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Golden Age of Radio

Josh RitterAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Josh Ritter is from Moscow, Idaho. The son of two neuroscientists, he was on his way to follow in their footsteps when he discovered Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan's "Girl from the North Country" in high school. He has since released five studio albums and has been recently named one of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste Magazine, alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil ... Read more in Amazon's Josh Ritter Store

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  • Audio CD (January 18, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Signature Sounds Recordings
  • ASIN: B00019PDF2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Come And Find Me
2. Me & Jiggs
3. You've Got The Moon
4. Lawrence, KS
5. Anne
6. Roll On
7. Leaving
8. Other Side
9. Harrisburg
10. Drive Away
11. Golden Age Of Radio
12. Song For The Fireflies

Editorial Reviews

This scruffy, well-traveled, literate Rhode Islander recalls the desultory whispers of Nick Drake, the ragged tunefulness of Ryan Adams, and the natural wit of a young John Prine. He may come off as a slacker, painting his name on water towers and jamming to Townes Van Zandt on the porch, but his lyrical skills, unpretentiously poetic and refreshingly concise, suggest a purposefulness that's deeper than just folksy charm. Within the sparest musical framework--fingerpicked guitar, whirling organ, lo-fi drums, some bass--Ritter evokes a delicately dense romanticism that's more on-edge than earnest. "This world must be frightening," he sings, "everybody's on the run/but I can't leave this world behind." There's quiet wisdom in Ritter's world; fans of post-Dylan singer-songwriters will want to listen close. --Roy Kasten

Product Description

This Idaho-born singer/songwriter made a modest splash when his debut album was released in 2000, and after three years of watching his profile gradually rise on the national and international scene (he has an enthusiastic cult following in Ireland, including a cover band devoted to his songs, and Joan Baez has covered "Wings"), the Signature Sounds label reissued Golden Age of Radio, Ritter's sophomore effort, with a bonus disc that includes drastic remixes of two album tracks, one previously unreleased song, and two videos. Ritter's voice is charmingly unremarkable -- not ironic or casual or self-effacing, just pleasantly plain with an occasional hint of Dylan-style Okie affectation. You'll also hear hints of Freedy Johnston and fainter hints of Tom Waits in songs like "Roll On" and "Drive Away." Producer Darius Zelkha wisely avoided gussying these songs up, keeping Ritter's acoustic guitar and unadorned voice central to most of the arrangements and embroidering them tastefully with the occasional drum kit or electric guitar. [Not surprisingly, the remixes on the bonus CD take a very different tack, turning "Come and Find Me" into something much richer and more atmospheric and "Other Side" into a kind of twisted Americana trip-hop. "Chelsea Hotel #2" is a delicately lovely voice-and-guitar number.) If you own the original release, this reissue may not have enough new material to justify a new purchase, but it's definitely worth picking up as an introduction to this impressive young artist.] ~ Rick Anderson, Rovi

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicting September 21, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of Josh Ritter until I heard him play live for our Four Directions Summer Research Program at Harvard Medical School this past August. He gave the most amazing performance (and he was so nice, too!) This CD has become one of my favorites. The songs ROLL ON and ME & JIGGS were the first to catch my attention, but now I like many others, like ANNE, OTHER SIDE, GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO, etc. I understand that Josh Ritter is very famous in Ireland, but I think he soon will be a household name in the U.S. Some artists I could compare him with are Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen. If you like these artists, you must get this CD!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just really good June 9, 2003
By Chelsea
Format:Audio CD
Josh Ritter's "The Golden Age of Radio" does what many albums fail to do; it creates a world that you can lose yourself in, that almost sweeps you off your feet. When I first heard it I was blown away, with the gentle first track "Come and Find Me" into the second "Me and Jiggs" which has more of a alt-country feel to it, but is neither abrupt or disappointing. Ritter's lyrics are beautifully woven, and each song is recognizably distinct, however most are reminiscent of Drake and Dylan. An amazing buy, you won't be disappointed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Accomplishment October 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Josh Ritter's "Golden Age of Radio" is a classic CD. Bursting with talent, Ritter's songs are lyrical and quirky, original and wise beyond his years. This recording is among the best released this year. On the opening track, "Come & Find Me," Josh sounds like Nick Drake with his breathy soothing vocals, "We walked up in the fields alone; silence fell just like a stone." "Me & Jiggs" is a sweet midtempo toe tapper where Ritter references Townes Van Zandt and writes in Townes' league, "I'm feeling good; it's 7 o'clock; we're going to drive 'cross the county line; you find Saturday night like an orphan child that the good days left behind." "You've Got the Moon" raises more Nick Drake comparisons as he pounds the guitar strings. Josh reflects on how precious life is on "Lawrence KS." "Anne walks alone past the Domino sugar factory; she's as easy to know as a mystery," Josh sings on "Anne" with its original melody. "Roll On" has great word play, "West of her is where I'd like to be." "Leaving" has a simple tune that repeats and cuts against emotions about moving on. "I'm still waiting for the whiskey to whisk me away," he sings on "Other Side." "Harrisburg" rolls by like a Springsteen ballad. "Drive Away" strikes me as a beautiful ballad that Lucinda Williams might sing. Josh rocks on the title track, "I got a worried mind I know; I hear the ghost of Patsy Cline on the Grand Ole Opry show." The CD concludes with the quiet "Song for the Fireflies." I'm enjoying this CD as much as Jack Johnson's "Brushfire Fairytales." Along with Evan Olson's "Red" & Mason Jennings' "Century Spring," this is one of 2002's great sophomore efforts. Seek it out! It's outstanding!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant classic January 4, 2005
By Androo
Format:Audio CD
While Josh Ritter's newest album is a little more polished perhaps (on the surface), this one is every bit as good. JR's songs are like paintings, full of detail and atmosphere; they're fabulous from across the room, but you see all kinds of things when you get up close and intimate. And he makes it seem so ridiculously easy: a stroke here and there and he's conjured up a whole scene. How does he do that? I think he writes some of the best lyrics in contemporary folk music; he's right up there with the established greats, I reckon - a natural; he makes you feel so at home with his good-natured vocals, always underplayed and subtle. There's an infectious warmth to his music that makes you listen over and over. I can't be the only person waiting with baited breath for the next album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Early Josh April 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the precedent to the breakout CD "Hello Starling" by Mr. Ritter. If you enjoy thoughtful lyrics and "just right" minimal accompaniment and downright catchy tunes, you should find this appealing. It's honest, real singer-songwriter music meant to be listened to over and over. Not a bad track on the CD. Some of the tracks are upbeat, some thought-provoking and introspective, all are a joy. The "Bonus CD" is a few remakes of songs on the main CD, plus one new track. The "videos" are blurry, badly edited and grainy. Never mind that. Listen and enjoy. This guy is great. Highly recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - a fantastic album, a breath of fresh air. January 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This dude is going places. I caught the end of "Me and Jiggs" on NPR's World Cafe the other week and had to find out who this dude was! I bought the slightly different version of this cd off of his website, but man is it great. He's got elements of John Prine, Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Nick Drake, and Steve Earle that blend into a fantastic, unique blend. Favorite tracks include "Roll On", "Harrisburg", "Lawrence, KS", and "Me and Jiggs". It's a super nice blend of alt-country and folkie. Try his website for his first album which was released in '99 and is equally as good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Talented! June 12, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the best albums I've heard in a few years. Every song is very catchy - you won't want to quit listening to it! After hearing the haunting 'Come and Find Me' on Six Feet Under, I had to rush out and buy the album. This is one purchase you won't regret - especially when he becomes a household name (as he inevitablly will) and you can tell all your friends you heard of him 'way back when.' He has a new album coming out in the Fall of 2003.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Josh's best
I love this album, such memorable songs. Both wonderful lyrics and rocking out! Josh is extremely talented and this album remains one of his best.
Published on April 1, 2009 by Bren
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Age Of Ritter
I have at least 3 John Ritter CD's now and he is the real thing. This is one of the CDs I own and it is a keeper. Read more
Published on May 12, 2008 by Ignacy Urbanski
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great
I rate this 3.5, and round it up...because I like the guy and his songs, but the really good lyrics are diminished some by the sound of the songs. Read more
Published on September 3, 2007 by applewood
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not Great
I rate this 3.5, and round it up...because I like the guy and his songs, but the really good lyrics are diminished some by the sound of the songs. Read more
Published on September 3, 2007 by applewood
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I love this album so much. I've owned it for 4 years and it's one of the few albums that I still play often year after year. Very thoughtful lyrics, great acoustic sound. Read more
Published on August 29, 2007 by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars The best musician I have found
A couple of months ago I was watching a pod about the SXSW music festival in which they featured Josh Ritter for about 10 seconds. Read more
Published on July 31, 2007 by Victor Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars He's From IDAHO, not Rhode Island
Probably the most under-rated folk musician around, his lyrics are amazingly descriptive and melodies range from upbeat to languid. Read more
Published on June 7, 2006 by P. Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars No more!!
UPDATE: I still don't like this record, but Josh has won me over with his new one, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter. Read more
Published on October 5, 2005 by A guy from Philly
5.0 out of 5 stars A great find
This is a really great album. It is the perfect mellow road trip music. Reminds me a lot of Bob Dylan. Read more
Published on July 22, 2005 by EA
5.0 out of 5 stars London's burning
saw josh live in london last wednesday. he's amazing. i've never before seen an artist so obviously worthy of being on stage, and yet so appreciative. Read more
Published on June 21, 2004 by Mr P R Rush
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