I, Jonathan

July 5, 2011 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Label: New Rounder
  • Copyright: (C) 1992 Rounder Records Manufactured and distributed by Concord Music Group
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  • Total Length: 38:04
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  • ASIN: B00598XAMI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,399 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The album is just increible.
M. Scagnelli
Jonathan Richman shuffled his way into the 1990s with his quirky, unique vision still smiling and unruffled (save his great hair).
Ferdy Belland
I'm going to order the CD for a friend of mine who spent some very fine years at Boston College.
Ron Sansone

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gena Chereck on June 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Richman's 1992 album I, Jonathan has got to be his coolest. He waxes nostalgic on several tracks without becoming mired in sap. "Parties In the U.S.A." is one of his best, built on a groove (and some of the lyrics) from the '60s hit "Hang On Sloopy." "Velvet Underground" is a tribute to one of Jonathan's favorite bands, performed Chuck Berry-style except for the mid-song break in which Richman slips into a spot-on Lou Reed impression to perform a snatch of the Velvets' "Sister Ray." A six-minute re-recording of 1983's "That Summer Feeling" sonically recalls the Velvets' "Sunday Morning" and "All Tomorrow's Parties." It's a beautiful song about the gulf between childhood experience and adult nostalgia; the "summer feeling" refers to childhood filtered through the adult mind so that only the best stuff is remembered, and Jonathan insists that it is a seductive, deceptive, and potentially destructive force ("you'll throw away everything for it"). This tour-de-force is followed by the zingy surf-rock of "Grunion Run," the jangly love ode "A Higher Power," and "Twilight in Boston," Richman's dreamy spoken-word tribute to his hometown. Other gems include the tense "You Can't Talk to the Dude" and the funky "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar." I'd put this right up there with Having A Party (1991) as one of Jonathan's most consistently entertaining efforts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I own about 10 of his albums, and have seen him live countless times. In my judgment, this is his very best work so far. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2000
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If you're a Jonathan Richman fan, you probably approach each new album purchase with a mix of exitement and trepidation. You ask yourself, "Will there be more than one or two great numbers on this one?"

If you've been wondering what's become of the JoJo who turned you on your head-- here he is! This is head and shoulders above anything else he released in the 90's. You've got to back to 1979's "Back in Your Life," or 1975's "The Modern Lovers" to find as complete and satisfying a mix of pure, clear Jonathan.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By F. Wu on December 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First, before reviewing this wonderful album, a few words for the un-initiated about Jonathan, who is way too childlike to address as Mr. Richman. Jonathan is a boyish, charming singer-guitarist who wears his heart on his sleeve. His voice is seemingly untrained, his guitar playing unsophisticated, but his songs are honest and emotional. What Jonathan lacks in musicality, he makes up for in passion and personality; more than any other performer I know, he lets us right into his heart. Depending on the listener's personality, this sloppy sentimentality is either a complete turn-off or a reason to keep showing up at his concerts.

On this album, "I, Jonathan," (1992) he continues to chronicle conflicts in his marriage with Gail. We see his then-wife mentioned by name in a previous album, "Modern Lovers '88" (1987), in a celebratory song which has only the lyrics "Gail Loves Me" repeated over and over. In his 1991 live album "Having a Party", he sings of how he got together with her just for fun, but Gail treated the relationship more seriously, and she never laughed at his jokes. In other songs, Jonathan reveals himself to be an ENFP on the Myers-Briggs personality scale - a emotional, intuitive, feeling, perceiving person, in essence, a man-child. Gail - as Jonathan describes her in song - comes across as sober, cautious in action ("Make a Mistake for Me Today", on 1989's "Jonathan Richman" album), conservative in dress ("Everyday Clothes," also "Jonathan Richman"), perhaps even a bit icy ("Closer," also on "Jonathan Richman"). Gail is an INTJ - introverted, intuitive, thinking, judger - close to the opposite of Jonathan. Benny and Joon these two are not. Gail is the grown-up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By glubak on July 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Jonathan Richman has picked up on two elements of the Velvet Underground that most of their followers missed. The first is the core of sweetness in songs like "I'll be Your Mirror", "Lisa Says" or "Rock and Roll". There's a similar spirit of innocence and joy in Jonathan's songs, and not a scrap of cheap irony in a song like "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar", for example.
The second element is the Velvets' musical roots in simple 50's rock'n'roll. Jonathan has caught that sound beautifully on this album, in all its lo-fi glory.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is on my top ten! If you have never seen Jonathan live, I suggest you do the first chance you get! These are the songs anyone with a heart and soul can truly relate to! They make you feel all warm and runny inside! "That Summer Feeling" almost makes me cry every time I hear it and I've listened to it many times. He can do the Velvet Underground almost better than they could themselves! "Tandem Jump" and "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar" are the rockin' and rollin' pick me ups. I've only seen him live once, but when he played Lesbian Bar he got DOWN complete with fan kick! I am going to see him over Labor Day weekend in Seattle and I can hardly wait! I'd highly recommend almost any of his albums, but this one is my favorite!
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