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Jonathan Edwards [CD]

Jonathan EdwardsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only ... Read more in Amazon's Jonathan Edwards Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 2, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B000002I3V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everybody Knows Her
2. Cold Snow
3. Athens County
4. Dusty Morning
5. Emma
6. Shanty
7. Sunshine
8. The King
9. Don't Cry Blue
10. Jesse
11. Sometimes
12. Train Of Glory

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Jonathan's smash debut, with the hit Sunshine and the classic Shanty a.k.a. "The Friday Song."

Singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards released this charming debut record in 1971. The album gained some mainstream attention thanks to the catchy political-pop single "Sunshine." Featuring rustic, acoustic-based ballads, and up-tempo numbers like "Train of Glory," Edwards's warm, gentle voice was surrounded by a group of empathic musicians collectively known as Orphan. Edwards sang his homespun tunes in a casual, easy manner, while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and harmonica. The emotional centerpiece on this album is "Sometimes," a touching ode to the early-morning memories of a love long gone. A convincing vocalist armed with a batch of heartfelt compositions, Jonathan Edwards typified the young, folkie troubadours that were popular in the early '70s. In retrospect, this recording was also his finest effort. --Mitch Myers

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as any other early 70's release ... November 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The late 60s / early 70s was ripe with folk and country talent like Steve Goodman, John Prine and James Taylor. Interestingly enough, Jonathan Edwards is not generally mentioned within the same breath or musical genre. His debut album is filled with wonderful, melodic tunes that rival his contemporaries. You'll undoubtedly buy the album for 'Sunshine' and 'Shanty' but will enjoy the 10 "supporting tracks" equally. A soft and gentle voice reminiscent of James Taylor and surrounded by superior musical talent provided by himself and band. As a 'folk junkie', I may be predisposed to this genre of music - I am, needless to say, a huge fan of this album and place it proudly with Goodman, Prine, Ochs, Bromberg, Koloc, Holstein(s), etc. etc. etc.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I was recently at my aunt's house in NY and we stopped over to her boyfriends house to feed all of his animals and I was looking through his collection of CDs and came upon this CD by Jonathan Edwards and curiously, I asked my aunt about it. She told me that is was a very good album that I would enjoy very much. So I put it on and instantly I was amazed. The guitar and the harmonica are great, but his voice is so UNBELIEVABLE! I can't believe what a great CD it is. All folk, blues and classic rock fans so own this CD! It is just simply amazing!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic folkie finally available again! February 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Back in the early 70's I (Carl) had three of his albums, which I played constantly. I was deprived of this pleasure by a flood in '81--and have been searching ever since. His music is light, sensitive and sweet. In concert he blazed with energy and dominated the stage. This first of his albums (to my knowledge) of course has the well-known "Sunshine" and Jesse Colin Young's "Shanty"--practically anthems of that era--the other cuts, however, are far from filler. Should would like to have the other two from back then--one was Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy, but I can't remember the other title...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe this guy isn't famous. December 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Not a voice anybody else has got anything like. A single made the radio but don't be fooled, the album is a whole piece of genuinely fine cloth. Only a hunch but I'd bet more than a few folks called singer/songwriters today listened to this record over and over growing up. Like Nilsson Schmilsson, which also came out in 1971, it surely don't sound thirty years old.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Gem! June 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you buy this album just because you like the song "Sunshine," it's well worth it. You can't help but feel good when listening to this classic. Any graduates of Ohio University or anyone who's partied at the legendary "party school" of Southeastern Ohio will appreciate Edwards' ode to "Athens County." I judge albums by how many songs I have to skip through while listening. There's no "skip throughs" on this one! A wonderful mix of bluegrass, folk, country, rock and blues, this is a classic that's perfect for your "Sunday Morning collection." Enjoy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooo ... takes ya back to the 70's!!!!!! August 1, 2003
By Brent
Format:Audio CD
I LOVE THIS ALBUM. I always loved "Sunshine" from the very first time I heard it in the 70's but I never bought this CD till now. This CD is what 70's music is all about. Great songs with lots of acoustic guitar and banjo. If you like James Taylor, John Denver and Jim Croce I doubt very much you will be disappointed.

The track "Sometimes" just plain down right flat out brings tears to my eyes it's so good! If you've ever lost someone you wish you had back, you will relate.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this album is one of the best July 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Jonathan Edwards is an unsung hero.His music is so full of flavor and life.A radio station in my area used to have what they call "desert island tapes"--if you were stranded on a desert island and you had three peices of music allowed for an indefinite amount of time--what would you pick?

This would be one pick of mine.Its that good.It is soothing,heartfelt and even funny.I have never met anyone who didnt like this album after being turned on to it.Jonathan has a voice of gold and the music is terrific.The only thing i would say is buy it!---you will not regret it.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Need a CD of His Alive Album February 17, 2002
By Cork
Format:Audio CD
I have an ulterior motive here. This is a fine album, and Jonathan Edwards is on my short list (Brewer & Shipley, Mickey Newberry) of folkie/country singers who never got their due. I'd asked my wife to get me this album for a birthday long ago, and she goofed--bringing home instead a Jonathan Edwards LIVE album, which may or may not have been called "More Orphan Than Not" in honor of his band. I debated returning it unlistened to, because to put the vinyl on the turntable meant it was yours. I resisted. Thank heavens. The album contains all his hits, and is one of the best live albums I've heard--right up there with "Live Rhymin'" The arrangements are tight, the audience into it, but not intrusive, and you can tell that Edwards is no studio creation. There's even a lyrical adjustment to "Sunshine" involving "damn lies" and "Nixon" that gets a laugh. The musicianship is first rate, and there are elements of humor.
Okay, we need this in CD form, as the grooves on the album version were long ago replaced by crackles and hisses. Step up, record company. People will buy it, especially once they've heard a few samples.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks!
A forgotten gem! Replaces a long lost LP. As happily remembered.
Published 14 days ago by Howard Pitzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, listenable music
Relaxing, soothing, upbeat music. Every song on the album is very listenable.
Published 1 month ago by Amy Lamborn
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Everything sounds the same!
Published 1 month ago by Larry O. Quillen Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have album if only for the campy classic "Lay Around The Shanty"
Love it ... best-est version of "Lay Around The Shanty", one of my favorite things to do on weekend mornings!
Published 2 months ago by Mark Zemke
5.0 out of 5 stars Have the album, now I can listen to it where ever I want.
This cd is great! From Sunshine to Shanty, it's my kind of music. And my wife likes it! That is rare in itself.
Published 8 months ago by L. Butcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Something for just about everybody to like
This is one of my less-known vinyls (from 1971) that I finally decided to buy in mp3. I play it when I need a little "feel good," or when, because I'm a nostalgic sentimentalist, I... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jon C. Farrar
5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal country rock
Jonathan Edwards, along with Craig Fuller, Poco. and the Marshall Tucker Band is a true
country-rock pioneer. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Russ Schenewerk
4.0 out of 5 stars 1970s Folk Treasure
If you listened to radio --- AM or FM --- in the 1970s, you couldn't escape the catchy strains of "Sunshine" by Jonathan Edwards. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful
Beautiful voice full of warm soulful notes. I was listening in the 70's and it's just as good today listening to an old friend.
Published 13 months ago by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars This guy is the best
Will be seeing him in Chicago in a month or so. Can't say enough about this album. Discovered him this year at the age of 40, strangely enough.
Published 14 months ago by David Boettin
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