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Just Across the River

Jimmy WebbAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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“Few singers blend grit and grandeur like Jimmy Webb…[his] voice is like an old Mustang heading through a treacherous yet often gorgeous landscape.” — Rolling Stone

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: E1 Music
  • ASIN: B003H093SK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The critical acclaim composer Jimmy Webb has received during his more than forty years of success is as remarkable as the accomplishments they honor: Webb is the only artist to ever receive Grammy awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration; he is a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriter s Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriter s Hall of Fame; and, according to BMI, his By The Time I Get To Phoenix, (sung on the new album in duet with Glen Campbell---the first time the two have ever recorded together) has been the third most performed song in the last fifty years. Webb s Wichita Lineman (performed here with Billy Joel and Jerry Douglas) has been listed in the Top Fifty of MOJO Magazine s worldwide survey of the best one hundred singles of all time, and was singled out in the Oct/Nov 2001 issue of Blender as The Greatest Song Ever.

Webb was known initially for the instant classics he provided for such artists as Campbell, Richard Harris ( MacArthur Park, Didn t We ), the Fifth Dimension ( Up, Up and Away, This Is Your Life ), and Johnny Maestro s Brooklyn Bridge ( Worst That Could Happen. ) Jimmy also topped the Country charts when Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson hit #1 with The Highwayman, a ballad which won him yet another Grammy for Best Country Song of the Year, and a CMA Award for Single Of The Year. On Just Across The River, Jimmy shares the mike with Mark Knopfler on this tune. Linda Ronstadt, who has recorded a multitude of Webb songs throughout her recording career, included four of his efforts on her double platinum album, Cry Like A Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind. She s on board here for a heartwarming, intimate closing duet on All I Know, the Webb standard made famous by Art Garfunkel. And that s just the beginning. As a performer Jimmy has released numerous critically-acclaimed albums over the years, earning distinguished reviews in all of the major publications, and unqualified praise following his appearances in concert halls and top cabaret venues. But he has never attempted a project like Just Across The River, where his singing AND songwriting is celebrated by the collaborations of his peers, like Jackson Browne and Willie Nelson, as well as artists who have revered his music for years, like Lucinda Williams, Michael McDonald, and Vince Gill. There has never been a songwriter like Jimmy Webb. And there has never been an album of his songs like Just Across The River.

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great American Songwriter June 29, 2010
Format:Audio CD
People talk about the Great American Songbook of Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, etc. There is a second Great American Songbook, populated by the likes of Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Burt Bacharach, and so on---writers who came of age in 60s and 70s, and whose work resonates deeply to this day.

Jimmy Webb is at the top of that list. He has made many great records of his own (Ten Easy Pieces and Land's End in particular) but never achieved status as a performer to equal his immortality as a songwriter, even though he tours regularly. This album goes a long way in re-connecting Jimmy with some of his greatest songs, and the connectors are a group of amazing voices. Some of the guests are artists who have sung his songs and had huge hits with them, like Glen Campbell and Linda Ronstadt and Willie Nelson. Others have loved and been influenced by Jimmy's work, like Jackson Browne and Lucinda Williams. And Billy Joel. His version of Wichita Lineman is a revelation! Everyone on the record obviously loves Jimmy and sings at their best. They inspire Jimmy to do his best singing ever. I feel like all of the versions of these songs are fresh and compare favorably with the original hits.

The production is great. Really transparent and supportive of the songs and the singers. The supporting musicians are some of Nashville's best, like Jerry Douglas. The whole album hangs together like albums used to do. It feels a little bit country, a little bit classic singer-songwriter pop, and never goes too far over the top and sentimental. These songs work best with a subtle touch.

If you've been into the James Taylor/Carole King album and tour, there's no way you won't love this record. Jimmy Webb's music comes from the same timeless place.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a very original idea, but solid overall... June 30, 2010
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It is hard to be truly unique in popular music. Jimmy Webb comes about as close as anyone. He is the Godson of Brian Wilson, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and, just a tad, Hank Williams...and the step brother of Tom Waits. Webb's songs, if they can be defined by one characteristic (and they really can't - I am over simplifying), are centered in melancholy. Structurally, stylistically, they can be downright weird. In the most beautiful way. Listen to "Wichita Lineman" (Glen Campbell's towering, sonic version). He also represents an era long gone, try as some youngsters might to replicate it. Jimmy Webb is southern California. The Beach Boys. The Mammas and the Pappas. Tie dye t-shirts and sandals. Blonde bikini'd girls who break your heart. "Drinkin' margaritas all night in the old cantina." Jimmy Webb is laid back southern California pop's soul (though I understand he now lives in New York...yikes!).

On this record, some of Webb's classic (and some not so classic) numbers are taken on by some notable artists. To get the not-so-good stuff out of the way. "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", with Webb's best collaborator of days passed, Glen Campbell, is an obligatory version. Campbell should have been given something meatier to sink his teeth into (what could he possibly do with a song he has probably sung - literally - thousands of times). "Oklahoma Nights", with Vince Gill, sounds like Webb was forced, at gunpoint, to write a song for modern country radio. Ugh. Most disappointing is Billy Joel's contribution to the song that is widely considered Webb's masterpiece, the aforementioned "Wichita Lineman".
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Amazon! June 29, 2010
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Thanks to Amazon - Not only for the low price for this collection, but also for putting Jimmy Webb on the front page of their latest "New Releases" e-mail. Jimmy has been writing incredible songs for over 40 years and it's about time he made the front page! He certainly deserves to be applauded as one of the greatest songwriters of his time. The care taken with these tracks is worthy of his composing skills.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up there with 10 Easy Pieces and El Mirage July 7, 2010
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Say what you want about rehashing old songs again and again; when the final product sounds as inspired as this, I have zero problem investing in it. Webb sounds as proud of every word as they day they came together as a song, and I can hear "Jimmy, I'd be HONORED" oozing from each guest artist. I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome, and bet everyone involved feels the same. Great stuff.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silk for the soul June 29, 2010
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All you need to know is that this music is as smooth as a Sunday morning drinking coffee, reading the paper, and playing footsies with your lover. If you want music to just mellow you out, here you go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent companion to Ten Easy Pieces July 22, 2010
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I am just a total sucker for Jimmy Webb's music. (Well, the old stuff is classic and awesome - most of the newer stuff is just OK.) I was so excited to see this new collection. Ten Easy Pieces is easily in my personal top ten. This could have been just a remake or reissue, but it has a very different sound. Webb has countrified his tunes and matched up with a cast of superstars. The results are marvelous.

I have already played this CD many times. When I first got it, the CD was in constant rotation for the first few days of a driving trip - perfect music for that. At least once a week, it is exactly the kind of music I want to hear.

I think Jimmy Webb has a fine voice and mixes beautifully with his singing partners. There is not a dud in this bunch of songs. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, It's Jimmy Webb - Need I Say More?
For my money, there are about 4-5 great singer/songwriters from the 2nd half of the 20th Century - Jimmy Webb; Paul Simon; Carole King; Paul McCartney, etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Music Maven
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Webb
I did not know he wrote all those songs. It is nice to hear how he would sing them. It is like Bob Dylan in that we do not realize how many popular songs he has written, but are... Read more
Published 7 months ago by bonnie clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Only topped by "Still within the Sound Of my Voice"
Jimmy Webb's "Just across the River" is a fabulous album! I listen to it and his newest "Still within the Sound of my Voice" on my car radio everyday. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Across the River
One of the best song writers of the 2nd half of the 20th century, Jimmy Webb and his cohorts in music, nail his popular hits. Quickly becoming one of my favorite albums!
Published 11 months ago by Richard S Naas
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Master's Mind
I have been a life-long fan of Jimmy Webb's songs. "Just Across the River" puts me squarely inside this master's mind as he and his guest stars sing his songs the way HE... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Handyman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I'd never heard of Jimmy Webb before Amazon offered it in their $5 sale. After listening to the samples I decided to give it a try. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Debbie Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars He's my homie
a couple tracks hit me
Way down there in the Indian Nation I ride my pony on the reservation
in the Oklahoma Hills where I was born Where
Published 13 months ago by Kelly Dunning
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
It was for my husband and he really likes it. We are looking forward to the next album that is coming out.
Published 20 months ago by Rachel R Pillar
5.0 out of 5 stars For fans of Webb
I doubt even Jimmy Webb himself would think of himself as a singer but these duets of his music are evidence of his incredible range and talent. Read more
Published 20 months ago by JHDScot
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Webb never fails to please
Love everything this man writes and this album he's brought in a great group of artists to join his duets album, including Glen Campbell, Michael McDonald and Linda Ronstadt to... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lynne ES
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