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Kensington Blues

Jack RoseAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Cross The North Fork 7:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Rappahanock River Rag (For William Moore) 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sunflower River Blues 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Now That I'm A Man Full Grown II 9:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Calais To Dover10:19Album Only

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A native of Virginia and resident of Philadelphia since 1998, Jack Rose first rose to prominence with the drone/noise/folk unit, Pelt. Pelt can be counted among the early influential new music underground bands such as UN, No Neck Blues Band, Charalambides, Tower Recordings and Six Organs of Admittance. Rose recorded and toured with the band up until 2006. Rose released his first solo LP in ... Read more in Amazon's Jack Rose Store

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  • Audio CD (August 30, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vhf Records
  • ASIN: B000AA7GUW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,646 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Master of American Primitive Guitar November 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Track list: total time = 45 minutes

1. Kensington Blues

2. Cross the North Fork

3. Cathedral et Chartes

4. Rappahanock River Rag (for William Moore)

5. Sunflower River Blues

6. Now That I'm a Man Full Grown II

7. Flirtin' with the Undertaker

8. Calais to Dover

This is a phenomenal outing. I can't really do it justice, but for a PR written, but honest, evaluation, go to the label site and check out all three of Rose's releases. VHFrecordsdotcom has sound samples for all the songs, a comprehensive review AND...hold on to your hat! A GREAT price! I bought all three Rose CD's for 30 bucks, including shipping! Amazon is a good site, but hey, why are the discs more than 50% more? Please, that is ridiculous! Check out his other titles for my reviews on those, as well. A little bit about the songs...I'm a sucker for 12 string guitar. Add Rose's masterful finger picking and it's all over for me. Next, he throws in some slide work, not Delta blues, but Eastern flavored. Add a couple tasty rags and finally his wonderful cover of Fahey's Sunflower River Blues. Great production, no dub's, just first-takes, amazing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best in His Field Today. September 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
He's been called the natural heir of John Fahey and on his earlier releases managed to evoke the memory of Fahey, Basho and (Sandy)Bull, blending a Mississippi blues drawl, folky americana and eastern influences. However it is with this album that he truly justifies that description.

I would suggest that this is a significant step forward from those earlier albums, "Red Horse White Mule/Opium Musick"(now available as a single CD release)which are excellent, but require a lot more listening to get into. He produces a richer, warmer sound packed with memorable melodies and even greater variety, expanding his repertoire to include a couple of delightful ragtime numbers.

When you consider that every track was a first take you realise this is a performer brimming with confidence and at the top of his game. Such is that confidence that he effortlessly 'takes on the master' with a wonderfully fluid rendition of Fahey's "Sunflower River Blues". This album is packed with variety from rag to raag, to mini epics of winding narrative.

If you have any interest in the solo guitar of Kottke, Lang, Fahey, Basho etc, but want to see where the future lies, this is an essential purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Beautiful June 25, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Too beautiful for my vocabulary. Modern? Traditional? Folk? Country?

All of them, all of it. Mr. Rose' life was too short.
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