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If you don't know JD Souther, you surely know his songs. In the renaissance of popular songwriting that occurred during the 1960s and '70s, his name looms large as one of thechief architects of the Los Angeles scene. JD is an artist whose spirit and influence has had an enormous impact on a full generation of this country's greatest musical names: The Eagles, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Roy Orbison, just to name a few. The album features 11 songs, many of which have been recorded previously by other artists (The Eagles did 'The Sad Caf ', 'Best Of My Love' and 'New Kid In Town', Linda Ronstadt did 'Faithless Love').

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 31, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Entertainment One Music
  • ASIN: B004TB6GM2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The words are clear and heartfelt, and the musical arrangements are just enough.
Stephanie R. Langlois
This CD (11 tracks) presents the wonderful voice of J.D. Souther & great music (piano/guitar sounds) producing an interesting pop/jazz music.
M. Mariba
I found his first album through the music that I was listening to at the time, 30+ years ago.
JamieLuck....

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Schwarz on June 3, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Souther's last release, "If The World Was You" was a bold re-emergence of a major songwriting talent after a nearly 25 year hiatus. Classified as a "California Sound" singer-songwriter (and unfairly so, by the way), Souther surprised many with a jazz-flavored release that only hinted at his former musical life. Having seen him during the concert tour for that record, I was led to think that this would be a continued direction for Souther. So, what does he go and do? He comes out with a CD of old familiar tunes, many of which he willingly performed on the aforementioned tour. I was initially disappointed at the lack of new material, given he was so adamant about exploring his love of jazz. But after hearing him sing, and rework his songs to suit a more mature singing voice (which is still in stellar shape), and the acquired wisdom befitting his age, this was a project he had to do. The only tune with which I was unfamiliar, "Little Victories" was a nice surprise. Even the recently recorded "I'll Be Here At Closing Time", which was perhaps the most stylistically retro tune on his last album, gets a refresh. This is the way Souther's classic songs are meant to be heard. It will please old fans and newer ones alike.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By JamieLuck.... on June 3, 2011
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I am just recently 60 years of age. I found his first album through the music that I was listening to at the time, 30+ years ago. My friends and I spent a lot of time working out his vocal harmony arrangements and his "outside" chord progressions. There was just something different about this guy. I have to say that he is what I would call a true artist. If you know his work, you know that there is no discernable compromise in his art. Whether it is his first record or his most recent, this is a guy who does what he does because he was made that way. His lyrics, arrangements and vocal harmonies all make sense according to his own true calling, which, as I said, you get or you don't. His art is difficult to articulate, but the purity, and the intimacy of it feels, to me, so close. There are so so many great artists out there. At the end of the day, my favorites are the ones that "speak to me". There are many other greats, and I acknowledge their gifts, that just don't. JD does. Please, John, get the follow-up to Natural History going for all of us that "get it". Blessings, Jamie
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie R. Langlois on June 3, 2011
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The hardest part of this review was selecting an appropriate title. How do you categorize an artist like J.D. Souther? I have enjoyed his music longer than I care to admit. When I listen to "Natural History", it feels like being at an intimate house concert. The words are clear and heartfelt, and the musical arrangements are just enough. His voice is in perfect form. Certainly, J.D. is one of the foremost singer-songwriters of our generation. If you enjoy the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt's music, you are certain to enjoy this CD, because they are J.D.'s
songs. Listening to "Natural History" is the next best thing to seeing the artist live.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By One of Amazon's Best Customers on June 12, 2011
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This is an incredible album! I have always been a fan of The Eagles, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, to name a few. I listened many times to The Eagles' double live CD. There was a point where they brought JD up on stage to perform New Kid in Town. It was (and is) a song that conveys so much emotion. I found it amazing that the song was so evocative and the music so well selected, great harmonies, etc. And I also recall a video of James Taylor with JD as they performed Her Town Too. Loved the harmonies. So, when I saw that this CD was released, I checked into it. Folks, put the headphones on and listen to the clarity of the guitar and piano...I got goosebumps on the first listen! This is not some kind of re-release of "been there done that songs" or some kind of renaming of an old CD. This is material that has been lovingly re-worked and reconsidered and as a result has a sense of familiarity about it while also feeling fresh. And it continues to be evocative. Lots of images and feelings arise as you close your eyes and just listen. Very powerful.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark J. Rogers on July 17, 2011
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Yes, special thanks to David LaBruyere for the use of the vocal microphone, indeed. JD's voice never sounded better, and that's saying a lot. I've got to think that this is the album he always wanted to make. Listen to it on the very best hifi equipment you can, it'll be worth it. These 30/40 year-old songs are of such high quality. The quiet arrangements are just beautiful. But what's going to nail you is the vocal tone. I'm having a hard time identifying a better singer. Ironically, I betcha this will be his best selling record yet. The guy who seldom took the limelight, just may have jump-started something he wasn't prepared for. For the 50+ segment in which I find myself entrenched, this music is special. And this album will be discovered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Van Oostrom Jacob on June 28, 2011
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The first time i was impressed by J.D. Souther was in 1979 with the song "You're only lonely".
Over the years I totally forgot about him as his other songs didn't impress me that much...Until...Until J.D. joined in on a CD "The Crickets & their buddies" released in 2004 in which J.D. performed, for me, the most perfect version of Buddy Holly's " Everyday". It came clear to me me that J.D.Souther is an absolute top performer if he only gets the right people behind him.
In the case of this new CD " Natural History" he has definetely the right people working for and with him.The producer, Fred Mollin, understands J.D.Souther to the bone and J.D.'s songs are finaly getting what they deserve. The best treatment ever!
The recording is fantastic and all the songs are in a completely fresh package performed with a very small band set-up. That is all what J.D.'s songs need!
Hope that J.D. Souther and Fred Mollin have more future plans and come with another album..Don't mind J.D.Souther doing a complete Buddy Holly album as well in the future.
Thanks J.D. and Fred for a fantastic piece of Art! A pleasure for the ears.
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