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The Wanting

Glenn JonesVinyl
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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Glenn Jones is a unique voice working in the decades-long tradition of American Primitivism. What sets him apart from the many devotees to this style is the combination of expressive playing and technical skill, most significantly his inventive use of alternate tunings and partial capos. As anyone knows who has seen him perform, Glenn is a remarkable storyteller, and his songs reflect that ... Read more in Amazon's Glenn Jones Store

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  • Vinyl (September 13, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B005ANZN4U
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,032 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Wanting, Glenn Jones' first album for Thrill Jockey, was recorded in a fourth floor apartment on Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston, overlooking the commuter train line. If you listen carefully to the record, you can occasionally hear trains going by in the background. Simply put, The Wanting is a collection of original compositions for solo acoustic steel string guitar, six-string, 10-string and bottleneck, and 5-string open-back banjo. Glenn Jones, a 30+ year devotee of the so-called ''American Primitive'' school of acoustic steel string guitarists, has been playing guitar since the age of 14. He formed Boston psych-rock band, Cul de Sac, in 1989 and led it on its 20 year journey to nowhere, leaving nine albums in its wake, including collaborations with guitarist John Fahey and Can's Damo Suzuki.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Wanting October 17, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I love it when an artist dares to open their release with a cut that probably isn't the first choice of the marketing department. Not that we of the guitar soli are exactly worried about that or even have a marketing department. Glenn Jones opens his new release with "A Snapshot of Mom, Scotland, 1957." And it's all we've come to expect of Jones and his eclectic tunings and complex compositions. Complex, beautiful and perfect for opening this release.
You might wonder what you are in for in the first minute of "The Great Pacific Northwest" but it turns out to be one of the most traditional American Primitive songs on the effort. Now here it might be interesting to discuss the fact that I am differentiating traditional AP from...well, what? From what Glenn Jones has done with the style to make it his own. But back to the song, it has a very comfortable, familiar feel to the melody. It just grabs me and pulls me in.
Now let's talk about the banjo tunes. My first impulse is to compare them to the last release, BBQ Bob and see what kind of direction Jones seems to be navigating. It is kind of cool that he is exploring this instrument and letting us steal a look at the process as he works through an instrument that he admits he doesn't play in any of the traditional styles. Hmmm, sounds like the root of American Primitive to me! Self taught. So...the compositions seem to be in the same vein on both efforts but the main thing I notice is the technique is smoother, more subtlety applied here and there. I think what stands out most about these pieces is the simplicity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KICK BACK ON THE PORCH WITH A QUIET WHISKY August 23, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fans of John Fahey take note! His adventurous acoustic spirit lives on in Glenn Jones, who put out one of the most heartfelt albums of 2011. Simply brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime September 16, 2011
By lpfan
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful album of American Primitive guitar work. Glenn shows off his skills and his ability to convey emotions with this incredible album. It will please all fans of John Fahey , Jack Rose, Robbie Basho. Glenn is truely a treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful June 16, 2013
By CBaltis
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Great work from a talented musician. The definite soundtrack to the novels I'm currently working on. I couldn't recommend this more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crisp and Joyful May 25, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Jones' "Of Its Own Kind" grabbed me on the radio, I'd never heard of him but made a mental note and went to the Web to find out who this artist is. This led me to this album, "The Wanting," which is crisp, clean acoustic guitar, earnest, rythmic and ringing with melody. A joy to listen to.
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