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This Side Of Jordan

August 20, 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Release Date: August 20, 2013
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • Copyright: 2013 Mandolin Orange
  • Total Length: 40:32
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  • ASIN: B00DJ9LR1A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,143 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Collie Leroy on June 17, 2014
Format: Audio CD
As a teenager, then young man, I was heavily influenced back in the '60s by the "great folk scare" that revitalized an interest in the kind of music done by the Weavers, the Carter Family, and the Appalachian sound from the earlier decades of the 20th century. While many of the groups performing popular "folk music" in the '60s were young urban musicians, they succeeded in preserving a form of music that is both fundamental to America's musical roots and a link to the music brought to America by immigrants. As we got deep into the '70s and beyond, this music seemed to slip to the background as the various forms of rock, pop, and country grew and flourished. Fortunately, not only did the traditional American music not die, but it has been taken up by a new generation and infused with a soulfulness and power of its own. The musical traditions displayed in movies such as "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?" and the more recent "Inside Llewyn Davis" are being carried on by wonderful musicians like Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Oscar Isaac, Mumford and Sons, the Punch Brothers, Sierra Hull, and many others. To that group must be added this marvelous duo from North Carolina, Mandolin Orange. The album "This Side of Jordan" is a gem--an absolutely invaluable addition to the folk tradition that is so alive these days. This album satisfies in every possible way, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Wow, what a sound these two have. I hope they are around for a long while and don't get caught up in the grip of the banal sound of contemporary "country" music we hear too much of these days. Sad to say, for all the good it has provided, Nashville has single-handedly destroyed real country music.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew M. Sanchez on August 22, 2013
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I hate to admit it, but I had not heard of Mandolin Orange until this past Sunday, they just happened to be featured on a local radio show and I just happened to be listening. Given that I really enjoy their brand of bluegrass (I'm calling in bluegrass, it can easily, I suppose be classified as Country/Folk as well) and that they are local to where I live in North Carolina, I believe they are from Carrboro, which is just down the way from Durham, it's rather remarkable that I'd never run across them. Nonetheless, once I heard them play a few tracks from their/this new CD I was hooked. The songs on this CD are just downright beautiful and soulful all in one go. Aside for the thought provoking and heart panging lyrics, there is a perfect blend of singing and musicianship on the CD--they are wed together perfectly. There are some nice overtones of Jazz on the cd as well, which I think just adds to the soulfulness. In general, I tend to be swayed/moved by the music in a song, I've run across few groups that do such good job of doing just that, and with such wonderful lyrics to boot.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S & J on September 29, 2013
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I have now expanded my music interests to the sounds and lyrics of these more mellow artists. Just a superb album, I hadn't heard of Mandolin Orange (head in the sand) before I purchased this CD, I liked it so well I now own their previous double CD release as well. What a pleasure it is to listen to.their music and the stories that the songs tell..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By crispy critter on February 22, 2015
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I have been on stage with Bill Monroe, saw the Byrd's in 67 and yadda , have 6000 vinyl records and 10,000 cds this band is deep. The first time I heard them it felt like the new yet old sound of The Band- seeing the band when they first left Woodstock was incredible but soon the excess of rock and roll sunk them. Mandolin Orange are the freshest most talented duo I have seen in years- comparisons fail , after seeing them on the tour with the wood brothers at the Fillmore and Napa one gets a sense that unlike so many others in the genre like Gillian Welch /Rawlings etc etc- all derivitave these two have an original voice so damn refreshing after all the reflections of Americana that sound the same- stood next to this band with a friend , we have seen Hendrix , Howling Wolf, Pete Seeger, Springfield , and Stones- THIS is a duo that reaches back to the best of who we are as a culture with all our wounds to bare- a fearless and innocent sound that carries far beyond thier country a universal sound beyond Americana. Get this , and ps the vinyl is well pressed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lucius on January 31, 2014
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This is a great album of relaxed, classic-sounding old time music. Love the voices and melodies. Whole album is a soothing experience. Found it on NPR's "Best of 2013" list, and very happy I downloaded it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith Cecil on March 7, 2015
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I bet I've listened to this a million times and I have yet to lose interest in it. There's something about the songs on "This Side of Jordan" that transcends time and genre. The duo hit a home run with "Runaround". The imagery in this song is unlike any song I know. Other fantastic tracks on this album include, "Morphine Girl", "House of Stone" and "Hey Adam", but quite frankly, they're all really good. There's not a single track on this album that I skip over to get to the next. I can't say that about too many albums. The songs are not overdone with instruments, which highlights the vocals and lyrics. Definitely a top 10 album in my collection. Worth a preview, if you're interested.
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