on September 26, 2007
What do critics know? This album has been panned ever since it appeared in 1978. I've had it on vinyl since then, and it has always been one of my favorite Jesse Winchester albums. Everything about it is delightful. The vocals are fantastic, the arrangements are unfailingly imaginative, and the recorded sound is unusually good for the period. I haven't heard the CD reissue, but if you like Jesse Winchester, this is a must-have. Even his cover of Tony Orlando's "Candida" is superb!
on May 20, 2008
My husband and I listened to our vinyl copy of "A Touch on the Rainy Side" last night after it had sat collecting dust since the early '80s, and we were blown away (again) by Jesse's vocals. They are in turn achingly beautiful, soulful, Southern-gospel joyful (we speculated that Lyle Lovett may have listened to Jesse's "I'm Looking for a Miracle," which foreshadows Lyle's own wonderful gospel-y tunes), melancholy and plaintive, bouncy/jaunty ... the man could sing just about anything. He has unerring, right-on-the-money pitch, beautiful tone, an amazing range -- and, maybe best of all, his singing always sounds absolutely natural, unstrained, whatever the style.
Fantastic vocals aside, I think the songs themselves here are fine, and a few of them, excellent.
Until I looked up this album here on Amazon, I didn't know that it had been panned. Unfortunately, I haven't heard much other Jesse Winchester to compare it with, except for a handful or two of individual songs (which are all excellent.) If this is a "bad" Jesse Winchester album, then I have to agree with another Amazon reviewer who said that even a "bad" JW album is better than a lot of other artists' "good" stuff.
I think this album is worth having. I'll go out on a limb and say it's not Jesse's best, but then, his best must be awfully damn good. I was so impressed with him (or re-impressed, I guess, after not having heard any of his music for decades) that now I plan to acquire his whole catalog, probably starting with his 1970 self-titled debut album, which contains the classic "Yankee Lady."
on January 14, 2008
They said I would get my order by Christmas Eve. NOT There was no customer Service with Amazon. I ended up talking with some one from India that couln't help. I could have purchased all the products at home, but thought since I heard such good things about Amazon and free shipping I would use them. I didn't have two gifts for people on Christmas and part of a third that went with a puppy. I had to tell the people sorry Amazon still had their gifts. No one from
Amazon ever called or even offered me anything for my troubles. I won't order from them again. Really disappointed so was the gathering on Christmas Day, when they learned Amazon still had their gifts. They won't be ordering either. No customer service, and inflated shipping which makes cost more. Three weeks should be ample time for any shipping unless overseas. I still get angry thinking about this