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Woodsmoke & Oranges / Jack Knife Gypsy [Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Paul Siebel Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino/Wea UK
  • ASIN: B0002DXQ7E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,667 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. She Made Me Loose My Blues
2. Miss Cherry Lane
3. Nashville Again
4. Ballad Of Honest Sam
5. Then Came The Children
6. Louise
7. Bride 1945
8. My Town
9. Any Day Woman
10. Long Afternoons
11. Jasper & The Miners
12. If I Could Stay
13. Jack-Knife Gypsy
14. Prayer Song
15. Legend Of The Captains's Daughter
16. Hillbilly Child
17. Pinto Pony
18. Miss Jones
19. Jeremiah's Song
20. Uncle Dudley
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Despite the undeniably high quality of his songs - which have been covered by the likes of Linda Ramstad, Bonnie Raitt, Ian Matthews and Waylon Jennings - Paul Siebel is far from being a household name. Within folk circles and among songwriters, however, his two albums - 1969's Woodsmoke and Oranges and 1971's Jack Knife Gypsy - are legendary. Two CD set from Rhino/WSM UK. 2004.

Customer Reviews

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars big between the cracks June 19, 2005
By obdan
John Prine, Leo Kottke, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore written by Bob Dylan, or vice versa. I would highly recommend this wonderful album, trust me, these are the prettiest butterfly wings you'll ever find. I like Lucinda Williams, and think Gillian Welch is incredible, I love Gram Parsons, and Uncle Tupelo. I like everything on this album and give it frequently as a gift. I have a 300 disc CD changer that I am constantly upgrading, Paul Siebel has remained for about seven years now.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Musical Genius June 13, 2006
By ****
This is a compilation of Paul Siebel's two legendary albums, "Woodsmoke and Oranges" and "Jack-Knife Gypsy". I can't remember when I first heard Paul Siebel's music, probably around 1970. However, I'll never forget the song. It was "Bride 1945" played over an FM radio station. The song was hauntingly beautiful, and I immediately bought "Woodsmoke and Oranges" and found that every song on the album was unique. The lyrics, music, and David Bromberg's exquisite guitar made each song a jewel captured in time. I used to listen to that LP in the dark at night in my little university apartment and tried to imagine the kind of man who could write such sensitive and sometimes cynical lyrics and sing with such feeling. I guess I had an aural crush on Paul Siebel. I thought his music was terrific and expected him to become famous. Eventually I came to the conclusion that I was possibly the only person on the west coast of America who knew who he was. His second album Jack-Knife Gypsy" came out a couple of years later and showcased his versatility. "Hillbilly Child", which he allegedly wrote with his friend Linda Ronstadt in mind is reminiscent of Hank Williams at his best. "Legend of the Captain's Daughter" has incredible original lyrics and a Cajun feel. I particularly like his songs, because they are not angst-ridden, self-indulgent drivel. Songs like "Pinto Pony" are visual stories that unfold like little motion pictures in your mind. They are often filled with allegorical allusions; the miners in "Jasper and the Miners" may really be about the CIA, FBI, IRS, or any diggers into one's privacy. "Ballad of Honest Sam" (allegedly about Nixon) is just as timely today given most American's disillusionment with current politics. Paul Siebel's voice is unique - kind of raw and pure. Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have! November 14, 2006
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This 2 on 1 is pure gold. Of all the "hidden gems" and "lost treasures" I've heard about, these two albums certainly rank among the highest, unassailable by nostalgic hype. Paul Siebel, clearly (and self-proclaimedly in the liner notes) influenced by Dylan, doesn't simply try to make music that tries to recreate Dylan's sound, voice and poetry (for example, like Meic Stevens or Bill Fay). Instead, Siebel understands Dylan's influence much better, and turns in songs that are not only narratives full of angst, humor, colorful characters and allegory, but he also taps into the sources of traditional Americana that were driving Bob's music. In fact, I'd say Siebel does a better and more diverse job of integrating traditional music styles into his work than Dylan. Rather, I'd probably compare him more to The Band's self-titled sophomore album (one of my very favorites). Every single song is a winner--thoughtfully written, expertly sung (think Dylan phrasing with an ear for key and a way better range), and dynamically arranged. The opening track sounds almost like Bakersfield country--there is some sweet pedal steel guitar throughout, and Siebel confidently kicks off the album. My favorites from the better-known "Woodsmoke and Oranges" are the hopeful "Nashville Again," the heart-breaking wisdom of "Then Came the Children," and the unique refrain in "Long Afternoons." "Louise" has been covered by lots of folks and it may be the reason you've even heard of Siebel (Plainsong's cover is what drew my interest). Out of the two albums, I think I may even like "Jack-knife Gypsy" better. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I.m Really Pleased With This Re-issue. January 25, 2007
I,ve been looking for this CD for years with no luck. Stumbled across it by accident,ordered it, and then realized the second album was included. I never heard it(Jack-Knife Gypsy), but when I did, I was overjoyed and regreted the fact that Paul Seibel didn't put out more albums than these two. The man has talent and more people should hear him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Ain't Nothin' But Fine, Fine, Fine December 20, 2008
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I had both these albums on vinyl back in the early 70's and loved them then. I hadn't listened to them for many years when I bought this CD. What an absolute revelation this CD is. The remastering brings these songs to life in a way I cannot remember with the vinyl.

He is a very different performer than Dylan and I cannot see the connection apart from the the time of recording and that the songs are superb.

If you like 70's East Coast country-style music then this for you. Superb songwriting and singing, great playing and an amazing sound. Quality all the way.

These two albums are stone classics and should be in every serious "roots" music collection. It may seem unusual that these songs aren't covered as often as other great songs, but then how can one improve on perfection?

Get it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Where has this terrific musician gone
Just about the best kind of music comes in the small package - it is honest, direct and memorable.
I like the words, and the little scenes that are set up in the tunes on this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alan D. Singer
1.0 out of 5 stars Windows 7 and Warner Brothers don't jive
I am giving this cd a one star rating not because of the content, but due to a problem between Windows 7 and Warner Brothers for this cd. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it, you'll be glad!
I saw Paul Siebel in about 1999-2000 or so when he was a guest at Jerry Jeff Walker's Birthday Bash in Austin. Another guest was Keith Sykes who is also great to see live. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. Pineda
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked
Paul Siebel was labeled another Dylan sound alike,but he's far from that. A really good songwriter and very good singer,he sings in almost that high lonesome hill style. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Wes Houston
1.0 out of 5 stars defective recording
Tracks were crackly and distorted the money was refunded but the experience was " I couldnt get my stuff'. too bad, because its great material
Published 9 months ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars music
Original songs sung by the writer in a folky 60's style all his own. Should be known by more people.
Published 15 months ago by william mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Siebel is a lost genius
I had both of these albums and lost them both when the river house I lived in flooded and took Paul Siebel away for what I thought was forever. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lee Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars A timeless, highly literate masterpiece.
To be honest, I can't find the words to describe Paul Siebel's music and how it affects me. I suppose I could mention influences like Dylan and Leonard Cohen, or his passion, or... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ed C. Fields Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great lost voices of the Sixties
If you've never heard of Paul Siebel, that's a shame, because he wrote some of the great songs of the folk/rock era, and many of them were recorded by other, better known artists. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Finius T. Bluster
5.0 out of 5 stars Come back Paul Siebel
In 1970/71 when I bought the 1st album at Tower Records in San Francisco, it was because of a Rolling Stone review which praised the entire project. Read more
Published on March 30, 2012 by T. Guenther
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