The Salvation Blues
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As opposed to Olson's recent recordings that seem born of his life grounded in the California desert, pure Americana radiating joy, warmth, and belonging, The Salvation Blues conveys a sense of movement, distance, coldness and isolation while also making several references to Olson's travels through Europe (check out Clifton Bridge and National Express, both great songs). However, though the lyrics are evocative and moving, if not somewhat oblique, they aren't overly mournful either. Similarly, the music is generally, surprisingly upbeat, more sweet than bitter (as on Winter Song), capturing that folksy, acoustic sound Olson has become known for. Don't get me wrong, there are some sad tunes here (his solo Wurlitzer performance on My One Book Philosophy). It's just that in spite of darker themes, these songs ultimately give rise to deliverance and liberation, and in that context are as much about hope and optimism as they are about pain.Read more ›
The 3 tracks that his former partner Gary Louris sings on, are just what is needed, it brings us back a little to their former greatness, and promises what is to come when their duo record comes out next year. Best tracks are Clifton Bridge, Salvation Blues, Sandy Denny and of course the old Jayhawks gem that was never recorded until now, Poor Michael's Boat.
Highly recommended for anyone who loves singer-songwriter, from the heart, just good music, something that is sorely lacking in most of today's music.
Plus, Gary Louris sings with Mark on a few tracks. When these two sing together, it is pure magic.
The quality of the vinyl itself is very high.. 180 gram pressing with a sturdy gatefold sleeve. All of the lyrics and liner notes are included. If you're a fan of this record, and have a turntable, I would highly recommend picking up the vinyl. I think it's how a record like this is meant to be heard.
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I like some of the songs and some not so much but I find this to be true of most music I buy ,this is why people often down load the music from their computers but I find that the... Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by iya
The Jayhawks are/were a phenomenal band, sporting the elite songwriting team of Mark Olson and Gary Louris. Read morePublished on August 11, 2010 by A. Boyd
I love this album. There is pain in it, there is hope in it. Mark lays it all out. I get a knot in my throat when I hear it. Keep making music.Published on March 3, 2009 by P. Eastwood
Mark Olson's "Salvation Blues" begins with the weeper "My Carol" and continues with tracks like "Poor Michael's Boat" and "National Express" that have Olson's nervous vocals with... Read morePublished on August 30, 2008 by Lee Armstrong
Mark since his early days with the Jayhawks has always had a pressence that you can not get enough of,Its good to see hes back after a long lay off,keep up the great music Mark.Published on November 7, 2007 by Thomas E. Cragg
I didn't know that Mark Olson had a new album until I did an itunes search for anything Jayhawks-related that was new. Read morePublished on November 4, 2007 by Red Wing
In fairness I would like to say that I have only just recently listened to this CD. I am somewhat disappointed that there seems to be very little original thinking going on with... Read morePublished on October 15, 2007 by Ross I. Fenner