American Dreams

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jesse Colin Young always provided a portrait of his personal viewpoint and a reflection on the overall state of things on his albums, and American Dreams was his musical statement circa the late '70s, which meant that several of its songs were set to a disco beat, and Young's listeners were alerted that he had moved to Hawaii. The album's second side purported to be an ambitious musical piece, the 17½-minute "American Dreams Suite," but turned out to be a series of song fragments conflating Young's musical autobiography "City Boy" with a mini-history of recent times including the optimism of the '60s "Music in the Streets", the uncertainty of the '70s "Can We Carry on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jesse Colin Young always provided a portrait of his personal viewpoint and a reflection on the overall state of things on his albums, and American Dreams was his musical statement circa the late '70s, which meant that several of its songs were set to a disco beat, and Young's listeners were alerted that he had moved to Hawaii. The album's second side purported to be an ambitious musical piece, the 17½-minute "American Dreams Suite," but turned out to be a series of song fragments conflating Young's musical autobiography "City Boy" with a mini-history of recent times including the optimism of the '60s "Music in the Streets", the uncertainty of the '70s "Can We Carry on the Dream", and such contemporary political issues as the fight against nuclear power "Sanctuary", ending with an appeal to responsibility "What If We Stay". Doubtless it was all sincerely intended, but Young lacked the writing and performing talent to sustain such a large work, and it came off as a group of engaging and earnest, if vague, songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140015722
  • Catalog Number: 157
  • Sales rank: 36,147

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Colin Young Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
David Hayes Bass
Scott Lawrence Keyboards
Jeff Myer Percussion, Drums
Jim Rothermel Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Composer
Eddie Floyd Composer
Jesse Colin Young Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Norman Petty Composer
Jeff Labes Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bruce Walford Engineer
Stuart Kutchins Executive Producer
Ron Coro Art Direction
Bill Tilghman Composer
Sunny West Composer
Jesse Young Engineer
Dan Gwynne Electronic Design
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