American Jukebox Fables

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Thanks to a number of releases on Philo starting in the 1990s, Ellis Paul has earned a rep for his literate songs and distinctive high-end vocals. On American Jukebox Fables Paul brings these gifts to bear on the American landscape in the post-millennium, post-9/11 world. Perhaps the first thing one will notice is the big production, one that includes everything from acoustic and electric guitars to bass, drums, mandolins, and background vocals. It isn't so much the eclectic nature of these instruments that calls attention to the production, though, but the fact, in busier passages, that the instruments are all overlapping one another. While these arrangements don't ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Thanks to a number of releases on Philo starting in the 1990s, Ellis Paul has earned a rep for his literate songs and distinctive high-end vocals. On American Jukebox Fables Paul brings these gifts to bear on the American landscape in the post-millennium, post-9/11 world. Perhaps the first thing one will notice is the big production, one that includes everything from acoustic and electric guitars to bass, drums, mandolins, and background vocals. It isn't so much the eclectic nature of these instruments that calls attention to the production, though, but the fact, in busier passages, that the instruments are all overlapping one another. While these arrangements don't overpower Paul's vocals on songs like "Blacktop Train" or "Kiss the Sun," they do add a busier, more bombastic dimension to them. The material -- as the title suggests -- has a strong Americana element throughout, with references to everyone from Johnny Cash to Charlie Chaplin to Hank Williams. In "Kiss the Sun," for instance, Paul mixes Middle American images -- Kansas wheat fields -- with images of war, but adds to the usual liberal message by praising figures as disparate as Martin Luther King and Lenny Bruce. One begins to gather with "Jukebox on My Grave" that Paul is building a portrait of his own America, an America with a legacy of violence and great music. While the production sometimes overwhelms the lyrical underpinning, fans will find American Jukebox Fables a fine entry in Paul's catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • UPC: 011671124629
  • Catalog Number: 711246
  • Sales rank: 18,050

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blacktop Train (4:46)
  2. 2 Kiss the Sun (4:01)
  3. 3 Take All the Sky You Need (4:16)
  4. 4 Time (2:31)
  5. 5 Goodbye Hollywood (4:46)
  6. 6 Marc Chagall (4:04)
  7. 7 Jukebox on My Grave (3:39)
  8. 8 Home (4:16)
  9. 9 Alice's Champagne Palace (4:23)
  10. 10 She Was (3:51)
  11. 11 Bad, Bad Blood (4:40)
  12. 12 Mystified (4:43)
  13. 13 Clarity (5:12)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ellis Paul Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Flynn Various
Keith Reid Piano
Rachael Davis Vocals
Rachel Davis Vocals
Technical Credits
Flynn Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Tom Waltz Mastering
Ralph Jaccodine Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Much imagination and skill to be both polished and fanciful all in one

    Playing Time – 55:06 -- From the stock of Maine potato farmers, Ellis Paul moved to Boston, studied music, connected with the roots of the folk genre, then proceeded to develop a signature singer/songwriter sound that now incorporates pop, rock and contemporary sensibilities. Ellis Paul’s wise perceptiveness and charisma have built him a strong fan base. He’s also a hardworking, resilient touring artist who has garnered numerous awards for ten album releases and music, some of which has been featured in soundtracks for the films, Shallow Hal and Me, Myself, & Irene. “American Jukebox Fables” is Ellis’ first solo CD since 2002’s “The Speed of Trees.” I immediately noticed that his voice has much character, and his songs understand the bond between land, life, heart and soul. The CD begins on an up-tempo note, but Ellis can also create an intimate and familiar feeling with songs like “Time” and “Goodbye Hollywood.” Keyboards and percussion provide the primary instrumental excitement that serve to increase the emotional impact of his material. I did feel, however, that some selections could have included more vocal harmony. Produced in Boston by Flynn (see flynnmusic.com), “American Jukebox Fables” also had the able support of Rachael Davis. Ellis possesses all the fundamental elements for success as a singer/songwriter. His messages are profound, and they make us think. “Bad, Bad Blood” is a hard-hitting tale about a life of being addicted to money and love. “Home” is a lover’s tribute with Ellis singing “this house is just an address, you’re my home.” “Jukebox on my Grave” leaves us with his simple wish to mark the music man’s ultimate resting place. His jukebox songs also reference some of his influences – Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Marvin Gaye, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Rolling Stones, Hank Williams, Buddy Holly, and others. It takes a lot of imagination and skill to be both polished and fanciful all in one. Ellis Paul shows us how to do it in a distinctive, erudite and masterful fashion. (Joe Ross)

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