Ghost Writer/One-Eyed Jack/American Boy & Girl

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Garland Jeffreys attended Syracuse University in the early 1960s alongside his friend and classmate Lou Reed, and while history does not record if they took a class in literate but street-smart songwriting, if they did, it's a sure bet they both aced the course. Just as much as Reed, Jeffreys is a poet of the New York streets, and his tales of life as a multi-ethnic man living on the rough and tumble side of Brooklyn are vivid, smart, passionate, and never afraid to show either force or compassion when needed. Jeffreys was also fusing his rock & roll with roots reggae before the Jamaican sound had broken through to a mass audience in the United States, and similarly, he...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Garland Jeffreys attended Syracuse University in the early 1960s alongside his friend and classmate Lou Reed, and while history does not record if they took a class in literate but street-smart songwriting, if they did, it's a sure bet they both aced the course. Just as much as Reed, Jeffreys is a poet of the New York streets, and his tales of life as a multi-ethnic man living on the rough and tumble side of Brooklyn are vivid, smart, passionate, and never afraid to show either force or compassion when needed. Jeffreys was also fusing his rock & roll with roots reggae before the Jamaican sound had broken through to a mass audience in the United States, and similarly, he wasn't afraid to also throw Latin grooves into the mix, but his eclectic sound and uncompromising lyrical stance proved to be a tough sell in the United States, and outside of 1981's Escape Artist, he's been far more popular in Europe than at home. Significantly, three of Jeffreys' key albums -- 1977's Ghost Writer, 1978's One-Eyed Jack, and 1979's American Boy & Girl -- are finally receiving their first release on CD in a two-disc package from the excellent Australian reissue label Raven Records rather than A&M Records, the U.S. outfit that released them back in the day. Ghost Writer wasn't Jeffreys first album, but it was the first where his unique mix of elements finally jelled properly, and while tales of street life dominate the set ("Spanish Town," "Cool Down Boy," and the instant classic "Wild in the Streets"), his celebration of living at the movies, "35 Millimeter Dreams," and the fervent lover's plea "Lift Me Up" show he had plenty on his mind. One-Eyed Jack was cut from similar cloth, with a greater emphasis on autobiographical themes, but didn't connect quite as strongly, though the slinky funk of "She Didn't Lie," the '50s-flavored "Reelin'" (featuring superb duet vocals from Phoebe Snow) and the moody title cut revealed a more varied approach than Ghost Writer, and the cover of "No Woman, No Cry" is superb. American Boy & Girl opted for a leaner approach than the previous album, and there was more bite in his stories of street kids caught in the urban jungle, especially the harrowing "City Kids" and the title song. However, the album also featured the stylized romance of "Matador," which became a major hit single in Europe, and the impressionistic philosophizing of the closing track "If Mao Could See Me Now." Raven's remastering of the three albums is excellent (though the spooky whisper of "Death to Amin!" has been trimmed from the end of American Boy & Girl), Ian McFarlane's liner notes are very good, and the packaging is handsome. Garland Jeffreys' catalog has long deserved better treatment, and this set gives three of his most important albums a well-deserved second life, and it comes highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • EAN: 9398800033429
  • Catalog Number: 334
  • Sales rank: 11,936

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rough and Ready (2:58)
  2. 2 I May Not Be Your Kind (3:49)
  3. 3 New York Skyline (3:31)
  4. 4 Cool Down Boy (4:05)
  5. 5 Ghost Writer (5:42)
  6. 6 Lift Me Up (3:29)
  7. 7 Why-O (3:41)
  8. 8 Wild in the Streets (3:01)
  9. 9 35 Millimeter Dreams (3:15)
  10. 10 Spanish Town (7:45)
  11. 11 She Didn't Lie (3:27)
  12. 12 Keep on Trying (3:31)
  13. 13 Reelin' (3:16)
  14. 14 Haunted House (2:55)
  15. 15 One-Eyed Jack (5:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Scream in the Night (3:52)
  2. 2 No Woman No Cry (4:44)
  3. 3 Oh My Soul (4:04)
  4. 4 Desperation Drive (4:21)
  5. 5 Been There and Back (4:25)
  6. 6 Livin' for Me - The Mao Band (4:24)
  7. 7 Bad Dream - The Mao Band (2:49)
  8. 8 City Kids - The Mao Band (5:15)
  9. 9 American Boy & Girl - The Mao Band (3:55)
  10. 10 Matador - The Mao Band (4:44)
  11. 11 Night of the Living Dead - The Mao Band (4:47)
  12. 12 Bring Back the Love - The Mao Band (3:35)
  13. 13 Ship of Fools - The Mao Band (3:04)
  14. 14 Shoot the Moonlight Out - The Mao Band (3:27)
  15. 15 If Mao Could See Me Now - The Mao Band (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Garland Jeffreys Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Dr. John Piano, Clavinet
David Peel Background Vocals
Phoebe Snow Background Vocals
James Taylor Vocal Harmony
Luther Vandross Background Vocals
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Don Grolnick Organ, Piano, Electric Piano, Clavinet
David Lasley Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Rob Mounsey Organ
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
George Young Tenor Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Conga
Robert Athas Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Chimes, Electric Guitar
Rubens Bassini Percussion
John Boudreaux Drums
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Soloist
Danny Cahn Trumpet
Tim Cappello Horn, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals
Burt Collins Trumpet
Rory Dodd Vocal Harmony
Anton Fig Percussion, Drums
Steve Gadd Percussion, Drums, Timbales
Diana Grasselli Background Vocals
Diva Gray Background Vocals
Winston Grennan Drums
Anthony Jackson Bass
Rick Marotta Drums
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Classical Guitar, Soloist
Phil Messina Trombone
Lynn Pitney Vocal Harmony
Paul Prestopino Mandolin
Alan Rubin Trumpet
David Spinozza Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, Soloist, Fuzz Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Richard Trifan Mini Moog
Eric Troyer Vocal Harmony
Arnold McCuller Vocal Harmony
Alan Freedman Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Andy Chernack Electric Guitar
Al Cohen Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Sugarbear Electric Guitar
Rafael Goldfeld Bass
Johnny Ace Bass
Rick Schlosser Drums
Leon Pendavis Clavinet
Jeff Marinov Guitar, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Lou Delgato Baritone Saxophone
Technical Credits
Dr. John Arranger
Garland Jeffreys Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
James Taylor Duet
Robert Athas Arranger
Tim Cappello Arranger
Roy Cicala Producer
Rory Dodd Vocal Arrangements
David Spinozza Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Alan Freedman Arranger
Warren Barnett Mastering
Vincent Ford Composer
Ian McFarlane Liner Notes
Charlie Shays Horn Arrangements
Ed Freedman String Arrangements
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