North American Long Weekend

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All Music Guide - Matthew Greenwald
Tom Freund has delivered a solo debut album that comes to the public for the most part fully grown. It's loaded with self-assured power, and more importantly, a confidence in the tunes themselves that's striking. The feel of the album is steeped in Americana, with references to and influences by Holden Caufield, Jack Kerouac, and Bob Dylan. Some of Freund's vocals -- and in fact the general musical approach on the album -- is reminiscent of early Tom Waits. There are some excellent guest musical appearances on the record, most notably by jazz great Jimmy Smith on organ. Freund's early background includes stints with the L.A. band the Silos, as well as an excellent ...
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All Music Guide - Matthew Greenwald
Tom Freund has delivered a solo debut album that comes to the public for the most part fully grown. It's loaded with self-assured power, and more importantly, a confidence in the tunes themselves that's striking. The feel of the album is steeped in Americana, with references to and influences by Holden Caufield, Jack Kerouac, and Bob Dylan. Some of Freund's vocals -- and in fact the general musical approach on the album -- is reminiscent of early Tom Waits. There are some excellent guest musical appearances on the record, most notably by jazz great Jimmy Smith on organ. Freund's early background includes stints with the L.A. band the Silos, as well as an excellent duet album with Ben Harper called Pleasure and Pain, which came out on the Cardas label. North American Long Weekend has indeed had a long gestation period, but it was well worth it. Freund's songs speak of searching for understanding and meaning in life, but they never sink into heavy-handed moralizing. The sound of the record is quite amazing to behold, and thanks to producer Margin Etzioni and engineer David Vaught, you have one of the best-sounding roots-oriented releases of this decade. The material is what really matters here, and what you will hear is first-rate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • Label: Found Music
  • UPC: 634479334429
  • Catalog Number: 5

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Digs (4:19)
  2. 2 27 (4:42)
  3. 3 Trondheim (4:55)
  4. 4 Lady Jane (3:58)
  5. 5 More Than Necessary (4:38)
  6. 6 Business of Knowing (5:22)
  7. 7 Holden Caulfield (4:21)
  8. 8 No Turning Back (3:56)
  9. 9 Great Authority (6:28)
  10. 10 Synagogue (5:21)
  11. 11 North American Long Weekend (4:24)
  12. 12 Beautiful Sadness (4:43)
  13. 13 Cry Baby Cry (3:27)
  14. 14 Business of Knowing (Revisited) (5:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Freund Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Upright Bass, Wurlitzer
Kris McKay Background Vocals
Joel Derouin Violin
Stefanie Fife Cello
Juliann French Violin
Bob Glaub Bass
Don Heffington Tom-Tom
David Immerglück Pedal Steel Guitar
Rami Jaffee Hammond Organ
Peter Kent Violin, Concert Master
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Greg Leisz Pedal Steel Guitar
Maria Newman Violin
Jerry Scheff Bass
Jimmy Smith Keyboards, Hammond Organ
John Wittenberg Violin
Jerry Yester Conductor
Nancy Roth Violin
Mike Bell Drums
Chris Searles Drums
Bill Dobrow Drums
Norm Hughes Violin
Christopher Joyner Piano, Wurlitzer
Bob Becker Viola
Matt Johnson Drums
Steve Richards Cello
Michele Richards Violin
John Goldman Bass
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Marvin Etzioni Producer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Rick Rowe Mastering
David Vaught Engineer
Doug Wieselman Horn Arrangements
Jerry Yester String Arrangements
Tom Jermann Art Direction
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