Songs (click on the -icons
for audio) 1.
2. Once Upon A Time
3. Nobody Knows (why it just grows)
4. Big & Open World
5. Let It Go
6. It Couldn't Be
7. Oh My Oh My
8. Ladybird Calling
9. As Long As I Get Mine
10. Sleep Around Hang Around
11. Hear My Train Pounding
12. 'bout Time I'd Let You Know
13. All Pain & No Gain
14. Better Than Before
15. Terraplane Blues
All music written, performed and arranged by Jan Oelbrandt (except
track 15 by Robert Johnson)
Produced by Jan Oelbrandt & Ralph Samantha
Additional musicians :
- Patrick Riguelle (bluesharp, lapsteel on 2,6)
- Wigbert Van Lierde (acoustic guitar and backing vocal on 7)
- Pascale Michiels (2nd vocal on 10)
- Roland Van Campenhout (acoustic guitar and backing vocal on 14)
Recorded at The Crossroads (Vrasene, Belgium)
Photo's & Design : Jo Clauwaert for Creation & Devotion.
Photo below : Kurt Van Strijthem. All rights reserved. Tel : 02/582.12.45
man and a guitar (a shiny one), sometimes a harp, a 2nd voice or an old blueshero
backing him up .. 15 songs. What more is there to say ??
For instance that this cd has the atmosphere of the Deep South (of the States
that is). Dusty plains, dusty country roads, dusty pick-ups and dusty singers
with a guitar - a shiny one - all around.
For instance that 14 of the 15 songs are original compositions, and that I was
wondering all the time if they were no covers.
For instance that you could compare his music to the works of Chris Whitley (from
the period of "Living with the law"), Daniel Lanois or Ry Cooder, but
that these comparisons would be a bit too much for DobroJean.
For instance that the singing is not bàd at all, but that it's still weak
part of the product DobroJean : to young, too white, to clean ??
For instance that the songs "Sting Jive",
"Big & Open World", "All Pain
& No Gain",
"As Long As I Get Mine" and especially "Better
are the ones that left the best impression.
For instance that there are probably a lot of folks strumming their guitar on
a front porch in New Orleans with about as much talent as DobroJean, but that
they will never get a record deal in the States. And that the world is unjust.
Or, why not : that 'bout time didn't convince me at first, but that this first
impression is turning around after a number of spins.
And your opinion?
Did I get it all wrong, or was I spot-on ? Do you want to share your opinion about
this cd ? Send it in, and I'll put it up here !
This album in the press:
- gd'h in Rif-Raf : "On "Big
Open World" DobroJean comes close to the guitar-style of Mississippi John
Hurt and on the title song he's on the same wavelength as John Hammond. No bad
references! The album doesn't stay interesting 15 songs long though.."
- P.V.D. in Weekend Knack "a debut
with some merit."
- Jempy Samyn in Stage: "With this
splendid debut-solo-cd DobroJean ... brings a bit of the Mississippi right into
your living room. His shining dobro sounds the way a real reso-guitar should sound,
like a kettle. With the strings miles away from the arm, it's clearly an enjoyable
thing to slide with a bottleneck on these "wheeping strings of blues-harmony"."
- Metro (De Morgen) : "a felt and integer
debut of a musician that has well digested the American roots music." (***1/2)
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than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those
for customers in Belgium.
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