The Adventures of John Paul Jones - Reviews

 

ROCK AND REEL - British Folk Magazine

It reads like a Boys Own adventure yet the story of Scottish seafarer John Paul Jones is little known in Britain.It is, however, more familiar across the Atlantic where, having fought for the Americans, he's regarded as a hero of the Revolutionary War. That's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg regarding Jones' story as erstwhile Battlefield Band member Reid and his long-time musical collaborator Rob van Sante reveal in this absorbing album. The Adventures of John Paul Jones is the third release from Reid and van Sante and it's one that shows off their excellent and inventive musicianship, and especially Reid's exceptional  songwriting. Over the course of fifteen tracks his descriptive narrative songs draw the listener into the tale of how the lowly gardener's son from Kirkcudbright lived a full
and fascinating life before dying in poverty in France. Using several different musical styles from British, American and Quebecois traditions to tell the story Reid perfectly sets the tone with opening track 'The Gairdener's Son' and then holds the attention through to the closing 'The Chevalier'. Featuring several first rate musicians, Jones' story is brought vividly to life, thanksin no small part to Reid's clear and concise vocal delivery and the album's excellent production values.

 

LIVING TRADITION - Hugh Taylor

A musical tour de force.  In truth there is not a bad track on the album. Rob van Sante is a large part of this album's success, from his harmonies and elegant, understated guitar playing to the recording, mixing and mastering".

 

DOUG ORR
(President Emeritus, Warren Wilson College, and founder, Swannanao Gathering Music Workshops)

Superb and wonderfull storytelling and creative imagery.  I loved the line in 'On The Loose'..'led the Royal Navy on a merrydance'......stunningartwork beautifully packaged.

 

DAVE DEWAR - Craigie Folk Club

"No quiet retirement for Alan Reid after forty years as a singer songwriter with the Battlefield Band.  Alan's latest venture with Rob van Sante is a sparkling theme based album on the life of Scot John Paul Jones.  Jones was a controversial sailor who is regarded in Britain as a traitor, but in the United States as the founder of the American Navy. The duo's album tells the story, aided by an array of fine musicians.  What a good job they make of this. With first class arrangements, the story flows. Alan's
clear diction allows the listener to easily identify the events as they unfold. The album is so varied that I find myself liking all the album tracks, a rare occurrence for me.  The reflective tracks of 'When I was Young' and 'Becalmed' are particularly appealing. I did like the beautifully presented graphics throughout the album and the quality of the sound recording was most impressive. Well done Alan for writing a most creative, enjoyable and entertaining album. We now know much more of John Paul Jones's story".

 

 

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