Jeffreys, Garland

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Jeffreys, Garland - Garland Jeffreys Garland Jeffreys
Pop New - LP SD 7253 Atlantic
Sealed, Rare 1973 Original Featuring Alan Freedman, Dr. John, Patti Austin, Ralph MacDonald, Mike Mainieri And Others.... more details
 
Jeffreys, Garland - Escape Artist Escape Artist
Pop New - LP JE 36983 Epic
Sealed 1981 Original With Custom Song Hype Sticker. Includes Limited Edition Four Song 7". An Underrated Record And Tough To Find With The Bonus Single.... more details
 
Jeffreys, Garland - American Boy & Girl American Boy & Girl
Pop New - LP SP 4778 A&M
Sealed 1979 Original. “Garland Jeffreys Employed A Studio Full Of High-Priced Session Musicians On His Previous Album, 1978's One-Eyed Jack, But The Disc Failed To Capitalize On The Breakthrough Represented By Its Predecessor, 1977's Ghost Writer, Which Had Employed Much The Same Group Of Players. A Year-And-A-Half Later, On American Boy & Girl, Jeffreys Is Accompanied By His Stage Band, A&M Records Apparently Cutting The Recording Budget Or Finally Realizing That It's Jeffreys' Songs More Than His Musicians That Matter. This Collection Is A Good Representation Of His Street Poet Persona, In Which He Sings Feelingly Of The Challenges Faced By Lower Class Urban Youth In Their Struggle To Escape Their Upbringing. "City Kids" Puts The Matter In Stark Terms, The Lyrics A First-Person Account From One Of The "Delinquents And Reprieves/Orphans And The City Kids" Who Survive On The Street Committing Crimes "For A Thrill.” "American Boy & Girl," Which Follows, Finds The Singer Describing Two Young People, Again Challenged By Drugs And Desperation, But Hoping That "A Little Inspiration" Will Save Them And Pleading In The Chorus, "Don't You Let Me Down." Clearly, The Songwriter Sees Himself As One Who Managed To Save Himself From Similar Circumstances, And He Devotes Songs Like "Livin' For Me," "Ship Of Fools," And "If Mao Could See Me Now" To Declarations Of Self-Worth And Accomplishment. Unlike Some Who Have Romanticized Street Life, Jeffreys Faces It Unsentimentally, But He Also Addresses It With An Expressive Tenor And A Set Of Rock & Roll And Reggae Tunes That Make The Message Go Down Easier.” William Ruhlmann, AMG.... more details
 
Jeffreys, Garland - One-Eyed Jack One-Eyed Jack
Pop Used - LP SP 5100 A&M
Rare 1978 Test Pressing Housed In A Custom Made Mock-Up Jacket. Appears Unplayed.... more details
 
Jeffreys, Garland - Ghost Writer Ghost Writer
Pop New - LP SP 4629 A&M
First Copy We Have Ever Had In Stock Of This Rare, Sealed 1977 Gatefold Original With Custom "Wild In The Streets" Hype Sticker On The Shrink Wrap. “Ghost Writer Wasn't Garland Jeffreys' First Album, But It Was The First One Where His Signature Lyrical Voice Made Itself Properly Heard On Vinyl, And Where He Seemed To Fully Embrace The Stylistic Eclecticism That Would Become One Of The Hallmarks Of His Work. On Ghost Writer, Jeffreys Spins Ten Vivid Tales Of Life On The New York Streets, Ranging From The Cool Literary Philosophizing Of The Title Cut To The Teenage Rage Of "Wild In The Streets," Encompassing The Slinky Reggae Of "I May Not Be Your Kind," The Sinewy Latin Grooves Of "Spanish Town," The Cocky Rock & Roll Of "Rough & Ready," The Graceful Sweet Soul Of "New York Skyline," And The Edgy, Urgent Menace Of "Lift Me Up." What Holds It All Together Is Jeffreys' Songwriting, Keenly Intelligent Without Seeming Academic And Reveling In The Power Of The Word. Jeffreys Can Sing About The Dilemma Of Race In An International City, Political Unrest In Another Land, Unrequited Love, The Movies That Give Life To His Dreams, And The Books That Nourish His Soul While Sounding Wise, Fully Engaged, And Like The Coolest Guy On The Block All At Once, With A Voice That's Sweet, Sharp, And Commanding. Ghost Writer Is An Album That Covers A Lot Of Ground In Ten Songs, But It Never Gets Lost On Its Whirlwind Ride Around The City, And If It Became A Cult Item Rather Than A Mainstream Success, Anyone Who Gives This A Fair Hearing Is Likely To Conclude It's The Work Of An Artist Of The First Order, And Jeffreys' Second Masterpiece, Escape Artist, Would Attract The Larger American Audience He Deserved.” Mark Deming, AMG.... more details
 
Jeffreys, Garland - Escape Artist Escape Artist
Pop New - LP PE 36983 Epic
Sealed 1981 2nd Pressing (PE Prefix That Did Not Contain Bonus Single). Cut Out Hole. “With 1981's Escape Artist, Jeffreys And Producer Bob Clearmountain Finally Hit On The Right Combination; A Set Of Tough, Witty Songs That Dealt With The Personal And The Political, Backed By An Exceptional Studio Band That Included Members Of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band And Graham Parker's Rumour. With Jeffreys' Rock And Reggae Songs Given A Slight New Wave Sheen And A Pulse That Was Strong But Danceable, Escape Artist Had A Sound That Was Polished But Full Of Life, And The Many Moods Of The Songs -- The Edgy Stutter Of "True Confessions," The Upbeat Reggae Of "Christine," The Fist-Pumping, Anthemic "R.O.C.K.," And The Wiry And Streetwise "Mystery Kids" -- Reflected The Energy Of Jeffreys' Home Town Of New York, Where A Neighborhood Could Change Completely When You Turned A Corner. Jeffreys Also Came Up With One Of His Strongest Sets Of Songs To Date, Melodically Forceful While Telling Stories That Were Both Passionate And Mature, And His Vocals Were Muscular And Full Of Soul (Lou Reed And David Johansen Guested On The Sessions, But Jeffreys Showed He Could Sing Rings Around Them). The Guitar-Fueled Cover Of "96 Tears" Pushed Escape Artist Into The Charts And Made It Jeffreys' First Real Hit In The United States, But There Isn't A Single Tune On This Album That Doesn't Sound Great And Have Something To Say; With The Possible Exception Of Ghost Writer, This Is Garland Jeffreys' Finest Hour.” Mark Deming, AMG.... more details
 

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