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The Best of Jesse Winchester

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Album Review

Jesse Winchester wrote and recorded more than enough great songs for Bearsville to fill a single-disc compilation, which means that some of them were bound to be left off. The trick was to balance the material from the brilliant first two albums with a careful selection from the subsequent five albums, each of which had its virtues. This 14-track album chooses four from Jesse Winchester, including the essential "Yankee Lady," "Biloxi," and "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz," and three from its follow-up, Third Down, 110 to Go. There are three from Learn to Love It, one each from Nothing But a Breeze and A Touch on the Rainy Side, and two from Talk Memphis. Lesser material such as "Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt" and "Rhumba Man" could have been excised in favor of more from Third Down, but the selection is good enough to give a reasonable representation of Winchester's seven Bearsville albums, which contain some of the most impressive songwriting of the '70s.

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Southern Crabs

This dude is one of those classic cases of “southern crabs” and all I can say is I have been itching to get my hands on this garbage pile of musical Mississippi medical waste.
You will wake up with beard hairs in your mouth and bung. Wonderful wonderful stuff. I love you, Jesse.

The Best of jesse winchester

jesse winchester amazing

Excellent folk writer and Undervalued in his lifetime

Biloxi and Mississippi You Are on My Mind are 2 of my favorite tracks on here. Winchester was an excellent writer and interpreter.

Biography

Born: May 17, 1944 in Bossier City, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Jesse Winchester was the music world's most prominent Vietnam War draft evader, though his renown came from a body of wry, closely observed songs. After growing up in Memphis, Winchester received his draft notice in 1967 and moved to Montreal, Canada, rather than serve in the military. In 1969, he met Robbie Robertson of the Band, who helped launch his recording career. In the same way that James Taylor's history of mental instability and drug abuse served as a subtext for his early music, Winchester's...
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