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Album Review

Jesse Winchester first gained notice as a protégé of the Band's Robbie Robertson, who produced and played guitar on his debut album and brought along bandmate Levon Helm to play drums and mandolin. The album had much of the rustic Southern charm and rollicking country-rock of the Band. Winchester's other immediate appeal was a certain sense of mystery. A Southern American expatriate living in Canada, he was unable to appear in the U.S. to promote the album, which was released in a fold-out LP jacket that featured the same sepia-toned portrait (which looked like one of those austere Matthew Brady photos from the Civil War era) on each of its four sides. Winchester emphasized the dichotomy between his southern origins and his northern exile in songs like "Snow" (which Robertson co-wrote), "The Brand New Tennessee Waltz" ("I've a sadness too sad to be true"), and "Yankee Lady." Jesse Winchester was timely: it spoke to a disaffected American generation that sympathized with Winchester's pacifism. But it was also timeless: the songs revealed a powerful writing talent (recognized by the numerous artists who covered them), and Winchester's gentle vocals made a wonderful vehicle for delivering them. [Originally released by Ampex in 1970, Jesse Winchester was reissued by Bearsville Records in 1976, in 1988 by Rhino/Bearsville, in 1994 by Stony Plain, and in 2006 by Wounded Bird.]

Customer Reviews

"Quiet About It!"

Jesse Winchester's first LP was eagerly awaited and did not disappoint upon arrival! Yes; it did help a lot that various members of "The Band" backed him up on his first outing; but it was the songs and the singing that really stood out from the crowd! { We hear that Jesse shows up in Toronto and Montreal, Canada; sometimes sitting in with other musicians!} It must have been hard to leave Biloxi, Mississippi for the "Snow" of Ontario; much courage to follow your conscience! Chestnuts: Yankee Lady, Biloxi + The Brand New Tennessee Waltz. Let Jesse Winchester's mellow music "Nudge" itself into your collection! Grimmbo.


I bought this album in 1970 which was the best purchase I made that year and today it is just as relevant and timeless. Jesse is a powerful songwriter whose lyrics and music convey the human spirit and transcends the listener into a spiritual connection with oneness (Listen to "Black Dog"). His voice is easy on the ears and rich in substance. He sings about every day people, places, and things and gives them life beyond uniformity. Jesse Winchester knows how to be a fellow man. See him live!!

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FRAUD is the problem. It says buy the ALBUM. I bought 3. I already have the ALBUMs so know exactly what is on them. what I-tunes sells is NOT what they advertise. BUYER BEWARE. I received remarkedly different music than what i bought.


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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