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Garland Jeffreys
"The King of In Between"

Many critics hail Garland Jeffreys as one of the most underrated musicians in the history of rock. It is easy to understand why, this New York music legend finally having returned to the fray after years of artistic abstinence. "The King of In Between“ is Garland Jeffreys' first studio album for 13 years - and in the ... Read more in Amazon's Garland Jeffreys Store

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  • Audio CD (2 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Raven
  • ASIN: B004S3ATWO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Rough And Ready
2. I May Not Be Your Kind
3. New York Skyline
4. Cool Down Boy
5. Ghost Writer
6. Lift Me Up
7. Why-O
8. Wild In The Streets
9. 35 Millimeter Dreams
10. Spanish Town
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Disc: 2
1. Scream In The Night
2. No Woman No Cry
3. Oh My Soul
4. Desperation Drive
5. Been There And Back
6. Livin' For Me
7. Bad Dream
8. City Kids
9. American Boy & Girl
10. Matador
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Product Description

Raven presents on great value Double CD (and for the first time on CD ever in their entirety), three classic albums by Garland Jeffreys: 'Ghost Writer' (1977), 'One-Eyed Jack' (1978) and 'American Boy & Gir'l (1979) originally recorded for A&M Records. The enigmatic and inspirational singer / songwriter Jeffreys was Brooklyn-born and worked the nightclubs of Manhattan during the late-60s and early-70s and was an associate of Lou Reed and John Cale. His debut album for Atlantic featured gritty tales of New York street life while his most famous song 'Wild in the Streets' became a staple of FM radio. Jeffrey's unique blend of rock 'n' soul, blues and reggae earned him a loyal following. He issued these three albums at the height of his acclaim. Ghost Writer is considered to be his masterpiece, a genuinely literate and ambitious work of enduring worth. AllMusic Guide described it as "an album of striking urban songs that are both confessional and confrontational". He continues to record and tour to this day. With 30 tracks, 140 minutes of superb quality audio, detailed liner notes and color booklet this is an essential collection for the Classic Rock music enthusiast.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Bruce on 5 May 2011
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First of all compliments once again to RAVEN for a superb job in (a) digging up these albums and (b) quality of the discs. I heard Ghost Writer the year after it's original release in a little Parisien Bar of Rue St Dennis.......... Spanish Town and I may not be your kind bacame and remain to of my all time favourites but the whole album has a unique sound and quality - on it's own I'd give it 5+ but the other two don't quite match it's quality. Garland should have been much bnigger star than he was and it's good to hear he's back on the road with a new album, try this one for size
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By A o davis on 26 Mar. 2015
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Fantastic albums
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1 Classic Album, plus 2 so-so albums 23 Jun. 2011
By Sherringford Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Surprisingly, this is the first time that Garland Jeffrey's 1977 album "Ghost Writer" has been made available on CD. And it remains a great album, groundbreaking in its blend of musical styles. Garland has an amazing, soulful voice, and he fits it to each song, so much so that he almost doesn't sound like the same singer from song to song. Nearly every song on the album is a classic, and it includes perhaps G's best-known song, "Wild in the Streets" (although first released as a single in 1973). At the time, it had been 4 years since Garland last released an album, and he had written some great songs in the interim, including a rock'n'roll homage to film in "35 Millimeter Dreams," perhaps the most beautiful song about NYC, "New York Skyline," and several great reggae songs, "I May Not Be Your Kind," "Why-O," and the literary semi-autobiographical title track. The album concludes with the evocative epic "Spanish Town," a unique and powerful entry in Garland's catalog.

The songwriting suffered on the next album, "One-Eyed Jack," which was released the following year. While this is hardly a terrible album, it seems like product after the masterpiece "Ghost Writer." There are only a few standout songs on the album, the duet with Phoebe Snow on "Reelin'," the cover of "No Woman No Cry," and a song about confession of all things, "Oh My Soul." Still, I am glad to have a chance to finally hear this album.

Garland's next album, "American Boy & Girl," released in 1979, was definitely an improvement over "One-Eyed Jack." The first side, ending with Garland's poetic cri de coeur "Matador," is brilliant. "City Kids" is an excellent, gritty tale of the streets, and it shows how Garland's songs of the New York streets differ from Lou Reed's. Reed often seems to be merely an impersonal observer, but Garland always injects some sympathy into the song, even when the lyrics are not explicity sympathetic. "Livin for Me" is a wonderful opening track, and "Bad Dream" features a geat reggae riff. Side Two is not quite as good. "Night of the Living Dead" is promising, with an interesting rhythm and lyrics, but the song never seems to go anywhere. Many of the songs on Side 2 are undistinctive, including "If Mao Could See Me Now." Having never heard this album before, I expected more from such an intriguing title, but it's still a good song, just not a great one.

Garland is experiencing a resurgence of late, with an excellent new album out called "The King of In Between," so this is a good time to delve back into his trio of late-70's albums. "Ghost Writer" is one of the great albums of the 70s, and it's nice to have the other two on CD as well. Raven did an excellent job with the remastering, and the albums sound great.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good deal on some hard to find albums 14 Jun. 2013
By fscuffy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
These are three good to excellent albums from the late 70's -early 80's by a much overlooked artist. The sound quality is fine and I mainly sought this out because I could not find American Boy & Girl (not exactly a big hit at the time) in any format. Most of the songs have withstood the test of time, though a couple of the more pop oriented ones (mostly from One Eyed Jack - but there are some good tunes there as well) are slightly dated. The main reason for the 4 instead of 5 star rating is due to having to split the 3 albums into 2 CD's. Not really that big a deal unless you really were looking forward to a listening to each album straight through for some reason...

I could kick myself that I missed a chance to see Jeffreys at a very small, old theater venue recently because I had ticket to a 76'ers game that night. Doubly regretable because the Sixers @_$*$@!@! at this point.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
almost classic 6 Mar. 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally! It's a pleasure to see these wonderful albums on disc, especially the classic "Ghost Writer." Or is it really a classic? Time has a strange way of making some old favorite albums better than they really were, and I suspect "Ghost Writer" may be such a case. Yes, there are some fabulous songs on here, some of the best that Garland Jeffreys ever wrote ("Wild in the Streets", "Spanish Town", "New York Skyline), but the album suffers a bit from too many weak reggae-flavored tracks ("Why-O" and "I May Not Be Your Kind" are okay but not among his best tunes). In any case, it's nice to see the entire album on CD, as well as the entire "One-Eyed Jack" and "American Boy & Girl," two albums which didn't receive nearly the acclaim that "Ghost Writer" did, but in retrospect, they sound better to me now than they did way back when they were first released. The passage of time is certainly a strange thing, the way it shapes, and changes, your opinion. Whichever album you prefer, this 2-CD set offers lots of well-crafted songs from a artist who deserves MUCH more attention from the rock/pop/soul listening public. Garland Jeffreys is a great one.
Old man loved it 12 Jun. 2013
By Samantha Ornelas - Published on Amazon.com
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My husband and his best friend were hanging out on night and started talking about old songs and he came home and asked me about this album. I told him Amazon would have it and he was so pleased when it was there at an affordable price and had EVERY SINGLE song he and his friend wanted to hear. It actually got him abck into his music again. HOWEVER, the process they used to burn it on must be highly new because it doesnt want to play in older cd players, it will skip around so be warned about that. Thats why I only gave it 4 stars otherwise it would have got 5.
Aussie 3 LP on 2 CD Zeroes on Garland Jeffreys GroundBreaking Early Period 2 April 2014
By Ron Foley Macdonald , . - Published on Amazon.com
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I always admired Garland Jeffries even though that major breakthrough seems to eluded him. These early albums for A&M made his reputation and you can hear why in abundance: gritty lyrics, smooth grooves, and a sound somewhere between Van Morrison, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan. Flash forward to his latest albums--including The King Of In Between--and you have a remarkably consistent artist whose vision and talent endures despite the commercial neglect. These are the albums that remain his core achievements.
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