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  • Audio CD (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B007HLUA78
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From Broken Arrow, Oklahoma comes JD McPherson, an artist with an unaffected take on vital American music and a voice that channels the spirit of Little Richard and James Brown. McPherson's debut album, Signs & Signifiers, finds this renaissance man/hepcat meshing the old and the new, on a work that will satisfy traditional American rock 'n roll and R&B purists. The album was recorded on analog equipment through vintage microphones and a 1960s Berlant 1/4 inch tape machine.

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To look at him, you wouldn’t suspect Oklahoma’s JD McPherson of being a former schoolteacher. In fact, you’d be more likely to guess that he was a freelance hot rod mechanic, fond of painstakingly applying equal amounts of grease in his hair and the engines of classic powder blue Buicks.

McPherson’s debut solo album, though, will certainly be an education for some, drawing so heavily on retro rhythm and blues that you’d be forgiven for thinking it was actually a lost 1950s gem discovered by a crate-digging, vintage vinyl obsessive. Fully indebted to a bygone age it might be, with its talk of Cadillacs, savoir-faire and “scratching circles on the old dancefloor”, but Signs & Signifiers doesn’t seem fusty or dated. It is instead, pure-and-simple party music, make-out music and get-down-and-shake-it music, harbouring the sort of simple riffs and hooks that easily hop across the decades.

By taking things back to the roots of rock’n’roll, McPherson’s zeroed in on the very reasons why this kind of music first came about: to provide a soundtrack for newly anointed teenagers to shake loose, carve out their own stake in society and, let’s not be coy here, get laid.

Not quite a teenager himself, there’s still a youthful ardour in his approach. He’s not above including an unabashed pop moment in the shape of the incendiary North Side Gal. A speedy stroll with push-pull horns, an indelible backbeat and a story of unrequited love, or at the very least, one-sided lust, it’s enough to make even the staunchest of quiff-phobics break into a jive.

His cover of Austin, Texas rockabilly band The Bellfuries’ Your Love (All That I’m Missing) packs a mightier punch than the stripped-back, skiffling original; but A Gentle Awakening walks a slower path, a poised breather in an album full of jitterbugging jollity and brass band swinging. Laced with subtle, symphonic Sam Cooke stylings, it’s the understated star of the show and one of the few songs of the 12 here that broaches the three-minute mark. It’s also during this twilight reverie that McPherson seems to push the throwback envelope the hardest, showing that if he ever wanted to break out of his old-school bubble, he could do so in a heartbeat.

--Leonie Cooper

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Hall on 2 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This guy was recommended to me by a colleague who saw him perform live at the Rhythm Riot in Camber Sands, I'm so glad he did!

I feel like someone who has just discovered Rock n Roll for the very first time. It just sounds somehow so fresh and new, there's something magic about this album, the first thing that hits you is his superb voice, and the sound is just perfect. If he can continue turning out stuff like this, he's gonna be massive! I feel like taking up jiving lessons now so I can dance to it :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hepcat1950 on 9 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This Album is a must for anyone who loves pure original sounding Rock n Roll and Rhythm N Blues. Just think Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Bunker Hill and Johnny Burnette all rolled into one and you will be blown away by this album.
The material is all there own bar one and sounds really fresh but authentic.
The guy has a voice to die for and the production is superb.
Do not hesitate to buy you will not be disappointed.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
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JD McPherson's debut long-player, "Signs & Signifiers", is a proper old school rock `n' roll record, lovingly produced by Jimmy Sutton (Mighty Blue Kings, Four Charms, Del Moroccos), and recorded directly onto an antique 1960's Berlant ¼ inch tape machine. That dedication to detail reminds me of The La's Lee Mavers, who had to abandon recording a follow up to their much-acclaimed debut because he couldn't find authentic `60s dust to coat his old Vox amps. Hopefully McPherson wont be quite so obsessive, as I'm already a little over-excited thinking about his next record.

Raw and rockin', "Signs & Signifiers" is a perfect 35 minute album. Twelve tracks in all, ten of them written or co-written by McPherson, and not a slither of filler to be found. Opening cut, "North Side Gal", rattles along at a fine tempo, and features the first of many saxophone solos (courtesy of Jonathan Doyle and Josh Bell), which gives way to rough `n' ready version of Tiny Kennedy's "Country Boy", which is almost as good as the original. "Fire Bug" wouldn't sound out of place on a Tarantino soundtrack and "A Gentle Awakening" with its string arrangements, sorrowful soul vocal and measured pace provides genuine depth to a collection that'll surely appeal to old rockers, Wayne Hancock worshipers, bereaved Cramps fans and anyone who was impressed with last years Nick Curran record. 9/10.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P. WEST on 15 Aug. 2011
Format: Audio CD
You have got to be kidding me! No one can really have this much talent! Can they? I mean, can they, REALLY? You bet your buttocks, they can. At least on the evidence of this album, these guys can.
Sorry, I'm crap at writing reviews, and don't usually try, but for heavens sake, buy this and listen to something quite superb. I repeat in big letters, SUPERB!
Ooh I've come over all uneccessary. I'm gonna have to play it again. Sorry, must go.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Woody on 26 July 2012
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First off, the name JD McPherson should be for the band not one individual. Jimmy Sutton on upright bass is amazing! After saying that though, the vocals from JD are amazing. One minute he's Sam Cooke on the two slowies, the next he's howling at the moon like Little Richard and John Fogerty on speed and two cups of strong coffee. In essence, if you're a fan of big band early 50s R&B, rockabilly, R&B, soul, rock n roll, ska (as in where it came from in the first place), this album is for you. For the UK readers, It's a bit like "Later With Jools Holland", but without the utterly boring crap bands.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By seanie boy on 16 July 2012
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I was interested in this album after hearing a preview of just one song. The whole album does not disappoint, MacPherson has a great voice and the brass arrangements really lend themselves to the songs. If you dig Bo Diddley, Elvis or even The Clash then this album would be of great interest to you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bella Von Bluebell on 25 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
WOW! This is a must have....My faves are North Side Gal and Firebug, but all songs are greats. If you love 1950s Rock n Roll then this is for you!! JD is really getting noticed on the circuit these days and is now playing the likes of VLV and suchlike. Good on them i say :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Baker on 3 Sept. 2012
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Really impressed with this album. The overall sound and style he generates has not ben heard for many years. Unusually the songs get stronger later in the album. If you love rock n'roll music it is a must!
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