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Truth Serum

Garland Jeffreys Audio CD
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"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 (30 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Luna Park Records
  • ASIN: B00E668TD4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fifty years into his storied career, Garland Jeffreys is enjoying the kind of creative second wind most artists can only hope for the first time around, earning a swarm of critical accolades and experiencing his most prolific stretch in decades. 'Truth Serum,' his second album in two years, is a cri de c ur, a stripped-down tone poem from an artist taking his rightful and hard-earned place in the musical pantheon. More than a dozen years had passed without an American album from Jeffreys when he came roaring back into the spotlight with 2011's 'The King of In Between.' Hailed by NPR as as good a classic roots rock record as you re going to hear from anybody, the record which featured an appearance by old pal Lou Reed earned raves from The New Yorker to USA Today and led to a performance on Letterman, as well as appearances onstage with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Levon Helm. Written on guitar and demoed into a portable cassette player, working with the same core of musicians from 'The King of In Between' including Steve Jordan and Larry Campbell, along with Zev Katz, Duke Levine and Brian Mitchell. The result is an album that stands among Jeffreys' very finest. The record is a call to arms, a reflection on the world we live in and a vision of the world we owe it to ourselves to pursue. It's the unvarnished declaration of a man whose time has come.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Could be Garland's best ever 7 Oct 2013
By Matty
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A quick but very welcome follow up to "The King Of Inbetween" Truth Serum could well be Garland Jeffreys best album ever. A superb collection of songs from a man who has been making great albums since the early 70's. His voice is as strong as ever and he looks great on the cover, not bad for a 70 year old!

Truth Serum has a mixture of rock, reggae, blues and soul and Garland tackles all styles with class and feeling. Dragons To Slay is a song that his old friend Bob Marley would have been be proud of, It's What I Am, Ship Of Fools and Far Far Away are superbly crafted soulful songs that are good as anything else you are likely to hear.

This is a fantastic album and is highly recommended for anyone who appreciates quality songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album.... 12 Jan 2014
By Annie
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have loved this guys music since the late 70s....he is 70 now and still rocking....wonderful lyricist and social commentator......I finally got the pleasure of seeing him at the Jazz Cafe last year......he and the band were great and he's playing St Pancras Old Church in February and I have my tickets......I have all of Garlands albums and love everyone one of them....he should have been a bigger star
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying mixture 20 Dec 2013
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This cd is a mixture of what this man is about, there's a little something for everyone, a little reggae, a little soul and a touch of blues. Garland is what I would describe as a 'jobbing musician' talented as both a songster and writer of songs but perhaps has not had the opportunity to get the sort of exposure that he deserves. The title track 'Truth Serum' is I think the best on the cd, its a laid black bluesy number that resonates of the South, 'Dragons to Slay' is a upbeat peace which has a reggae feel to it. On the track 'It's What I am ' you could be listening to Mick Jagger in his early years, (Ruby Tuesday). This cd I would describe as easy on the ears, a little bit of a mixture, but worth the effort.
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4.0 out of 5 stars **** 1/2 Solid Garland. 17 Sep 2013
By ScottE - Published on
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69 year-old Brooklyn native Garland Jeffreys releases his 10th album "Truth Serum", and it's pretty damn good! The album begins with the blues of the title track, great harmonica work, the steady groove of "Any Rain", the pumping reggae beat of "Dragons To Slay", the excellent "Is This The Real World", of so many titles called "Ship Of Fools", Garland delivers also! He rocks out on "Collide The Generations", the smooth "Far Far Away", the black and white issue of "Colored Love", (let's put this issue to rest, and just get along), and the album ends with the plucking "Revolution Of The Mind". Great album by Garland 4 1/2 stars. If there are 2 albums to get in the old-timers of rock (2013), get Garland's "Truth Serum" and Willie Nile's "American Ride".
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Can I Say? 24 Sep 2013
By Peter Doobinin - Published on
What can I say? This is a great album, as good as any I've heard this year, as good as any Garland has ever done ... and he's done a lot of of great records. I love the personal quality of these songs ... they go straight to the heart. And as always Garland addresses the issues that most don't: bigotry, inequality, injustice. Truth Serum is a beautiful inspired piece of music. At 70, Garland's voice is powerful and true. And like Leonard Cohen, he shows us what it means to meet the unfolding of life with grace, strength, intelligence, passion and joy. Thank you Garland!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Garland Jeffreys Continues His Comeback with Another Big Winner 6 Nov 2013
By Michael K. Eidman - Published on
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Garland's long-awaited 2011 comeback album, "The King of In Between" was well received by critics and fans. Perhaps he decided to strike again while the creative iron was still burning hot and here he is, back with "Truth Serum", sounding simultaneously fresh and familiar. The voice is unmistakeable and its power and fluidity belie the 40 or so years in the business, let alone the recent 70th birthday. The album's sound is clear and unmuddled, featuring, as always, many top-flight musicians including Larry Campbell, Duke Levine, Steve Jordan and Brian Mitchell, with James Maddock helping out with production duties and background vocals. But what sets Garland Jeffreys apart is his ability to move easily from genre to genre. The album opens with the hard bluesy title track and quickly moves through folk-rock, moody ballads and the reggae rhythm of "Dragons to Slay". Some tracks, such as the hard-edged "Collide the Generations" and the beautifully-layered "Far Far Away",are not so easily characterized. And even if this album does not contain any of the huge rock anthems of bygone years, such as "Wild in the Streets" or "R.O.C.K." or epic story/songs, such as "Spanish Town" or "Mystery Kids", all ten tracks are standouts. This album is less "New York-centric" than its predecessor, but Garland, a proud native New Yorker, continues to sing about the imperfect world that he sees and his aspirations for understanding, rapprochement and reconciliation amongst families, the generations and the races.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars is this the real world? 23 Sep 2013
By jmw - Published on
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yes yes yes, it is the real world..and the real word, from the opening shot of truth serum to the fadeaway last revolution of the mind, garland jeffreys graces us with his experience-based wisdom (yes, he is 70 years old now), his beautiful vocals which shine amidst the simplicity and purity of the music, and a gem of an album on the heels of another gem of an album, the king of in between.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's done it AGAIN! 18 Sep 2013
By William P. Hammer, Jr. - Published on
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This is why we love music. Garland Jeffreys' last album, The King of in Between, deservedly garnered glowing reviews. I like this one even more. Fans will find plenty that is familiar. The voice, including that trill or whatever you call it that Garland adds at the end of a line, a touch of falsetto, and his gift for raising and lowering the intensity of a song to pull you in emotionally. Yet, all the songs feel new and fresh. He covers a lot of ground with this album both musically and lyrically. Blues, reggae, and plenty of rock and roll. Lyrically, the album is mature and complex. Nothing is black and white (no pun intended). Hopeful, wistful, bold. It's a brand new album that quickly feels like an old friend.
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