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Ten Easy Pieces

15 Oct. 1996 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 15 Oct. 1996
  • Release Date: 15 Oct. 1996
  • Label: GUARDIAN ANGEL
  • Copyright: (C) 1996 Capitol Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 43:57
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  • ASIN: B001J5DC7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,333 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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If you've ever heard Glen Campbell's or Art Garfunkel's or Linda Ronstadt's or numerous other artists' hits, you've probably heard a Jimmy Webb song. And, though Jimmy has recorded most of these songs before on previous albums, this album is different. It's simply a man and his piano -with some occasional help from friends on backing vocals or another instrument- whose voice has deepened and mellowed and who is ready to face again the great songs he's written to reclaim them for himself.
Wichita Lineman and By The Time I Get To Phoenix are classics, and if songs like Worst That Could Happen or If These Walls Could Speak are perhaps less than classic, Jimmy nevertheless performs each of them as though it is the greatest song he's ever written. And that's the point: he's not the best instrumentalist or vocalist, but it's about more than that. On this album he proves himself to be the best interpreter of some of the best songs written in the last 30 years.
If you've ever seen Jimmy perfom live, this album will remind you of the intimacy of that gig. If you haven't, this album is sure to make you wish you had.
Highly recommended.
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Jim Webb wrote most of these songs a long time ago and while some of them were hits in the late sixties for Glenn Campbell - and "McArthur Park" for Richard Harris - I had never heard his own versions of these songs before this. My loss: he has transformed them from the background pop of nearly forty years ago to definitive versions of some of the most beautiful songs ever written.
Mostly accompanied by just his own piano-playing - brilliantly effective in its own right - his voice demonstrates that white men CAN sing with feeling, his songs stripped down to their emotional core. Simple and heart-felt, he is totally involved with each song. The spare lyrics of "Galveston" never sounded better; "Didn't We" is the definitive memoir of regret, and, after Harris's overblown version, "McArthur Park" seems perfectly logical here. Only "Highwayman" falls below Webb's usual standards, but nine easy (master)pieces out of ten ain't bad.
I've played little else for the past three weeks since I bought it, and expect to be playing it for a long time yet. Thanks, Jim.
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The title of this review is not a mistake. I did not mean to call it "In The Presence Of A Genius" and omitted the qualifying "a." To me, genius is something that either visits you or not, rather than something that any artist can take credit for owning and having developed out of will and skill alone. This album -in which Webb has chosen to interpret most of his famous songs accompanied by himself on the piano and some occasional, exquisite strings- is a journal of these visitations of graceful and undaunted creativity. For the sake of evidence, consider this: between 1966 and 1969 alone, he was responsible for writing such classics as "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Up Up and Away," "MacArthur Park," and "Didn't We." The man composed all these beauties between the ages of 20 to 23! And, as impressive as this is, the fact that a single person wrote them all, even if they were dispersed along his whole career, would still constitute a musical miracle. But the wonders don't end there -with the startling recognition of such young man having the maturity to conceive amazing songs while still a babe- Webb is a great singer in his own right and a sensitive pianist too. His renditions offer a profound insight into a composer's vision of his work and rival its wonderful counterparts by Glen Campbell or Isaac Hayes, among others. This is a true gem, melodies gifted by wonderful words, and wonderful words brought to life by incomparable melodies. I've read that Burt Bacharach has been Webb's idol all his life, which in part may not be surprising after listening to this CD, yet it may also be said that Bacharach could be a fan of Jimmy Webb, if the consistent, profound quality of these songs is any indication of it.Read more ›
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One of our greatest living songwriters singing the songs as he imagined them. He'll tell you he's not the greatest vocalist to ever ing these songs, but it's still the way you need to hear them.

A must have collection.
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Life is full of songs I would like to have written.

However, to find five or six of them on just one album is an eye-opener. There has been little doubt that Jimmy Webb has written great songs since Glen Campbell first brought them to a wider audience, and many other singers extended the compliment. But where Glen established "Galveston" as a great pop song, the man who wrote it reveals it to be rather more than that.

While Jimmy Webb has always been the first to point out the technical limitations of his voice, the songs here are an elegant illustration of how having a great voice can be a poor substitute for the gift of expressing the heart of a song. To play down his skills on the piano would be false modesty on the part of Mr Webb however, and the understated renderings of these deeply felt songs show how less can be more when the orchestra is taking a tea break.

I hadn't heard "If These Walls Could Speak" before this album, but for me it perfectly catches the feelings we hold about our own childhoods, and those of our children. More importantly perhaps it does this without needing to gloss over our weaknesses and disappointments, and for me that confirms Jimmy Webb's genuine importance as a songwriter. He did it again with "Paul Gauguin in The South Seas" on 'Twilight of the Renegades', a song which seems to capture the essence of ordinary people's lives.

Oh, and this album contains the version of "Macarthur Park" which simply and clearly defined it's meaning for me, it being fashionable in some quarters to dismiss the lyric as pretentious nonsense. I can only say....it's not, but like Jimmy Webb, I feel no obligation to explain this. We only need to listen.....so this album may just be definitive after all.
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