It is a very good cd. I enjoy his music. I was just less than thrilled with the recording quality of this cd.
Sorry, I will take your word that this is good stuff, but whenever I hear the name Jack Johnson I am always reminded of the Jaime Brockett and his "Legend of the U.S.S. Titanic" and the bloke who boarded with four hundred n' ninety-seven n' a half feet o' rope, after they wouldn't allow the boxer Jack Johnson to baord becasue "this ship don't haul no coal".
My favorite passage in the classic: "He walked around the wheelhouse once....... He walked around the wheelhouse twice....... On the third time around the wheelhouse....... The First Mate he looked on over at the Captain n'....... N' he say....... You wanna 'nother toke, Captain?...... N' the Captain, he say....... RIGHT!!!!!!!!"
He's not exactly an *unknown*, think he was even nominated for the Grammies or somesuch and our local AC stations are playing divots in "Bubbletoes" (and, before that, some other JJ song). He's a retooled musician--formerly, I gather from the media, a pro surfer from Hawaii and in later life, a surf filmaker or videographer or something. If you like him, try some of Ben Harper's stuff--The Will To Live or Fight for your Mind.
Acctualy the two fighters squared off on July 4 in Reno,(not Vegas) Nevada, and Johnson won the fight by knocking out Jeffries in the 15th round.
In 1910 former champion Jim Jeffries, convinced by fans who wanted a white champion, came out of retirement to fight Johnson. Jeffries was billed as ÂThe Great White Hope.Â
Dammit Z...now I am really put off. I went to best Buy last night just to get this cd and they didn't have it. They had 10000 copies of Brushfire Fairey Tales; I hate living in the ass end of the universe. Now I have to buy it online and wait for it to get here:(
Glad to hear it's worth waiting for though. And to keep my trip from being completely in vain, I bought Floyd's DSOTM hybrid disc. Now I just need a SACD player;)
Love this guy's music. I can't find a bad song on either of his 2 recordings. I can listen to these over and over again without getting sick of them. To the issues of good/bad recording, I find that some aspects are very good and some are not so good. I second the thoughts on the amazing cymbol crashes and add to that some of the snare and rim taps have a nice touch of echo and spatial resolution. Guitars are recorded very well and the bass notes are deep and tight. The main complaint I have is that vocals are little too forward. I have been tuning my rig to the new CD with different tweaks and cable swapping, but it still sounds as if the mic has too much gain and/or he is swallowing it while he sings and there is still a bit of exaggeration on sibiliants that I do not get on any other CD's.