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Murdoch, Jim / Yonder Shore
Album:Yonder Shore Collection:General
Artist:Murdoch, Jim Added:05/2010
Label:Self-Release 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2010-09-05 Pull Date:2010-11-07 
Week Ending:17 Oct10 Oct
Airplays:11

 Recent Airplay
1.Oct 16, 2010:Music Casserole
Dusk & Dawn
2.Oct 08, 2010:The Songsmith Show
The Heart And The Feather

Album Review
MC Dizzy Jackson
Reviewed 2010-08-30 
Jim Murdoch is based in San Francisco and plays music in the ICU at UCSF’s Cancer Center for patients receiving chemo (check the liner notes). Many of the songs here are children’s-based songs. He uses a wide array of instruments including glockenspiel, accordion, organ, harmonica and a Turkish cumbus and zils. Influences are Pete Seeger, Leonard Cohen and quieter Nick Cave. No FCC’s.

*My Favorites*: 2, 3, 8, 11.

1. (3:50) Slow. Piano-based song, heartfelt and solemn.
2. *(4:55) Slow / Mid. Glockenspiel with an African and country sound, very folkish lyrics, reminiscent of Pete Seeger.
3. *(3:46) Mid. Reggae beat inside a children’s song. Great organ and accordion.
4. (4:22) Slow / Mid. Dreamy song about sailing away. Accordion, glock, organ.
5. (2:02) Mid. Intro with background voices leads to an accordion instrumental.
6. (3:02) Mid. Sparse instrumentation with brushes on the drums.
7. (4:01) Slow / Mid. Ominous piano, a classical tune, instrumental.
8. *(4:42) Slow. Harmonica intro, a song about leaving New Orleans. A simple story-song, with acoustic guitar leading the way.
9. (3:42) Slow. Another ominous song with piano. Dire events here, but also a few hopeful things.
10. (3:00) Slow / Mid. More minor keys on the piano. Instrumental.
11. *(5:20) Slow / Mid. Hopefulness amidst despair here in a song about Helios’ chariot drawn by the horses Dusk and Dawn (check the liner notes).
12. (2:43) Mid. The traditional song done by Murdoch with backing vocals and only a simple beat on a drum (or something).

Track Listing
1.Come Along 7.La Suisenor, The Nightingale
2.The Heart And The Feather 8.The Lakes Of Pontchartrain
3.Lovely Little Marley 9.Mother Of Beauty
4.Yonder Shore 10.L'amour Du Moi
5.La Reine De La Salle 11.Dusk & Dawn
6.I Wonder... 12.Oh! Susanna