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Love, Life And Bad Breath

by Jan Hauenstein

Folk, jazzy and bluesy, folk-rock, country rock, 12 original songs and 4 covers, big voice, songs about love, life, bad breath, angels and the devil... (don´t worry, he´s dead - find out why) Chances are you´ll like this album.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When They Ask
3:14 $0.99
2. Far Too Young (To Be This Old)
5:46 $0.99
3. Lord Franklin
4:31 $0.99
4. Laying In the Weeds
3:37 $0.99
5. Born To Be Moderately Wild
3:24 $0.99
6. Missouri Birds
3:28 $0.99
7. Old Train Coming
4:57 $0.99
8. Halitosis Man
4:43 $0.99
9. Per Ogni Matematico
2:50 $0.99
10. Only Six Thousand Generations
3:15 $0.99
11. Labiodental Fricative Love Affair Boogie
3:43 $0.99
12. The Baltimore Case
2:56 $0.99
13. The Sins of Many Fathers
3:55 $0.99
14. Passing Through Tulsa
4:38 $0.99
15. Procrastination Blues
2:44 $0.99
16. These Days
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Album Notes
This album was recorded with Tamara Friedrich, harmony vocals, Charlie Woodward, guitar and Fred Grittner, mandolin and keyboard. Fred also mastered the album. He is a fine songwriter, www.fredgrittner.com
Mainly original songs, some of them co-written with Fred Grittner, Jim Clare, Gene Henriksen, Rex DeLong,
a Jim Clare song about the Civil War, Tom Paxton´s 'Passing Through Tulsa', a beautiful traditional folk song, John Stewart´s 'Missouri Birds', an Angelo Branduardi tune and Jackson Browne´s 'These Days'. You´ll recognize the tune, but I gave it a jazzy folk treatment.
You´ll hear acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, bass, drums, some piano, organ and keyboards...

Probably my best album to date. Here are some notes on the songs:
1. When They Ask (Jan Hauenstein) 3.13 a folk song with a jazzy feel I wrote after watching a TV broadcast about kids who lost their parents.
2. Far Too Young (To Be This Old) (Words Gene Henriksen/Music Jan Hauenstein) 5.45
Gene sure has a way with words - folk song with a bluesy touch about feeling younger than you are.
3. Lord Franklin (Traditional) for Gudrun 4.27 great traditional folk song. Finally dared to record it.
Fred played the mando, Tamara sings beautifully.
4. Laying In The Weeds (Words Fred Grittner/Music Jan Hauenstein) 3.36 a folk blues, Fred and I think it´s about the Blues, always laying in wait.
5. Born To Be Moderately Wild (Words Rex DeLong & Jan Hauenstein/Music Jan Hauenstein) 3.23
yes, you guessed… rocks nicely. Mainly my ideas, Rex polished the words masterfully.
6. Missouri Birds (John Stewart) 3.27 John Stewart, no need to say much more. The left channel guitar is Charlie´s.
7. Old Train Coming (Jim Clare) 4.57 Jim writes fantastic folk songs about the Civil War - and other topics. Check out his music. Easy to google him.
8. Halitosis Man (Words Jan Hauenstein & Jim Clare/Music Jan Hauenstein) 4.42 whimsical song about Halitosis Man
and the Devil… don´t mess with Halitosis Man. Folk-rock with some fine growling.
9. Per Ogni Matematico (Words Giorgio Faletti/Music Angelo Branduardi) 2.48
lovely Angelo Branduardi melody. A song about mathematicians and love.
10. Only Six Thousand Generations (Jan Hauenstein) 3.15 nuclear waste will worry our descendants
for another 200,000 years. Tamara sings harmony on this folky protest song.
11. Labiodental Fricative Love Affair Boogie (Jan Hauenstein) for Lena 3.43 our daughter Lena studied English, so did we.
A song of love and lust using plenty of linguistics lingo.
12. The Baltimore Case (Words Fred Grittner/Music Jan Hauenstein) 2.56 Fred writes mysterious lyrics…
folk song with a nice piano about the Dr. Baltimore case.
13. The Sins Of Many Fathers (Words Terry Lee Ransom/Music Jan Hauenstein) 3.54
Terry Ransom´s words, given a folk song treatment. Just three guitars.
14. Passing Through Tulsa (Tom Paxton) 4.38 heard Allan Shaw, president of Folk Era Records, play this one in Scottsdale two years ago. Fell in love with the song. Tamara sings harmony.
15. Procrastination Blues (Words Fred Grittner/Music Jan Hauenstein) 2.44
a tongue-in-cheek folk-blues, Fred and I are both pretty good at procrastinating. So are you.
16. These Days (Jackson Browne) 3.01
you know this great song, but you may not have heard it like this –recorded as a jazzy little folk song.

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tom barrett

There is a clue in the title
This wonderful album is as eclectic as the title might suggest. The original material ranges from clever and light-hearted to lyrically poignant and soul touching. The thoughtfully selected covers included on this new CD, are re-worked to perfection and do the original songwriters' work undeniable justice. The sequencing keeps the music flowing through the generous 16 tracks, while delivering superb instrumentation supporting Jan's strong, deep, rich vocals. I would call out my favorites, but they change with each listening!

M.A. Brooks

A Genuine, Ingenious Folk Album
I listened to Jan Hauenstein’s CD as I drove along Lookout Mountain in Tennessee. The sun was coming up and the fall color of the leaves was just beginning to show. As the tracks played, it occurred to me that this album has everything a good folk album should have – funny songs, melancholy songs, songs based on historical events, songs of protest, and, of course, love songs. Everything about this album is balanced and enjoyable but there is an edginess to it that keeps the listener tuned in and interested. That edge comes from Jan’s signature vocals and a very literary songwriting style.

My favorite tracks are “When They Ask”, “Born to Be Moderately Wild” which is sedately hilarious, and “These Days”, which is indeed the Jackson Browne song but given a different treatment on this album.

I encourage you to buy this album and listen to it often, especially if you are out driving for an hour or so.

Happy listening and happy trails!


It keeps on getting better
Take twelve new and varied songs. Add four nicely chosen covers and record onto CD. Place CD in your player and enjoy the best album yet from Jan and the Guitars across the Water production team. This album provides us with more of the winning formula we saw in Late Bloomer and contains a fine mix of songs all providing interesting vignettes of life. Some may make you smile, some may make you sad and one song in particular may make you mad about the seeming lack of consideration given to any future generations that will have to deal with the mess we leave behind.

It’s so difficult to pick a favourite so I’ll pick a few:

When They Ask – A poignant number and wonderful melody that Al Stewart would be proud to have written.

Born To Be Moderately Wild – This one certainly made me smile as well as educating me in that I now know what a Meerschaum is.

Only Six Thousand generations – Shows us that protest songs are still relevant in today’s cynical world.

Per Ogni Matematico Demo – This is one of the covers. Angelo Branduardi and his great mop of hair may not be that well known in the UK and USA but he writes some fine songs. I didn’t know this particular number but suffice to say that it’s a nice tune played and sung with some style.

A fine and polished performance and certainly worthy of five stars.


Highly Recommended
Since I got Jan’s new album, it has been my accompaniment throughout the time spent at home. It was also an instant success with the people I gave the album to. That’s not surprising as “Love, Life and Bad Breath” is as eclectic, comprehensive and witty as the title suggests. It’s a good compilation of up-tempo songs and ballads, and also because of the sequencing I really listen to the entire album instead of skipping tracks. The covers are well-chosen songs, and Jan’s versions are distinct and absolutely on a par with the originals, e.g. “Per Ogni Matematico” and especially “These Days”. You’ll listen to fine musicianship; not only Jan’s, but also Charlie’s guitar and Fred’s mandolin playing are fantastic and underline the warm tones and undertones Jan’s deep, rich voice produces. But don’t just concentrate on the music because you’d miss out on the witty words Jan uses for his songwriting. His lyrics cover the full range of moods, such as a self-ironic view on the half-tame suburb Easy Rider with the wild heart (and roar!) of a tiger in “Born To Be Moderately Wild”, or a giving the linguistics’ love, lust and language a voice in the unambiguously ambiguous “Labiodental Fricative Love Affair Boogie”. What I appreciate most is the thoughtfulness shining through the observations of human relationships, love, life (and bad breath!) everywhere, and in particular in “Far Too Young”, the moving “When They Ask” and the covers “These Days”, “Missouri Birds” and “Passing Through Tulsa”.
Highly recommended!


Best of Both Worlds
Who can ask for anything more than a collection that includes both outstanding covers and wonderful original songs? If you're not familiar with Jan, you can judge his style by the songs he chooses to cover. His own songs follow in the footsteps of these works that combine literate, moving lyrics and fabulous melodies. And as another reviewer said, Jan just gets better and better, both as a songwriter and as an interpreter. And if you doubt the breadth of his appeal, it not only makes a great companion as you drive in Tennessee, per reviewer Brooks below, but also driving after dark in rural France, where his versions of "Passing Through Tulsa" and "These Days" made the experience all the more special. A must-buy, and a perfect holiday gift.