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Dandelion Soul

by Larry John McNally

More Folk/Hendrix rootsy Black Irish Soul from this singer/songwriter/guitarist who's songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley,Aaron Neville, etc
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Love To Wake Up In New Orleans
4:45 $0.99
2. Dandelion Soul
4:20 $0.99
3. Tomboy
2:27 $0.99
4. Over Fences
4:19 $0.99
5. Richie
3:41 $0.99
6. Richie Reprise
3:27 $0.99
7. Black Guitar
4:26 $0.99
8. Goodbye To Chinatown
5:05 $0.99
9. For My Wedding
3:09 $0.99
10. I Love To Watch A Woman Dance
3:20 $0.99
11. Love Is Everything
5:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
This is the Japanese import version of this CD, printed on beautiful paper. The original domestic pressing is sold out. This collection includes the original version of the song "For My Wedding" that was covered by Don Henley on his release, "Inside Job." Special guests on this CD include The Blind Boys of Alabama, John Leventhal, Warren Haynes & The Uptown Horns.

REVIEW: by Leo Kramer from the Dutch music magazine "Heaven":

For the better part of his career, songwriter Larry John McNally has
worked without the benefit of a publisher. So it's no small wonder that his songs have been recorded by the creme de la creme of pop stars: Bonnie Raitt, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Aaron Neville, Joe Cocker, Mavis Staples, Chaka Khan and by Don Henley on his new CD, for which McNally wrote "For My Wedding," the best song on the album.
That song also appears on "DANDELION SOUL," a new masterwork
from this sympathetic New Yorker, who also stole our hearts with his CDs
released last fall in Japan, where McNally has a devoted following. Finally it is
being released here in Europe by Continental Record Services.
"For my wedding I will dress in black
And never again will I look back
All my dark angels we must part
For I've made a sanctuary of my heart
To want what I have
To take what I'm given with grace
For this I pray
On my wedding day."
Words that every bridegroom would have liked to say-words that every bride would want to
hear--a future classic in the making. On "DANDELION SOUL" are many more
beautiful things for us to hear.
"I Love To Wake Up In New Orleans", for example, describes his love for that city, with musical support from The Uptown Horns:
"Sometimes I leave the whole day free
And ride the streetcar on downtown
stay on and ride it back uptown
Take myself a window seat
Close my eyes and feel the breeze."
"Goodbye To Chinatown", along with the Chinatown songs from his
earlier CDs, begins to form an epic. (Other great songs include) "Love Is Everything" with Clarence
Fountain & The Five Blind Boys From Alabama, "I Love To Watch A Woman Dance", "Black
Guitar" and "Dandelion Soul".
With his thin voice and beautiful guitar playing, one is reminded of the songs of Chet Baker, almost lazy but full of emotion.
We look forward to seeing him at The Blue Highways Festival.
**** 4 out of 5 stars

Eindelijk thuis
Muziekbespreking. Larry John McNallyDandelion Soul (CRS Records).

Ton Maas | 40 september/oktober 2001 issue
Als je het vergelijkt met geboren worden in het verkeerde lichaam, valt het misschien nog wel mee, maar voor sommige mensen is het toch erg onplezierig dat ze niet op de juiste plek ter wereld kwamen. Zanger en gitarist Larry John McNally uit Bangor, Maine, vond zijn bestemming pas toen hij ooit in de buurt van Memphis, Tennessee, belandde en zijn autoradio per ongeluk afstemde op een gospelstation. Bang dat hij buiten bereik van de zender zou raken, zette hij z'n wagen aan de kant en bleef bijna een uur lang sprakeloos luisteren naar een programma over The Five Blind Boys from Alabama. Getroffen door de schok der herkenning besloot hij z'n intrek te nemen in een hotelletje in de stad. Helaas bleek Memphis een nogal onherbergzaam oord, dus trok McNally verder naar het zuiden, naar de bakermat van gospel, blues en funk.

Met de nodige ironie verwerkte hij dit voorval in het openingsnummer van zijn nieuwe cd Dandelion Soul. Die song - I love to wake up in New Orleans - bevat het volgende tekstfragment: 'I've heard it said that God lives in Memphis/But I believe He's only passing through/On His way home back to the bayou.' Ook met de muziek mee, als het ware.

Wat sinds McNally's eerdere album Vibrolux (Ode 8) onveranderd bleef, zijn de luie en toch funky ritmes, het ontbreken van overbodige variatie en het bezwerende effect van zijn poëtische overpeinzingen over het leven. De productie is nog steeds spaarzaam, hoewel minder spartaans dan destijds. Op enkele nummers wordt McNally begeleid door de Uptown Horns, een groep die net als de legendarische Neville Brothers tot de muzikale ereburgerij van New Orleans wordt gerekend, en verder is de befaamde jazzrockdrummer Dennis McDermott van de partij.

*NOTE: Here are some reviews of the song "FOR MY WEDDING" from the Don Henley release:

Rolling Stone 6/22/2000
Q. I noticed that "For My Wedding," the most direct song about love and marriage on the new record, was actually written by another songwriter,Larry John McNally

A. It comes under the heading of songs I wish I'd written. Somebody sent it to me. It was either a female writer named Jude Johnstone, or somebody sent it to Bonnie Raitt and her office passed it on to me. I'm not sure which one of those things happened. But it was a great song. I know that in this cooler -than-thou age, sentiment of that kind is frowned upon. I don't care. The song expresses the way I feel. Hopefully it will replace "We've Only Just Begun" as the big wedding song.

Billboard Daily Music News 2/25/2000
"Three of the four songs showcased from "Inside Job"...clearly reflect the change Henley has gone through...Tops among the three was "For My Wedding" written by Larry John McNally. The beautiful song, sung from the groom's point of view, is an unsentimental prayer of sorts asking that the husband and his wife-to-be somehow be the couple that beats the odds and stays together."

CD Now News 5/15/00
"...what will surely be every couple's new song, "For My Wedding"...

Ottawa Sun 5/8/00
"His countrified rendering of the tender "For My Wedding" will surely be a top pick for those planning to walk down the aisle soon."
"For My Wedding" is the sound of a middle- aged man confronting commitment, which is a good thing."

customer reviews from
Guy Fimbres 5/30/00
"For My Wedding" speaks for the power of hope over experience and failure."

tigergrrl 5/27/00
"My absolute favorite song is "For My Wedding." I get chills every time I hear this song!"

Tommy Marx
"For My Wedding"- a very simple, yet hauntingly romantic ballad"

Robert Stein
"...Highlights include "For My Wedding," destined to be an instant classic."

Paul A. McFee 5/23/00
"For My Wedding" is like peering into the life of one who has historically followed temporal pleasure, yet has now found their meaning of real love."

from the Inside Job chat room
verbil 5/28/00
"WOW,"For My Wedding" is awesome. Quite possibly the best song on the album...Original, simple, lyrically perfect."



to write a review

Jim Blenkhorn

Dandelion Soul
I got to him via Don Henley. A masterly wordsmith and tunesmith I have to say. To me a song is all about the hooks and LJB certainly knows a thing or two about that subject. A great CD.

R. Martin

One of the very best.
Anyone who comes into contact with Larry John McNally's music intimately knows that he is something quite special - a true songsmith and artist. Honest and inspiring, this and all of LJM's recordings (and live performances for that matter) are important music listening for those serious about songs.