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Loose Ends

by Larry John McNally

Singer/songwriter/guitarist with jazz/blues/folk undertones. Folk Hendrix.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Gypsy Cab
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2. Black Guitar
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3. City Sing For Me
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4. Jesse
1:43 $0.99
5. So Good To You
5:56 $0.99
6. Amateur
2:15 $0.99
7. In A Lonely Place
4:13 $0.99
8. I'll See You There
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9. In My Indiscretion
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10. Tar On The Roof
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11. Katies Mood
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LJM is originally from Maine, then lived in Louisiana, on to California, then to New York. His music is blend of urban sophistication and rootsy ruralness, a melting pot of Irish poetry, delta guitar, late night jazz, and Motown. His songs have been recorded by such great artists as The Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker etc. He performs regularly as a solo artist and with a trio. This CD includes demos, collaborations between LJM & Leni Stern, a rare instrumental, LJM"s first song written with the Dobro, never released songs, rare versions of LJM favorites, and an out-take from his debut album.

Larry John McNally is a sophisticated, blues-based singer/songwriter. This album of unrelated songs is "loose ends" collected by McNally as the first non-Leni Stern album on Leni's record label. These two have had a fruitful history of studio collaboration in the past. It is McNally's "Black Guitar" that became a title track to one of Leni's albums. Alternating between sad and dark, there is a tangible longing and melancholy worldview propagated through McNally's album. His material, often sparsely played on the guitar, comes across as naked emotion and heartfelt observation. The strength of his material is in emotional impact that directly translates from McNally's experiences through this album and on to the listener. McNally is a singer/songwriter that effectively communicates real feeling through his songs. ~ Tom Schulte, All Music Guide
Amazon Customer Review
As Good a Buying Decision As I EVER Made!, June 3, 2007
By S. C. Holmes "announcer guy"
Have you ever run across a "sleeper" at a price so low you felt a little ashamed you didn't pay more? This album was such a buy. I ran across it by accident, paid way less than it's worth through a great Amazon Vendor -cdgameexchg111 - and have just spent a lot of time I didn't have today listening between condo & car. If you value a good blues singer, don't hesitate ordering "Loose Ends" because you're unfamiliar with the artist's name; he's as good as ANYBODY I've heard period and I spent a long life in the radio business where I "thought" I'd heard pretty much near everybody. Oh yeah, one more thing, he's written for a few "up n' comers" like Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Mavis Staples, Betty Wright, Jennifer Warnes, The Staple Singers, Nicolette Larson, The Emotions, WOW!! Check out Marvin Etzioni's review of McNally's "Vibrolux" boxed CD set. Anyway, not a "dog" in any of the tracks & McNally has cooked a sound unique to Larry John; I've never heard anything quite like it. Highly recommend, scuse me, gotta go order Vibrolux. ; )


The first time I heard the name Larry John McNally was from the mouth of Bonnie Raitt, who covered two of his songs, yet still this special singer-songwriter from Maine is more known by his fellow musicians than he is by the big public. Lots of artists have covered his songs, from Aaron Neville, Chaka Khan and The Staple Singers to Nicolette Larson, Joe Cocker and Rod Stewart. His own output is extremely modest. McNally is also in his extremely sober, modelled music, a quiet force. With "LOOSE ENDS" he clears up his own archives; demos from behind the kitchen table, jazzy songs with the Leni Stern Band and other songs that remained shelved. All this makes the seemingly unforced approach of his songs only stronger. McNally never forces anything on you and isn't a singer-songwriter of the belly-button-staring type. He comes always immediately to the point in his hypnotising beautiful songs, which don't need any bells and whistles to drag you in.
** 5/13/2000 Herman van der Horst, Oor Magazine, The Netherlands **
"LOOSE ENDS" is a welcome collection of demos, out-takes, and even a home recording from one of America's best songwriters. It offers a nice view into Larry John McNally's creative process and highlights not only his writing, but his tender vocals and very under-rated guitar playing.
McNally has had his songs covered by the likes of Joe Cocker, Chaka Khan, Aaron Neville, Bonnie Raitt, Mavis Staples, Rod Stewart, Jennifer Warnes, and most recently Don Henley. He's also had a history as a recording artist in his own right, having released albums on major labels ARC/Columbia, Atlantic and on his own.
But it is his recent work with fellow DIY artist Leni Stern that brought this collection into being. The two worked closely together on her "BLACK GUITAR" album, which he produced, played guitars on, added vocals, and contributed songs to. "LOOSE ENDS" features songs the two did together. It's obvious they share a creative spark.
Here's hoping these songs are heard and appreciated - not only on their own merit as they appear here, but also that others will discover and record them as well.
Songs stay alive like that.
** January/February 2000, John Porter, Performing Songwriter

*** 3 and 1/2 stars from the Dutch website CTRL ALT COUNTRY get out your Dutch dictionary!

Binnenkort is hij weer eens in de buurt voor een stel optredens als onderdeel van de bijzonder veelbelovend ogende Songwriter Circle waarvan verder ook Slaid Cleaves, Ray Wylie Hubbard en Lynn Miles zullen deel uitmaken. We hebben het uiteraard over meester-liedjesschrijver Larry John McNally. Een man die sinds z'n album "Vibrolux" een aanzienlijke reputatie geniet binnen kennerskringen in de Lage Landen. McNally's liedjes vonden in het verleden dan ook niet geheel ten onrechte al hun weg naar zo uiteenlopende gerespecteerde afnemers als Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart en Joe Cocker.

Het hier ter bespreking voorliggende album "Loose Ends" bevat ook niet meer dan dat. Het is inderdaad een collectie "overblijvertjes": een stel demo's, wat samenwerkingen met Leni Stern, enkele nooit eerder uitgebrachte liedjes, zeldzame versies van enkele favorieten, een out-take van een nummer van zijn debuut en zelfs een instrumental. Toch moet je dit niet meteen afschrijven. Als je deze "restjes" beluistert, dan kan je immers maar één ding concluderen: McNally is een heus fenomeen. En heel wat mindere goden zouden zonder verpinken hun rechterhand veil hebben voor "liggenblijvertjes" als deze. Neem bijvoorbeeld maar de bijzonder intens overkomende demo's "City Sing For Me" en "Black Guitar". Of het knappe, wat jazzy aandoende "So Good To You" en het van zeer fraai dobrowerk van McNally zelf voorziene "Amateur". Dat worden in de handen van derden gewoon moordsongs.

En zo kunnen we er nog wel een paar opsommen. Het verstilde, aan zijn keukentafel in NYC opgenomen "In A Lonely Place" bijvoorbeeld. Of de hier voor 't eerst opduikende, knappe vroege versie van "In My Indiscretion". Of de broeierige demo-uitvoering van "Tar On The Roof" ook wel.

Enfin, een tip. Als je één van de hoger aangesproken Songwriter Circles zou bijwonen, dan zal je na afloop van de optredens zoals gebruikelijk in de gelegenheid verkeren om je de albums van alle betrokkenen aan te schaffen. En wij kunnen je eigenlijk alleen maar aanraden om deze aparte collectie niet aan je voorbij te laten schieten.

review From MISS ZIGGY's Webpage, Leeuwarden, Holland

Loose Ends is geen nieuw album van Larry John McNally, maar wel het nieuwste. De cd is alleen in heel goed gesorteerde cd-zaken te krijgen en nauurlijk ook online te bestellen.

In 1996 kwam McNally's album Vibrolux uit. Met deze plaat maakte een wat groter publiek kennis met de singer-songwriter die al jarenlang bezig is in de muziek. Hij schreef nummers voor r&b- en soul-sterren (Aaron Neville, Chaka Kahn), maar ook Bonnie Raitt ('Nobody's Girl'), Don Henley en Jennifer Warnes zetten nummers van McNally op de plaat.

Zelf voert hij zijn liedjes heel sober uit met een gitaar, een orgeltje en lichte percussie. Loose Ends bestaat uit niet eerder uitgebrachte demo's, alternatieve versies van liedjes en opnames die afvielen tijdens de samenstelling van vorige albums.

Je zou denken: een samengeraapt boeltje dat nooit veel goeds kan zijn. Niets is echter minder waar. Het zijn elf pareltjes zoals alleen McNally ze schrijft. Bijvoorbeeld over zijn jeugd in 'Tar On The Roof': Man, the tar on the roof was still hot - From the heat of the day - Well, I'm laying up here thinking things over - Trying to clear my head.

Elke artiest zou willen dat hij zulke 'losse eindjes' had als McNally. Wie een beetje van singer-songwriters houdt, kan niet om hem heen.

2006年1月26日 (木)
Larry John McNally "loose ends"

Larry John McNally "loose ends"
ひさびさ往年の名ソングライター、Larry John McNally を聴ました。
Larry John McNally が効くようです。



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