Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Paul Siebel "Woodsmoke and Oranges" & "Jack-Knife Gypsy"
(US Folk-Rock 1970, 1971)

Despite the undeniably high quality of his songs -- which have been covered by the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Ian Matthews, and Waylon Jennings -- Paul Siebel is far from being a household name. Within folk circles and among songwriters, however, his two albums -- 1970's Woodsmoke and Oranges and 1971's Jack-Knife Gypsy -- are legendary.
Siebel was born in 1937 in Buffalo, NY. Inspired by Hank Williams and Hank Snow, he taught himself to play guitar while in his teens. By the early '60s, after serving in the military, he began playing folk clubs, eventually moving to Greenwich Village, where he found support in the coffeehouse circuit. In 1969, a collections of demos he made with David Bromberg caught the attention of Elektra Records owner Jac Holzman, who offered a him a modest recording deal (reportedly he was only given enough money to finance four three-hour recording sessions). The resulting album, Woodsmoke and Oranges, was met with critical praise from the media, including Rolling Stone magazine. Despite the attention, the album and its equally praised follow-up, Jack-Knife Gypsy, sold disappointingly little. Aside from a live album released in 1981, Live at McCabes, Siebel hasn't released an album since. ~ Chris Woodstra, All Music Guide


Blogger Eddie Riff said...

Magnificent blog! Many outstanding and underappreciated titles being shared! Thanks for the hard work.

27 August, 2006 01:15  
Anonymous Andy said...

Love the Woodsmoke and Oranges album. His voice really reminds me of someone, but can't think who. Don't suppose you could re-up the Jack-Knife Gypsy album as Rapidshare have got rid of it.

18 October, 2006 22:42  
Anonymous Andy said...

Thanks for re-posting Jack-Knife and Gypsy. Great album. Figured out who he sounds like - Steve Gibbons, or probably fairer to say Steve Gibbons sounds like Paul. Anyway, thanks again.

20 October, 2006 07:40  
Anonymous John said...

Thanks for appreciating this beautiful music! I must have just missed it as the link is no longer working (expired). What a shame, as more poeple should hear these great songs! I had a cassette tape of "Woodsmoke and Oranges" many years ago and wore it out - I never have been able to find the album, and have never heard Jack-Knife Gypsy! Anyway, at least one Paul Siebel fan would love the chance to hear these albums!

24 November, 2006 02:47  
Blogger Bèr said...

Hi Lizardson,
I saw the complaints about dead Paul Siebel links at RapidShare. Well, mine are still working and I have not only Woodsmoke and Oranges and Jack Knife Gipsy available, but also the very rare live recordings he made. Here are the links and I don't mind you posting them. I'd like to do something in return for the great stuff you post up here.

09 August, 2007 03:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks - Have the original vinyl - haven't played it in years. Now I'll be able to share this much under-rated artist.

06 May, 2009 19:16  
Anonymous onlybizet said...

I was fortunate enough to see Paul Siebel perform at an outdoor concert in Buffalo, New York in 1976 (which happens to be his home town). I'd been a fan of his album WOODSMOKE AND ORANGES and have always felt it was unfortunate that he failed to gain name recognition by the mass audience.

This is wonderful to obtain both these beautiful albums in digital format. A big thank you from Buffalo!!

27 May, 2009 11:09  
Blogger anarchess said...

I found this blog because I am a longtime fan of Paul Siebel. I was fortunate enough to see him in the early '70's...'71 and '72, I think. He was incredible. Smoked Pall Mall cigarettes constantly and yet, what a voice! His words have helped to soothe me through many a trying time in my life, and I am grateful to have these albums to remind me of what a force he has been in folk music.
He is now a guy who works in the Parks Department in either MD, or Delaware.Still plays but not public shows. Thanks for showing me that I am not the only one who just loves his music!

03 December, 2010 03:22  
Blogger Stian Valborgland said...

udmerket! I love this album! for some reason, it gives me the same feeling as when I listen to Doug Sahm famous session from 1973 (feat Bobby D). "The Prayer Song" is so mighty!

02 March, 2012 08:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance getting this awesome records e-uploaded?

28 January, 2017 14:47  

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