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Say Something [Ellis Paul]
1. Conversation With a Ghost
2. Look at the Wind Blow
3. Just the Jester Fool
5. Thin Man
6. Washington D.C. 5/91
7. New Light on Your Halo
8. Friday Night
10. Jumpin' a Train
11. Say Something
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9653
Personnel: Ellis Paul (vocals, guitar); Jon Svetkey (guitar, vocals); Brian Capouch, Geoff Bartley (guitar); Bill Morrissey (12-string guitar); Duke Levine (electric slide guitar); Paul Rishell (steel guitar); Johnny Cunningham (violin); Montego Swain (harmonica); Seth Conally (bass); Billy Conway (drums); Patty Griffin, Jonatha Brook, Jennifer Kimball, Ellen Cross (background vocals).
Recorded at Soundworks, Watertown, Massachusetts. Includes liner notes by James Rotundi.
Personnel: Ellis Paul (vocals, guitar); John Svetkey (vocals, guitar); Geoff Bartley, Brian Capouch (guitar); Duke Levine (electric guitar, slide guitar); Bill Morrissey (12-string guitar); Paul Rishell (steel guitar, National guitar); Johnny Cunningham (violin); Billy Conway (drums); Ellen Cross, Jennifer Kimball, Jonatha Brooke, Patty Griffin (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: James Rotundi.
Recording information: Soundworks, Watertown, MA.
Photographers: Ellis Paul; Gregory Wostrel; Jeffrey Fox.
Songs don't get any more haunting than "Conversation With a Ghost," the opening cut of Say Something. The aching simplicity of the musical arrangement allows the emotions to wash over the listener with ease. If the cries of the violins tugging at its strings don't break your heart, then certainly the tender acoustic melody or the honey-dipped harmonies of Patty Griffin will. With that as his first statement, Ellis Paul reels you into his world. Cut from the storytelling cloth of songwriters, Paul counts Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell among his biggest influences and heroes. Much like these legends, he has a way with tales, setting them into melodies with a certain finesse not present in many young artists. Paul seems sure of himself and comfortable in his craft, shining most brightly on songs like "Friday Night," "Washington D.C. 5/91," and "Thin Man" that stand tall with only his voice and acoustic guitar as support. Bill Morrissey helms the production and Jonatha Brooke and Jennifer Kimball of the Story raise their shimmering voices to herald the presence of Ellis Paul on this solid and honest debut release from 1993. ~ Kelly McCartney
Dirty Linen (4-5/93, p.61) - "...Ellis Paul has the kind of voice that makes the heavens radiate with harmony....[SAY SOMETHING] shows why he's become one of New England's fastest-rising artists..."
Sing Out! (11-12/94-1/95, p.122) - "...The pacing between loud and soft, fast and slow songs resembles a Bill Morrissey album, which comes as no surprise since Morrissey produced, and did it superbly..."
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