Siebel, Paul
Woodsmoke & Oranges
Ekectra 1969

Music - 5 stars

Siebel, Paul
Jackknife Gypsy
Ekectra 1971

Music - 4 stars

Woodsmoke and Oranges - front cover

front cover

Woodsmoke and Oranges - rear cover

rear cover

Review

The Paul Siebel Show opened and closed far to quickly. But he did leave this marvelous album as part of his Musical Legacy.

His songs weren't complicated unless you see every single lifespan complicated. Siebel writes of the post world war two generation. They came back from a war, started families and did what they had always done which is sacrifice.

Then they find themselves growing older, lonelier, and learning to deal with disappointment. And what about the children they lavished so much on, who sneer at their antiquated values. And there's the sad story of "Louise," and the troubling one about "Honest Sam". Both will always be around in one form or another.

Paul Siebel will never preach, he's too tasteful and polite for that. For you who have heard Woodsmoke and Oranges, does life change a whole lot?

- Allan J Moore

Jackknife Gypsy - front cover

front cover

Jackknife Gypsy - inside gatefold

inside gatefold

Jackknife Gypsy - rear cover

rear cover

Review

This is an excellent follow up to the classic Woodsmoke and Oranges. The songs on Jack-knife gypsy tilt more toward country music though it's not the country rock style popular in the late 60's and early 70's. Siebel has a smoking band emphasizing violin, pedal steel guitar, and mandolin, but the group can really rock too. The title song was a staple on FM radio for several years after its release. Siebel sounds less world weary on this record but there are some sad songs.

Though his music was praised by critics and musicians Paul Siebel never gained traction with a wide audience. He did become a mysterious cult figure which he remains today. Inside the gatefold there's Paul Siebel alone against the wind and a lovely blue sky. It's both tranquil and spiritual.

- Allan J Moore