Jonathan Day - Green Drum

Monday 1st August 1994
Jonathan Day - Green Drum
Jonathan Day - Green Drum

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Nu Life 195

Reviewed by Tim Walker

On 'Green Drum' Jon has teamed up with engineer/producer Paul Hodson and the result is quite possibly the best CCM roots album ever. Jon's lyrics have always been distinctively metonymic (building up a picture from a series of related images) and this album shows them maturing still further as he paints vivid scenes from the British Isles and beyond. Jon's extensive travels permeate the musical fabric of 'Green Drum', Celtic influences predominate, but this album bears a more global feel than before, with African and Asian shades in places. The instrumentation scores top marks, Jon himself supplying much of it; you wonder with the first track whether Jon's had a nasty accident with a vaulting horse, but never fear - it's only a solo from guest chanteuse Angeline Morrison! One or two numbers have featured in Jon's live repertoire for a while, including the traditional "Hush Hush" (about the Highland clearances), but the best of a great bunch has to be "Carlybombarly", a cracking collection of reels (including "Drunken Sailor") which even Eden Burning would be proud to match. Basically, 'Green Drum' is the long player I've always believed Jon Day is capable of. It's more 'organic' (ie, less technology present) than its predecessor 'A Different Land' and much the better for it. An outstanding piece of work.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Chris Mapley in Cardiff @ 11:22 on Mar 22 2011

One of my all time favourite albums and I don't listen to most of my happy-clappy stuff anymore but this one is always a pleasure when any of the tracks surface on my ipod.

The reason I actually bought it was because I first heard either Askival or Sandvow on one of the first Cross Rhythm's magazines free cassettes from back in the day and it blew most of the other tracks out of the water!

If Carved in Bone got a 10 from you guys when this only got a 9 then it must be an amazing album.

Reply by Stu @ 14:47 on Mar 12 2012

Chris - absolute ditto to everything you said. Jon's just played a house gig with us this weekend, a beautiful evening. I've been listening to Green Drum for almost twenty years. And it's lost none of its resonance. :)

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