re: DOIN' ...from HIGHROADS TEN PLUS TWO...
"...A TASTEFUL ARRANGEMENT WITH A COOL LAID BACK FEEL.
COULD BE PLACED IN FILM OR T.V. TRACK... A NICE VOCAL TONE,
CREATING A GOOD VIBE."
- TAXI reviewer
"Paul Arnoldi is a fine singer & a great songwriter."
"I listened to your CD and liked it just fine. Best version of
DUNCAN AND BRADY I have heard."
"Paul, I received your CD today. Your name sounded familiar so I
dug out my copy of Baby Let Me Follow You Down, by Rooney and Von
Schmidt. I thought Eric Anderson was the Dorian Gray of folk music,
but you can give him a run for the money! I am listening to your CD
as I type, and will play a cut tomorrow on FOLKENS, UCH."
"Paul: I've been playing it since August. The following tunes:
'Enjoy The View,' 'Send A Message,' and 'All Perfume'."
"Paul Arnoldi's music speaks, with craft and artistry, from the
American acoustic tradition. It guides us through a panorama of
fields and skies, smoke-filled rooms and church bells, and, of
course, the adventures of the heart. When I listened to his new
release, Arnoldi, I felt I'd been treated to a seat on a porch, with
a fine glass of sipping whiskey, after a hard day."
"Last week I played your CD on the program again. Your music makes
me feel like the great outdoors. I particularly liked 'A Mighty Fine
"Paul... Nice to hear from you. I was pleased that Robert J. passed
your CD along to me. I have heard about you over the years, but
never had the chance to connect with you. I played a cut a couple of
weeks ago, and will again. Great to hear from you."
The Critical Review
This artist has traveled and played all over the place. Originally from Wyoming he left to go to Harvard, then played bluegrass music for awhile, then at Berkeley he played some more, eventually moving to New York, then back to California and ended up in LA. This artist sings, writes, plays 6 and 12 string guitar, twanger, keyboards, and shaker.
On this CD he is joined by many musicians who play various instruments including harmonica, washtub bass, dobro, upright bass, and violin among others. Without naming over a dozen of these let it suffice to say that they add support to ARNOLDI's musical compositions. He opens with "A One Note Man" on which he sets the mood for the album. The emphasis here is acoustic. On the other songs we get many styles and senses. A little bit of bluegrass, country, cowboy music, western folk, folk, and many others. The songs cover a wide range of thoughts and feelings. Each song has its own instrumentation depending on who is supporting ARNOLDI.
"A (Mighty) Fine Thing" is an interesting number with good harmonica. Then "Duncan & Brady" is a story [traditional folk song] set to music. This, along with the previous one are two of the better tunes on the CD. It might be called cowboy music along with "In the Mountains On the Plains" which is a slower folk Western type number. I really enjoyed the dobro on this selection.
The 11th cut, "John Riley" is another traditional folk song. This is a neat tune, a melancholy track. The guitar work makes you think of horses walking along. The CD closes with "Running Me Home" which it seems was originally written in 1965. It is obvious that ARNOLDI enjoys playing his guitar and singing his songs, telling these rustic stories. He plays and sings to his heart's content. If you like good acoustic music, this is a Western-tinged effort that you'll enjoy. Simple but bright tunes and playing. Very enjoyable.
1967: HiFi/Stereo Review: Folk Pic/Album of the Week
Recording of Special Merit
(review of first album - A One Note Man)
by Joe Goldberg
Some, but not all, of that sweet, corny, happy-go-lucky quality
finds its way onto this record--perhaps most of all on the song
called Happy-Go-Lucky, which has ragtime-style accompaniment. What
has been lost is difficult to isolate; the difference might be
caused by the formality and tension of a first recording session, or
it might simply be that this time I knew what to expect. But anyway,
Arnoldi is a happy cross between Bob Dylan and Roger Miller, and I
don't see how anyone could fail to enjoy him.