REVIEWS:

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."
- Roz & Howard Larman, FolkScene KPFK Los Angeles

"I listened to your CD and liked it just fine. Best version of DUNCAN AND BRADY I have heard."
- Bob Stane, Coffee Gallery Backstage, Alta Dena, CA

"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."
- Ken Swiatek, Folkens, Uch. Williamstown, MA WJJW

"Paul: I've been playing it since August. The following tunes: 'Enjoy The View,' 'Send A Message,' and 'All Perfume'."
- John Davis, Heartfelt Music , KPFK, Los Angeles

"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."
- M. Bloch, Production Manager/Designer, Project in the Arts concert series

"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 Thing'."
- Bill Hahn, Traditions, Teaneck , N.J. WDFU 89.1

"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."
- Dick Pleasants, Folk Heritage, WGBH Boston


The Critical Review

Armando Canales

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
Performance: Happy
Recording: Good
Stereo Quality: Okay
When I first saw Paul Arnoldi some months back at the Gaslight Cafe in New York, he looked so gorgeous, so perfectly cast as the male lead in Tennessee Williams' The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, that I didn't expect to hear a thing. Well! Sources which I believe antedate the United States Supreme Court tell us that you can't tell a book by its cover, and that was the case with Arnoldi. He has a wild, fey, gentle, self-mocking humor, although nowhere near as fey as the late Richard Farina's liner notes would have you believe. It was a great pleasure to listen to him and to his unmistakably home-made songs.

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.


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