New ‘Best of” Compilation 2013-2016 CD Milestones, 21 classic tracks. Hard Copy only, available at gigs or contact for mail order $18 incl.postage.
Milestones Review by Bernie Bicknell
REVIEW – MILESTONES
The melody is always the hero with John Francis Carroll. No guitar gymnastics or complicated
arrangements for him. Allow the listener to hear the beauty of the song. “Milestones”, John’s latest
album, is testimony to this. It is John’s “Best Of” and includes the works of some our best known and
most loved modern songwriters.
The selection of songs will come as no surprise to his regular audience at Victoria Market, where he has
become a fixture in his laneway spot. A Saturday morning coffee without “While My Guitar Gently
Weeps” or “Rhiannon” seems incomplete. I am usually one of the few punters bold enough to yell out a
request from his repertoire. ‘Hey, John, my guest hasn’t heard you play “Albatross”. How about it?”
Five tracks on the album are, unsurprisingly, Beatles compositions. All are wonderful tunes, which come
to life as instrumentals. The fact that three of them were penned by George Harrison reinforces what a
wonderful songwriter he became when he got his chance late in the Beatles history. Two songs from
Marl Knopfler also reinforce what a fine songwriter he has been. It’s a strong line-up, including John
Fogarty, Booker T Jones, Leonard Cohen, Peter Green.
The common rap on “Best Of” albums is the omissions. Which popular tracks of the artist are missing?
My only criticism is that the selection could have included one or two of John’s original compositions.
They would stand up against the great songs selected. Maybe on “Milestones 2”?
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