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Home Again

by John Batdorf

Listening to Home Again is like finding a lost buried musical treasure. This CD has all the familiarity of arguably the greatest musical era, the late 60s and early 70's but with fresh new original songs that brings it all to the present.
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1. Home Again
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2. Me And You
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3. I Don't Always Win
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4. Ain't It Like Home
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5. Solitude
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6. I Never Wanted
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7. Can't Be Trusted
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8. Something Is Slipping Away
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9. One Night Stands
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10. Where Are You Now
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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John Batdorf’s uniquely passionate vocals and guitar playing landed him his first major record deal back in the 70’s with Atlantic Records, and he’s continued to develop and grow as an artist to this day. As the song writing and lead vocal half of Batdorf and Rodney, John began honing his craft and developing his own style back in the early 70’s. After the breakup with Rodney, John did an album with a group called Silver and toured the country promoting their album at venues with the likes of America, Doobie Brothers, Poco and Hall and Oats. Fans devoted to his sound recognized John’s voice on several radio and television projects in the 80’s when he worked as a top LA studio session singer. When he wasn’t touring with bands, or producing music for a variety of clients, he never stopped writing songs. In the early 90’s he partnered with fellow songwriter Michael McLean and released a handful of albums that captured a personal resonance John found with his universal songs of hope and inspiration. It’s as if with each stage in his artistic journey, he developed a greater understanding of the power music to impact our daily lives. Never one to stagnate creatively, John expanded his artistic palette from acoustic driven pop/rock to story driven melodies. From 1996 to 2002 he worked as a TV composer for the hit series “Touched by an Angel” and “Promised Land”. Now into the second half of the new millennium, John has recorded a new CD with James Lee Stanley "All Wood And Stones" (a highly original take on early Rolling Stones songs, done acoustically with tight harmonies) along with his first solo EP, "Side One." His latest solo CD,”Home Again” is comprised of seven new originals and three songs for the Batdorf and Rodney days. This CD is an acoustic guitar and vocal enthusiasts dream come true! Listening to Home Again is like finding a lost buried musical treasure. This CD has all the familiarity of arguably the greatest musical era, the late 60s and early 70's but with fresh new original songs that brings it all to the present. Home Again is a must have CD for all music lovers!


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Jun Yamaya "j-boy" (Tokyo, Japan)

These B&R songs are naturally the high points of the album but the rest (includi
Welcome back, Batdorf & Rodney, February 7, 2007

This is the first full-length solo album from John Batdorf, one half of the 70's folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney and a member of Silver. He has been making great music all throughout the years, but this is by far his best. Pleasant surprise is the appearance of Mark Rodney on two songs, for the first time in 30 years since B&R called it quits. Both of these songs (Home Again and Where Are You Now) are re-recordings of old B&R songs but they are a lot better. Just listen to the firing acoustic groove of Home Again! Amazing these guys out-shined themselves after such a long hiatus.

These B&R songs are naturally the high points of the album but the rest (including another old B&R song, Ain't It like Home) is just as good and enjoyable acoustic music. You won't be disappointed.

Mark Klaesener (St.. Peters, Missouri United States)

This is John's best work ever and once you listen to it you will not put it away
Best music by John Batdorf ever, February 11, 2007

Home Again by John Batdorf is by far the best music John has put out solo or with Batdorf & Rodney. The remake of Home Again as the title song will knock your socks off. And it was nice to hear Mark Rodney play on the song too, I didn't think they could remake the song better but John & Mark blew the old version away and I did not think that was possible. The whole CD is packed with great songs, This is John's best work ever and once you listen to it you will not put it away. It's been in my car CD player since I bought it and still enjoying it now. John is touring right now if you get the chance to see him live don't pass it up you will regret it later.

Larry DeVine

Home Again
This is a great cd from the opening song to the last.
I always loved Batdorf and Rodney and had there albums from the 70'S. The new versions of "Ain't it like home" and "Where are you now" are the kind of songs I can listen to over and over again.
The whole cd is just a great cd.
If you remember Batdorf and rodney these songs will take you back and forward in time.

Cassidy


This is one of the best, most cohesive albums I’ve heard in a long time. The lyrics and melodies are equally strong, and I was pleased to see that it held up to the praise I’d heard. The acoustic introduction to “Home Again” is a wonderful beginning, and the clarity on John’s vocal here is admirable. It makes the song believable. It’s not often that one feels this way in life, and it’s great to hear it expressed in song. My favorite line from “Home Again” is: “Now I’m sought instead of chasing.”

“Me and You” is a nice nod to groups like Buffalo Springfield from the mid-’60s. I still can’t get over how much John sounds like Graham Nash. I see a lot of CSN parallels in this album.

“I Don’t Always Win” has incredible lyrics that keep a balance between honesty and hope. I think of those I know who have dealt with addiction, and in my opinion, John captured this feeling quite well.

The simple acoustic feel of “Ain’t It Like Home” is something I don’t hear very often anymore, and it’s a brilliant vocal and a nice precursor to “Home Again” (even if the other was written first). “Ain’t It Like Home” is still looking for home, and the latter has found it.

I absolutely love the lyrics to “Solitude”. There are people who constantly miss chances, overwhelmed by stimuli and the demands placed upon them. And sometimes they have a lot of trouble escaping that mindset, even though they wish they could do something about it.

“I Never Wanted” is another one of my favorites. This is a theme often seen in life, but not usually expressed this well in song. There are more striking lyrics here: “I said I never wanted love / But love is the only thing I need.”

For someone who didn’t want to write an angry song, John and Michael McLean did a fantastic job. The guitar on the chorus of “Can’t Be Trusted” especially stands out.

Another favorite of mine is “Something is Slipping Away”. I’m fonder of earlier decades than my own, and there’s another great lyric here: “And the greatest prize before our eyes / Is given to those who can take without having to give.” It’s ironic but true. This song has a wonderful melody, too.

“One Night Stands” is really a very clever lyric, and I have to agree with Michael McLean: this *is* the one that gets stuck in my head the most. I’d love to hear this live; I’ll bet it draws a real crowd response.

“Where Are You Now?” reminds me a little of the Blue Jays’ (Justin Hayward/John Lodge) “Who Are You Now” because they touch on the same theme. Since much of “Home Again” looks back at the past, it makes sense to close with this one.
What really struck me about this album is that I enjoy every single song on it. Not one is filler. I haven’t heard all of John’s music yet, but I’d have to say that this is my favorite so far.

The Soft Needle (University Heights, Ohio)

This CD is really the essence of what make John so much fun to listen to and tak
John Badorf Brings Us Home Again, April 13, 2007

This is a really a terrific CD from John Batdorf. It's deep, features two of his most memorable B & R songs in "Home Again" and "Ain't It Like Home" and just resonates with the beauty and the magic he first shared with us over 30 years ago. And, after 30+ years of waiting, we had the great pleasure of seeing him in Kent, Ohio for a solo show. He was superb. This CD is really the essence of what make John so much fun to listen to and take in. The acoustic guitar is memorable and distinctive. His voice is clear, harmonies are beautiful, and the lyrics are either loving or biting, depending on what the song's message is. And when I say "deep", the songs are strong throughout. Few throw-aways here, and there shouldn't be, because Mr. Batdorf hasn't been nearly as consistent with his CD releases as we'd like him to be. Know that his Batdorf and McLean CDs are excellent, but this one is really a return to the feel of Batdorf & Rodney, while giving us the full measure of just what a strong and gifted artist John is. Thanks, John, for reminding us how great it is to hear your brand of acoustic folk or acoustic rock, depending on your mood. Now, if you could just see your way to give us a remake of "Can You See Him," I could go to heaven fulfilled.

RadioIndy.com staff

Excellent acoustic rock CD. Pick up a copy today!
"Home Again" by John Batdorf, is a very impressive acoustic adult rock CD. The CD is filled with impressive acoustic guitar work, which sounds really good on this recording. John's vocals are especially beautiful on this CD, and include rich harmonies on many tracks. The recording quality is crystal clear, which is especially effective on this acoustic, unplugged CD, and allows the lyrics to cut through nicely. The songwriting combines well thought-out and thought-provoking lyrics combined with memorable choruses. "Home Again," the title track, combines memorable acoustic guitar work and a memorable chorus, with a powerful lyrical message. "Me and You" includes clever lyrics and nice 2-part harmonies. "Something Is Slipping Away" is a remarkably beautiful song. The up-tempo "One Night Stands" is one of our favorite tracks, with it's hook-filled chorus. If you enjoy acoustic adult rock artists of the 60s and early 70s, such as Crosby, Stills, & Nash, you will enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!

Marie Quinn (Batdorf)

My Dad found an album of these guys many years ago in a flea market and brought
................we all laughed about it then because Batdorf is also my fathers last name hence the family's name. We kids had never heard of them so we didn't even listen to the music. I'm sorry I missed it back then but very glad I found them now. Love the style and sound.

Reviewer: David Porter (Tucson)

If you're in any way familiar with Batdorf songs or Batdorf and Rodney albums, y
When I got this a couple weeks ago I immediately listened to it twice--it's that good. I've been a fan since the early '70s and used to play some B&R songs. The song writing is strong. The melodies are carefully worked out. This is a beautiful album. If you're in any way familiar with Batdorf songs or Batdorf and Rodney albums, you'll love this stuff. This record is a consistent pleasure to listen to. A couple old songs get a new treatment and sound thoroughly fresh. Don't miss this one.

Chris Spector / Midwest Record Recap

Whether an old or new fan, it´s well worth checking out.
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JOHN BATDORF/Home Again: Funny thing about the music biz that never changes, you can have all the auspicious beginnings you want but the next step is to get hot or go home. 35 years after putting Batdorf & Rodney to rest after some of the most auspicious beginnings, Batdorf catches up with his roots and re-examines the cult band that faded away but didn´t die. After moving on and successfully wearing other hats, a spate of reissues caused Batdorf and Rodney to come to light again and was the genesis of this set that brings old and new together. Even 35 years on, Batdorf is running with the heart of a kid and adds wisdom to the old songs while adding wonder to the new. A singer/songwriter with more on the ball than a lot of today´s crop, this set is a welcome return home again. Whether an old or new fan, it´s well worth checking out.

Jeanette A. Lundgren

Welcome Home
A friend of mine said something once that I am borrowing here: If I only hear one voice for the rest of my life and it's Johns' voice, that's okay. Of course, I don't really wish that - not because I don't appreciate his voice but because I need to hear other voices and styles in order to come back to being able to listen to John, fresh, and appreciate him more every single time -- from pronunciation or enunciation to that endearing quality of Johns' voice to how far he can bend and stretch his vocal range. I hear the person I know now in that voice and sometimes, I can hear the voice I've come to know was Johns' when he was part of Batdorf and Rodney back in the day. The one thing I can always count on from Johns' music is that it brings me back from wherever I've been and centers me and gives me hope and makes me breath easier and know that I can get through another day. --
Musically, that raw talent that started with Batdorf and Rodney in the 1970s, grew and got trained by life, living, and many years of studio background performances as well as television composition. John is a perfectionist when it comes to his music but in being a perfectionist he also does not overwork. He knows when a composition is done and that in and of itself is a musical talent. When John started the project that became HOME AGAIN, he knew exactly what he wanted for each song ... he knew where every drumbeat would go, every shake of the tambourine, where mandolin notes would be dropped in -- all for the best effect. Some of us can hear songs we already know in the engines of a train or airplane but part of Johns' talent is that he can hear it way before it's even a song. --
Altogether HOME AGAIN is a fine piece of work. In being Johns' first full-length solo project it also showcases all those people he has had partnerships with down through the years. This is also one of Johns' talents. He brings out the best in everyone. It's one of the reasons I call him "Magnetic Gold" - he attracts the best of people to him and they stick around. --
Here we all are, safe at harbor. HOME AGAIN. Welcome to it and pass it on.
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