Record Reviews

The Hombres, Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)

Posted on August 6, 2011

Q: Would I sell it?
A: Maybe for $50.00 but only after I burned a copy of their version of “So Sad.”

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Soul Clan, Soul Clan

Posted on July 22, 2011

Within the last year or two a friend of mine told me she had found a copy of the Soul Clan album at a local music store. I had confessed that I had still never seen a copy of it. She paid an ample sum for her copy but I totally understood why and it’s hard to explain why if you don’t have vinyl in your blood, love in your heart and soul in your bones.

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Various Artists, Rave On Buddy Holly

Posted on July 21, 2011

I downloaded this collection for $8.99. It was worth the nine bucks to aurally experience the various interpretations Charles Hardin Holley, but I find myself coming back for repeated listenings to only five songs, Smith’s “Words of Love,” The Black Keys’ “Dearest,”, My Morning Jackets’ “True Love Ways”, Lou Reed’s “Peggy Sue” and Jenny O’s “I’m Gonna Love You Too.” I like the Cobra’s cut as well as Cee-Lo’s and Florence & The Machines’ version of “Not Fade Away” is worth a listen too.

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The Butanes featuring Willie Walker, Long Time Thing

Posted on July 19, 2011

…these songs respect the traditions of their respective genres, listening to Long Time Thing is like opening up a time capsule and hearing songs that were tucked away for the last 40 to 50 years.

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Songs I Turned Up: Could It Be I’m Falling In Love, The Spinners

Posted on June 22, 2011

The emergences of Phillipe “Soul” Wynne, sharing lead vocal duties with tenor Bobby Smith was the final ingredient in the recipe of fame and success. Listen to “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” with Thom Bells’s keys underpinned by Larry Washington’s congas, the strings, the girls and finally, Wynne ad-libbing over the coda. The Spinners had arrived!

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Booker T. Jones, The Road From Memphis

Posted on May 11, 2011

The Road From Memphis works better than Booker’s previous LP, Potato Hole for a couple of reasons. The the originals are much better songs and his collaborators are more sympathetic to his ideas. It sounds like Booker’s vision of a new LP was realized more than somebody else’s vision for a new Booker T. Jones album.

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Dennis Coffey, Dennis Coffey

Posted on May 10, 2011

The album is an homage to Detroit. Coffey’s choice of covers from his past and from the Motor City culture, compliment his new originals as well as the new purveyors of the genre. He stands tall amongst youngsters, schooling them a bit and making a fine record at the same time.

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Charles Bradley, No Time For Dreaming

Posted on May 9, 2011

At 63 years of age, Charles Bradley still purveys raw talent. His vocal approach is often compared to James Brown and Wilson Pickett’s painfully exposed delivery, but those men defined it as a style. I believe Bradley does it this way because it is the only way he knows how

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Scandalous, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Posted on April 21, 2011

“Black Snake” is reminiscent of “Resurrection Shuffle” by Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, but it would be a disservice to the Joe & the band to compare them to those brass rockers of the early 70s – like Chase or early Chicago – because the Honeybears can swing.

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The Baseball Project, Vol. 2, High & Inside

Posted on April 20, 2011

Again the band displays their love for the game with pop hooks and history lessons. It’s like the Schoolhouse Rock of Baseball.

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