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Acquired Taste (Deluxe Edition) (1 CD + 1 DVD)

Delbert McClintonAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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"Smoking, jumping big-band blues and gospel-rooted '60s soul honed to a razor sharp edge in the Texas juke joints. Jalapeno-hot!"
-- Los Angeles Times

"Breathtaking, hardcore roadhouse rhythm & blues."
--Rolling Stone

Delbert McClinton proudly defies classifications. His music blends his Texas roots with roadhouse rock, juke-joint blues, Memphis ... Read more in Amazon's Delbert McClinton Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: New West Records
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Mama's Little Baby
2. Starting A Rumor
3. Can't Nobody Say I Didn't Try
4. Never Saw It Comin
5. Do It
6. I Need To Know
7. People Just Love To Talk
8. Until Then
9. Willie
10. Wouldn't You Think (Should ve Been Here By Now)
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I'm With You
2. I Use To Worry
3. Why Me
4. Got You On My Mind
5. Blues As Blues Can Get
6. Roll The Dice

Editorial Reviews

Acquired Taste is the thirteenth studio album in the career of Texas roots music legend and Grammy® winning artist Delbert McClinton. The album is produced by Grammy® winning producer Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt). It is the first new studio recording by McClinton in over four years.

McClinton doesn t change the musical formula on Acquired Taste, (a juke joint blend of country, blues, soul and rock n roll). This time, the subtle change from his last album, 2005 s Cost Of Living, are the reflective lyrics providing one of the wisest and most introspective albums of his 50+ year musical career.

The limited edition bonus DVD features 6 unreleased performances from Delbert McClinton performing on the legendary PBS-TV show Austin City Limits in 1992.

Customer Reviews

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RicksPicks August 14, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
First, I have to confess I am a BIG Delbert fan. But, this Cd shows why. Delbert performs with humor, experience, sadness in that seasoned voice.
These songs are well written; and well presented by DICK50 (Delbert's road band). Listen to "Wouldn't You Think..." and you will SEE a stood-up guy in an empty bar. "Starting a Rumor" will make you wonder if this relationship is for real. "Never Saw in Coming" reveals the simple side of most guys. "When She cries at Night" feels like a confused older guy about to lose his younger girlfriend. Delbert will make you laugh, cry and wonder why.
There is only one thing better than listening to Delbert on this CD... seeing him and the band live!! RICK
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first time is the best... August 18, 2009
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I've heard the odd song from Delbert McClinton, but this is the first time I've ever felt inclined to pick up one of his records. If this is par for the course, then I've been missing out.

Delbert slides as easily into country, blues, jazz, gospel, and folk styles as anyone I've ever heard. He does this so naturally, that you could easily miss it if you weren't paying attention. This record rewards close listening, but can also be enjoyed at a party. It will get the attention of anyone with a taste for any of the above mentioned styles, but has an appeal far beyond the average purist. Each song has its own identity, but not so much that you find yourself saying "Oh, here's the country tune." The stew has such a fine mix of ingredients that you're apt to hear a blues vocal turn within the context of a country tune or jazz piano on a blues tune. Or a little bit of all of the above. This is done rather seamlessly; it is never distracting or jarring for the listener. All is in service to the song, and his remarkable voice, which other reviewers here have described perfectly as weathered. I liken it to a perfect cup of coffee - bold and smooth, with a bit of a kick. You won't have any problem hearing or understanding the words, that's for sure.

Try it. My bet is that you'll take to it like your favorite shirt or pair of shoes.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actual Music Startled Everyone August 13, 2009
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Thought I had just gotten too old to appreciate anything new. But it turns out that if somebody writes actual songs and performs them with people playing actual instruments then something new and great can still be produced. The title must be irony, because if the samples here don't motivate you to immediately click Buy It Now then you probably need to run out and acquire some taste, stat. I did make sure to listen to the actual album before coming back to try and give this 5 stars - now I wanna give it 10. If it was 1.99 for physical copies I'd buy as many as I could afford and hand them out randomly, just to spread the gospel. As it is, this is the best 2 bucks you will ever ship over the Interslice, because in return you will get renewed faith in the power of music.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delbert and Dick50 Never Let Us Down August 17, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
As a long-time Delbert and Dick50 devotee, I awaited this one with happy anticipation and a bit of fear that it couldn't possibly measure up to all the Delbert classics of the past. Two listens later, smiles, laughs, chills and tears, I'm glad to know I was wrong. It's all here; it's all Delbert: the voice that ages like the best wine, the humor (lots of that Delbert-talk we female fans love); the sadness and straight-to-the-heart lyrics in numbers like "Wouldn't You Know" and "Out of My Mind." And it wouldn't be a Delbert record without those great story songs we love. "Willie" and "Cherry Street" fit right in. We hear the hand of Gary Nicholson in this writing.

And Dick50: Now the secret is out that all of us Delbert folks have known for a long time. These guys are the best, the most talented, tightest band you'll ever hear: Kevin McKendree (keys, lead guitar on "Cherry Street" and co-writer on several of the songs), Rob McNelley (guitar), Lynn Williams (drums), and Steve Mackey (bass). They'll spoil you for any other music; it's a fact.

I don't mean to insinuate this is "same old, same old." Far from it. The new version of "Do It" puts an end to that notion, and there are layers of jazzy sophistication here that are new.

Endless praise here for the creative Don Was production and turning that piano UP! He knows where the good stuff is, and the piano intros and solos sprinkled throughout this work are a piano-lover's dream.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Such a disappointment! October 24, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a HUGE Delbert fan. I thought about listening to some track samples before I bought this CD, but figured: Why bother? It's Delbert. It's got to be good! Unfortunately, it's not. It's just too talky -- way too heavy on lyrics and not nearly enough music, not enough of the band. The good old rocking Texas blues is missing. One of the songs made me feel like I was sitting in Country Bear Jamboree. There's a couple of tracks I might listen to again, but then I'd have to punch through the rest of the CD and it's just not worth it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delbert is the man! August 13, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
How can any album recorded by the man who taught John Lennon how to play the harmonica be anything less then wonderful? I just downloaded it and am giving it my full attention. If you ever have a chance to see Delbert live...run! Until then, listen to one of his many fine albums including this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars DELBERT !!!!!!
Best of the best...always ! Every cd, every concert, every cruise, every song...DELBERT NO KA OI !!!
No more need be said !
Published 9 months ago by tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Delbert McClinton release
A great lyricist and gutsy singer, these are all what you would expect from Delbert NcClinton. Especially good songs are Starting A Rumor, Wouldn't You Think, and When She Cries At... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robert B. Evans
2.0 out of 5 stars WTF
I am a huge Delbert fan ,I have everything he has ever done and seen him live where he is outstanding. Read more
Published on October 11, 2011 by David J. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Delbert's Best Work
I am a huge Delbert fan. Some of his tunes are on a constant rotation on my iPod. I saw his show (again) a few weeks ago, and once again, his live performance was spectacular... Read more
Published on August 8, 2011 by B. Rowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Delbert has been rocked enough !!!!!!!
I've seen Delbert numerous times in concert and always go when he's in st. Louis. What a great performer !!!!!
Published on June 25, 2011 by Mary C. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Delbert
It's Delbert, if you like hime you will like the music. My fave is Startin a Rumor. I would give this a 5-6 out of 10 when rated against his previous work. Read more
Published on December 7, 2010 by Dennis S. Cooley
5.0 out of 5 stars My dad loves this CD
I bought this CD for my dad, he loves Delbert's music. He was very surprised, as he did not realize this album was out, and has enjoyed it since I gave it to him!
Published on October 25, 2010 by MommyLove
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a homerun!
Not up to Delbert's usual standards. The uneven variety of tunes detracts from the album being a comfortable listen.
Published on June 14, 2010 by Carl Basford
2.0 out of 5 stars Acquired Taste
I love Delbert and have attended many of his concerts over the years but this recording is very mixed regarding the quality of his voice. Read more
Published on May 1, 2010 by David E. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Grammy Star Delbert McClinton
Delbert has done it again. Every song is great and from the heart.
He can sure write music and sings better every year. I have 13 of his
CD's and I love them all..Carol D
Published on April 3, 2010 by Carol Dudley
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