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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Back Porch
  • ASIN: B000CS45HY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,918 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The band spent most of May 2005 at Dockside Studios near Lafayette, La., working with Keb' Mo' on the recordings. Tommy Malone spent an additional two weeks in September in Los Angeles working with Keb' on the final mixes. The recording has been mastered, artwork has been settled on, and promo copies are already making their way to radio stations. Keep an ear on your favorite radio station, as "Papa Dukie and the Mud People" (aka Love is a Beautiful Thing) is already being featured on a number of stations. Some of the songs have been previewed on the road and will be recognizable to fans, but many will be brand new to most people! Some guests in addition to Keb' Mo' helped out in the studio, including the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Narada. 2006.

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Between the recording and the release of this album, the devastation of Katrina transformed the Subdudes' native New Orleans. So perhaps this could have been titled Before the Flood, with the band's musical equivalent of Crescent City comfort food reminding us of better times (and providing hope for better times to come). The band's sonic signature combines the soulful vocals of Tommy Malone, the call-and-response harmonies of his bandmates, and the spare accordion accompaniment of John Magnie. As produced by bluesman Keb' Mo', the band's second album since its reunion renders the rhythm section almost subliminal, thus spotlighting the buoyant melodies and the vocal dynamics more than the groove. Among the highlights here, "Papa Dukie and the Mud People" celebrates the commotion that results when a hippie tribe pitches riverside camp in small-town Louisiana, "Looking at You" features a funky duet with Rosie Ledet, and "One Word" lifts the spirit like a secular hymn, with Malone's buttery tenor sounding like a bayou Michael McDonald. The gorgeous balladry of "Time for the Sun to Rise" and the closing redemption of "Prayer of Love" provide the sort of transcendental healing that music can offer the most musical of American cities. --Don McLeese

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By scolvig VINE VOICE on March 30, 2006
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This has been my daughter's favorite band for years, and I've had 2 of their Cd's, which I've always enjoyed. Last night I got to see them live for the first time. I live near Eureka, Ca. The audience was pretty small; I don't think these extremely talented gentlemen get the exposure they deserve, and the show was barely advertised around here. But that made for a very intimate concert, and everyone there absolutely loved it. It was very easy to meet them after the show, and what a fantastic bunch of guys. They played most of the tracts from Behind the Levee, their newest. There is just so much feeling and joy in their music. I bought 2 of the Cd's, and tonight got to listen to it in entirety. Every track is wonderful, so I don't have a favorite. There is so much variety in this CD.I especially loved the funky soul sounds. I just know it makes me smile and cry and dance. So I'm ordering another now. Love is a beautiful thing! Peace!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Still Alive and Kicking on January 27, 2006
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I saw them last night here in Milwaukee, in support of this CD. I believe they played every song from "Behind the Levee". Usually it's difficult seeing a band push its new songs, because you (well, I, anyway) want to hear the old favorites. But these songs were so catchy and interesting that I never once found myself thinking "C'mon, let's hear something we know". As another reviewer points out, they've resisted making one singer the star and the others the supporting cast, so there's a lot of interesting harmony and that wonderful trading off of vocal lines between Tommy and John.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Patton on April 1, 2006
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If you're having a bad day and in a funk, put this record on. If you're not feeling markedly better half way through it...you need a doctor! To me, that's the sign of "the real stuff"!!!

The melody, the soul, the funk, the harmony, the rhythem, the fun, and the emotion....make Behind the Levee the best money you've spent in a long time.

I regret that a 5 star rating is the best I can give it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack Simmons on January 24, 2006
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I love this band, so I am not very objective. Having said that, I do my have ny favorites, and my lesser favorites. At first four listens this comes across a very mellow album, and not a lot of new ground is broken. It maintains those trademark harmonies, and exquisite musicianship, strong vocals."Papa Dukie" is the single on the album but I feel that "One Word" could share that same distinction, as well as "Lets Play" . I have a feeling that this album will age very well, it is deeper tha the first listenings would suggest. You can get lost and drift away in the serenity of the only unoriginal song " Time For the Sun to Rise" and yet there are some many wonderful new melodies that have you humming along. The best thing I can say about this band ( I plan to see them in Wash. and Long island and San Juan Cap over the next few months) is that they make me feel nostalgic for songs I've only heard once. Does anyone else experience that? There will be lot of debate over where "Behind The Levee" ranks with the rest of their work, but one thing cant be disputed, The Subdudes are the most original and talented band working today. To go to a concert is to experience pure joy and love flowing off the stage. Pure love of music and performing that rivals any concert that I've seen. So enjoy this work, it is superb. They are in a class by themselves, and this would be a landmark album for any band, but for the "dudes" it is the level we have selfishly come to expect.In my opinion, they meet all expectations..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rico Brown on February 11, 2006
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The Subdudes deliver with perhaps their most soulful album yet. Producer Keb' Mo' brings a light touch to the album, giving the album a very laid-back, in-the-pocket vibe with the bursts of funkiness and blues that 'dudes fans have come to expect. There's not a throwaway track in the bunch and several of the songs on "Levee" rank with the Subdudes' all time greats. "Papa Dukie and the Mud People," the first single, is alone worth the price of admission, and the rest of the album is just as good.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Kyle TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 30, 2006
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This is the type of CD you put on when you're having the kind of day that makes you want to go back to bed. "Papa Dukie and the Mud People" is a great opener, but you get hope, humor, and happiness clear through the CD. "Time for the Sun to Rise" is a call to wake up and listen to the birds sing. "Prayer of Love" which closes the CD just leaves you feeing inspired. Anyone who disputes the medicinal powers of music should listen to this CD just once. No further empirical evidence needed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Grissom on January 25, 2006
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The subdudes have come up with another winner. Keb' Mo' did a great job keeping this a tight and focused disc. (I heard he made them use a click track for the first time). I heard several of the songs in New Orleans last year and they have all come through excellently on this CD. Tommy Malone is about the only white guy (with the possible exceptions of Stevie Winwood and Van Morrison) who can remind you of Al Green, such is the soulfulness of his vocals. He is outstanding on this release.

Highly recommended, as is each and every subdudes CD. And go see them live! They are a KILLER live act.

Mark from NOLA
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jollyman on March 9, 2006
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I'm new to the "Subdudes" I heard them for the first time 2 years ago and instantly ordered "Primitive Streak" These guys are amazing. I can't figure out why they are not more famous. I am a singer songwriter - My Cd "Ben Green" is available on Amazon and I've had a bit of commercial success. This is certainly not a qualifier but I must say there is a magical quality to the songwriting and Malone has the one of the greatest voices in Rock & Roll. Their new Cd is one of the best. Buy it!!
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