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  • Audio CD (August 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B005BY8QCO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emma D. on December 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Billy Thompson's "A Better Man" is one of those rare albums that comes along way too seldom that is fresh from the first listen to (in my experience) the 200th listen. I ended up buying a second one because I wore out the first. I love this album and recommend it to folks who love the blues, soul and simply just love great music!
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By karen on March 18, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
We followed this man and his gutsy blues for many years while living in San Diego way back when, then lost track of him after we moved away. What a thrill to find his 2012 CD, which does indeed showcase his talents as singer, songwriter, and guitar blazer, better than ever!
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From his bio...

"Virtuosic guitar work that has electrified audiences across the U.S. and throughout Europe sets the tone for this veteran blues man's sizzling performances, combining world class slide guitar and searing licks with soulful vocals and original music--a unique amalgamation of blues styles, with rock, funk and R&B. Billy has played with legends such as Little Milton, Albert King, Earl King, and Art Neville, while opening for the likes of Robert Cray, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, The Neville Brothers and Joe Cocker, to name a few."

"This is a great collection of Blues songs, sung soulfully by Billy Thompson, backed on vocals by Johnny Lee Schell, masterfully produced by Grammy Award winning producer Tony Braunagel, who also serves as the drummer and percussionist for this recording. Billy Thompson's guitar's riffs and chord progressions are mind blowing."

This is his 5th release, featuring a host of world class players, including Mike Finnigan (Jimi Hendrix, Etta James and Joe Cocker), 8-time Grammy winner Johnny Lee Schell (Phantom Blues Band), Kenny Gradney (Little Feat), James "Hutch" Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt), Lenny Castro (Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones) and The Texacali Horns' Joe Sublett & Darrell Leonard (Little Feat, Phantom Blues Band).

This man is part tornado and part hurricane. Billy's slide guitar licks move the tunes along effortlessly. And the voice is so soulfully captivating. The expertly crafted 13-song collection proves Thompson has become an even more accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, especially on slide. The man has been polishing his craft since the 70's, playing and fronting with the best of them.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blues411 on December 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Okeh kiddoes, the line up here is butt-kicking. Produced by Tony Braunagel, who also plays the drums. Featuring Mike Finnigan, Johnny Lee Schell, The Texacali Horns (Joe Sublett/Darrell Leonard) and Kenny Gradney & Hutch Hutchinson this is kinda like the Phantom-Bonnie Raitt-Little Feat- Blues Band or what Blind Faith only hoped to be, a super group, even if they are just on this release.

I'd like to talk about the title track 'A Better Man', first of all. Since Mr. Thompson titled the release after this song I felt there was a connection that I needed to explore. Good thought, to quote Fred Sanford 'you big dummy'....

In it Billy sings of the hope and belief that after all the crap, disappointment, failures, missed opportunites that occur to us that we will come out of it and become 'better men'. As he sings regarding the "grief and glory' that we go thru one cannot help but feel the truth ring out in his words. It truly is our quest to live thru these hard times and to come away being 'a better man today'. The feeling of redemption is helped along by some seriuosly righteous work by Mike Finnigan.

Billy provides us with an intersting take on the oft' used term, 'Born Again'. In this song he tells us how his lonely prayers were answered by the love of his woman and, and in doing so it provided the saving he needed and thus made him feel as if he was born again. With this usage it somehow seems more real than the hackneyed politico/religious phrase that we have become used to.

Billy possesses a fine, gruff-tinged voice the he uses well to convey the often intricate points he makes with his music. His guitar work is spot-on, never overplaying and always being in the right place at the right time and in the right form needed.
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