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Bobby Charles

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Bobby Charles

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Street People
  2. Long Face
  3. I Must Be In A Good Place Now
  4. Save Me Jesus
  5. He's Got All The Whiskey
  6. Small Town Talk
  7. Let Yourself Go
  8. Grow Too Old
  9. I'm That Way
  10. Tennessee Blues


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • ASIN: B000001CWA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,408 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I can't believe I found this CD again. I used to play the album on the radio when it first came out, and it's remained in my memory one of the best albums ever. Bobby Charles is a very well-known Louisiana singer & songwriter in a swamp-pop style. he wrote "See you Later Alligator" and lots of hits for folks like Fats Domino. As I recall this album has members of The Band on it. I believe there was some sort of dispute with the original label that prevented it from being widely promoted, and it was out of print for a long tmie. But it's a very good album if you like the Band/Louisiana style sound. "Tennessee Blues" is a killer. Now I'm going to stop talking and go order this.
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This album, "Bobby Charles," is great. He is one of the best of the unknown or only slightly known singer/songwriters. His real name is Robert Charles Guidry. He wrote "Walking to New Orleans," a big hit for Fats Domino. He also wrote "See You Later Alligator" "I Don't Know Why But I Do" and many others. His songs have been covered by Joe Cocker, Muddy Waters, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Charles, to name a few. His admirers include Neil Young, Dr. John, Willie Nelson. This CD has no real liner notes or accredited musicians, but the band consists of Dr. John, Amos Garret, David Sanborn, every member of The Band with the exception of Robbie Robertson, and some other well known muscians. Bobby Charles also appears on one number from The Bands "Last Waltz" CD. If you like any of the above mentioned artists, you will love this CD. I personally keep it in steady rotation.
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This is really nice, laid-back, tuneful music, with great backing from members of The Band and Dr John, among others. It includes many songs not before available, like "New Mexico", where Rick Danko joins on vocals. The interview with Dr Demento is interesting, a glimpse into a spaced out world that makes sense. Bobby Charles keeps making quiet jokes about the sort of people who want to work hard and make money and live in NYC- "we need people like that", referring to his song "Street People". But Bobby would rather stay at home and make "Home Made Songs", another really neat song. "Tennessee Blues" is purely beautiful, a longing for peace and beauty and quiet, covered by Doug Sahm. "I Must Be in a Good Place Now" is also quite beautiful and spiritual. This is expensive, but a bit cheaper if ordered direct from Rhino Handmade. I rate it right up there with early stuff from The Band. Unaffected beauty with a beat. Rating: as many stars as you can count.
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Bobby Charles recently died. He was better recognized as a song writer than as a performer. This record was recorded in the 70's and was done at the Band's upstate NY studio. Its reissue was held up and complicated by litigation. The material is strong and timeless. Bobby Charles as a singer was relaxed and funky. I am buying more of his work. Fans of Tony Joe White, or of Louisiana "swamp" music will like this.
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Bobby Charles songs will either not be to your liking or will change your world and you'll fall madly in love with his music. So listen to a sample of his tunes on some place like YouTube where you can hear his voice and get a feel for the music and lyrics. If it works for you grab this record plus a newer release that was produced by Dr. John and features the born-to-sing-these-songs voice of Shannon McNally - the CD called "Small Town Talk" The McNally record is basically a cover of older Bobby Charles songs and it is one of the best records ever made. She and Dr. John and Bobby Charles were all friends and Charles heard Small Town Talk before his death in 2010. Now that CD is available, and it's a gorgeous soulful interpretation (sung in a phenomenal way and magically arranged) of the tunes found on this and other classic Bobby Charles records. If you really go in for the Bobby Charles sound then invest in the long out of print Box Set - it's a treasure trove.
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This CD grows and grows on you. Not to take away from Bobby Charles, but if you are religiously in love with The Band, it is fascinating to hear him backed up by (I have read) Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson. I can't help but think that he influenced The Band in subtle ways, as they influenced him. I find it curious that he doesn't use the Band to back up his voice, but Levon and Garth are so distinctive it is almost like they are singing. The more I play it, the more I learn. This is an album from times gone by, when there was another world out there. I would encourage others to try it.
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Having only heard this album on streaming services over the last few years, listening to this on vinyl was like listening to it the first time. The dynamic range is so evident as you can hear more details in the recording than you can in the streaming. The packaging is great too. If you're a fan of The Band, give this one a try.
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This is one of those rare gems of an album that, for me personally, has great songs from start to finish.
I first heard of Bobby Charles from The Last Waltz album, (The Band's farewell concert) and felt that I needed to hear more of his work.
While browsing Amazon's recommendations for me I found this album and listened to the samples and ordered it right away.
For me it was a great purchase and anyone who enjoys the singer songwriter genre (Steve Goodman, John Prine, J.J. Cale) will very much appreciate this album! ENJOY!
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