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Can't Keep a Good Man Down

Tommy CastroAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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listen  2. You Knew The Job Was Dangerous 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Suitcase Full Of Blues 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. You Gotta Do What You Gotta Do 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. I Want To Show You 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. My Time After A While 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Take The Highway Down 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. High On The Hog 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. You Only Go Around Once 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Nobody Loves Me Like My Baby 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Hycodan (Instrumental) 4:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Can't You See What You're Doing To Me 4:41$0.99  Buy MP3 

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“Irresistible contemporary blues-rock…street-level grit and soul” –Billboard

“Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar.” –The Washington Post

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • ASIN: B000000NA7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,970 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Pegged as a sort of Bay Area Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitarist Tommy Castro's got the riffs, but his sound's less raw than that of the Texas guitar slinger. There's a bit of soul in there, as well; if Robert Cray were less blues and more rock & roll, he might sound a bit like this. Castro's obviously positioning himself for crossover success, but with material as solid as what's on Can't Keep a Good Man Down, that's in no way a bad thing. His guitar lines are slick without sounding contrived, and there's real sweetness in songs like "I Want to Show You" that make them more than your standard blues-rock semiballad. While Castro hasn't received the level of attention accorded to, say, Jonny Lang or Kenny Wayne Shepherd, it's certainly not for lack of talent. In his lower-key way, he's just as good. --Genevieve Williams

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Un-shredded Blues. August 23, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
For those who had never heard of Tommy Castro, he is one of those younger bluesman who is keeping blues music wholesome because he did not choose to play blues as an alternative prior to the demise of guitar shredding heavy metal nor did he try to fill the void Stevie Ray Vaughan had left behind. Hence his playing and singing style is still very much his own with a strong anchor to the masters of electric blues of Freddie King to Buddy Guy. He also borrows a lot singing licks from the Stax/Volt stable of Otis Redding to Joe Tex. The end results ? White boy blues with a tinge of Blue-eyed soul. His slightly overdriven Strat guitar tone compliments perfectly with his slightly raspy singing voice and with the addition of some horns on a couple of tracks, you can almost figure out how this album will sound like. Buy it if you think Kenny Wayne Shepard is playing too many notes for a blues player and that Jonny Lang is a tad too young to actually interpret the blues.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Castro Classic January 20, 2012
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In recent years, Tommy Castro has strayed from the booze drentched, bar-room blues that he lauched his career on back in his ealry days of San Fran club circuit. A tireless touring band, Castro has pleased crowds with his raucous live shows. Some have argued that the charming guitarist, Castro is more sizzle than steak but on this earlier CD there is no mistaking his moxey and ability to ring solid blues out of most every note with this vintage offering. The lead track, "Can't Keep a Good Man Down" is one of Tommy Castro absoulte classics and one of my personal favortes. Vocally Castro has been compared to heavy company such as Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Rich comparisons to be sure, but Castro does pocess a gritty clean voice that, when he stays away from Southside Johnny styled mid-tempo R&B ballads, lends itself best to blues standards and Castro Band orignals. I've seen Castro live and I've got most of his LPs and this one is at the tip of the heap. Other stellar tracks would be the standard spin on "My Time After a While", a tip of the brim to Chuck Berry on "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do" or the philosophical everyman on the road credo 'You Only Go Around Once'. Like the Frisco landmark Candlestick, Castro hits one out of the park with this disc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BLUES ROCK April 1, 2000
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5.0 out of 5 stars Songs nine and ten need to be samples. May 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
They are "You Only Go Around Once" and "Nobody Loves Me Like My Baby" these are two of the best songs on the CD. I saw Tommy Castro and his band at the Cabooze in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They were fantastic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Strong One November 28, 2006
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Another strong album from Castro and his band. Once again most of the songs on the album are originals with a couple of tasty covers thrown in. Tommy tackles Steve Schuffert's "Suitcase Full Of Blues", Albert King's "Can't You See What You Are Doing To Me", and one of the album highlights "My Time After Awhile". This song has become a staple of his live show as well. The original stuff is mostly good too with "Can't Keep A Good Man Down", "You Knew The Job Was Dangerous", "Nobody Loves Me Like My Baby", and the instrumental "Hycodan" all being highlights. This is another great rockin blues album from Castro.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Guy's A Star March 20, 2005
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Tommy Castro is amazing, the next best thing to SRV. This cd doesn't have one single track that isn't star quality. From the first tune, Can't Keep A Good Man Down to the last, being Can't You See What You're Doing To Me, I can't believe how good this music is. The sleeper, You Knew The Job Was Dangerous, will have you playing it over and over again. Get this cd today and then buy every one in the Castro collection. You will be hooked. Guaranteed.
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