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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU FOR THE CLAP!
The Col. ends some shows like this. The codetalkers are one of the tightest outfits out there. This disc is a good sample of what they are doing these days. Great from start to finish. Nice mixture of styles that are unique. Hopefully they will record with Jimmy Herring who starts touring with the band in April. Catch them at SMILEFEST where the headline. Col. Bruce...
Published on March 22, 2005 by John R. Bishop

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3.0 out of 5 stars great live band - mediocre studio effort
When jambands enter the studio, they usually create one of two albums. They either attempt to recreate their live show or they limit improvisation and showcase the songwriting. Unfortunately, "Deluxe Edition" falls into the latter category. It is unfortunate since songwriting clearly isn't the Codetalkers' greatest strength. This band puts on an amazing live show that has...
Published on July 3, 2006 by The Delite Rancher


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5.0 out of 5 stars THANK YOU FOR THE CLAP!, March 22, 2005
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This review is from: Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
The Col. ends some shows like this. The codetalkers are one of the tightest outfits out there. This disc is a good sample of what they are doing these days. Great from start to finish. Nice mixture of styles that are unique. Hopefully they will record with Jimmy Herring who starts touring with the band in April. Catch them at SMILEFEST where the headline. Col. Bruce Hampton is a true american treasure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars They've evolved since this early release..a LOT!, February 26, 2007
This review is from: Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
Bobby Lee Rodgers wrote the majority of the original songs on this CD, and the others were either covers or Col. Bruce's craziness emboldened by Rodgers' guitar chops. All the stringed instruments you hear, as well as the organ sound (created by Rodgers with a guitar and Leslie speaker cabinet combo) which have any precision and vigor were created by Rodgers. On several tunes, you can distinguish Col. Bruce's guitar contributions as being far more indistinct than Rodgers' sound. The band was bound for a number of years by the Colonel's presence, and in the last year has broekn free of the hold that kep them from creating a sophomore studio album until 2006. This CD is worthwhile for many reasons: first, it showcases the variety of sounds that Rodgers and the other Codetalkers are capable of giving the audience; and second, it allows us to hear the true skill and fervor with which Rodgers plays any instrument he gets his hands onto. (Unfortunately, many reviewers of this CD beleived it was Hampton who was creating all the variety of stringed sounds we were hearing, but fans of Hampton with patient ears can easily pick out the handfull of solos he contributed on this record.) As others have noted, songs like Lima, Body in the Lake and Saturn offer us an entertaining and danceable glimpse into the mind of Bobby Lee Rodgers. The band's third release is due out in mid to late 2007, a testement to the fact that the band's creative juices have been flowing since being released from the tutelage of the Colonel. Buy this CD if you like feel-good music with a sense of humor. Their other CD, "Now" (which came out 4 years after this one) is a bit different with a little more up-to-date sound and heavier on the rock end of the spectrum, but with the same attention to detail we would expect from a songwriter and player of Rodgers' caliber.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty impressed, April 7, 2014
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I've heard Col. Bruce Hampton in small exposures as a Phish and "Jam Band" listener. I decided to see what this incarnation sounded like. I'm happy I didn't miss this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing!, January 1, 2013
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Okay, so maybe they do sound so much better live (I stumbled upon these guys after seeing an excellent clip of them performing "Fixin' To Die" with Col Bruce Hampton and Jimmie Herring on youtube), but this is a surprisingly good album throughout. The opening track "Body in the Lake" is just fantastic - all that makes Americana the inspiration and apple of the eye of the whole world. And the rest is also good to great, a nice mix of solid rock/country/pop songs. The Codetalkers sound original, but I'm also reminded at times of other great musicians as diverse as Jeffrey Frederick, Jackie Greene, Merrie Amsterburg, David Byrne, Timbuk3, Largo and George Bedard and the Kingpins.

Bobby Lee Rogers is the man behind these tunes with 7 of the 11 tracks being his finely crafted slightly quirky originals. Col Bruce Hampton gets featured billing but mostly gives a low key backing, contributing only two songs, although his distinct flavor/madness infects more than a few of these songs. Of the remaining songs, "Something Wrong" an uncredited bonus track could also be Hampton's, and perhaps the jewel of them all is a killer cover of Skip James' "I'm So Glad".

All in all this is a fine collection of songs from a songwriter/band that deserves a much wider audience. I just can't get enough of them, and am now on my third straight listening... and I can assure you that doesn't happen very often!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great live band - mediocre studio effort, July 3, 2006
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When jambands enter the studio, they usually create one of two albums. They either attempt to recreate their live show or they limit improvisation and showcase the songwriting. Unfortunately, "Deluxe Edition" falls into the latter category. It is unfortunate since songwriting clearly isn't the Codetalkers' greatest strength. This band puts on an amazing live show that has a balance of good songwriting and long jams. This improvisation is a core component of the Codetalkers' power. One of the most compelling aspects of this band is Bobby Lee Rodger's brilliant lead work. Rodger's banjo and guitar work sounds Charlie Hunter-esque and it is one of the most spectacular sounds that this listener's ears have ever witnessed. For some reason, this other-worldly sound is almost entirely absent on "Deluxe Edition." Furthermore, 'When the World Comes Tumblin' Down' is probably the band's best song but it wasn't included on this debut. This album has quality highlights like 'Lima' and Cream's 'I'm So Glad.' 'Rice Clients' is an entertaining novelty song. The lukewarm songwriting is helped by Col. Bruce Hampton's quirkiness. Before entering the studio again, the Codetalkers either need to improve their songwriting or import their live improvisation. See them live or download one of their shows from the Internet Archive; only the completists should invest in "Deluxe Edition."
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This band would sound great performing live, January 19, 2006
This review is from: Deluxe Edition (Audio CD)
All in all, "Deluxe Edition" is a fun CD that has some great passages in songs such as when Saturn, Lima, and Isle Of Langerhan. When the band gets down to business, they play a tight, well-meshed vibe that is great for driving or blaring through outdoor speakers at home---clearly, this band would sound great performing live.

But sometimes things go a bit awry when the chorus keeps repeating and repeating and repeating. Also, the crash and burn ending of UFO is not very pleasant, and I'm not so glad about this rather dreary remake of I'm So Glad. Grandma sounds like a bunch of similar songs.

Still, this CD has its place and its moments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Production but hope they do a live album with Jimmy Herring, September 12, 2005
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James D Kirk Jr (Culloden,, WV United States) - See all my reviews
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I love this album. The songs are catchy, the jams are good. However this group (esp. when Jimmy Herring sets in) is a force to be reckoned with live. Kind of like the Allman Brothers meet the Blues Brothers with a little Foghorn Leghorn thrown in! They are awesome!

Oh yea, thanks to my wife the bio major:

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