Evening

October 18, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Label: Severn Records Inc.
  • Copyright: 2011 Severn Records Inc.
  • Total Length: 57:55
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  • ASIN: B006OCZKXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,693 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Sugar Ray has a great command over the harp.
Bman's Blues Report
On You Know My Love, as well as the rest of the CD, there is outstanding ensemble work with the musicians serving the song instead of their ego.
blue barry
AND the same band that plays on this record are the exact same guys that you will hear in concert.
Psycheguy

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carraher on October 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
What's a Connecticut Yankee to do when your father's a voice teacher and your mothers a jazz singer? Well, you become a monster with a blues harp, and one of the baddest blues singers on the planet of course!

From a high school blues band caller Linseed Sam and the Oilers to seven fruitful years fronting Roomful of Blues, with stops in between sharing stages with the likes of Pinetop Perkins, Ronnie Earl, Otis Grand, Big Walter Horton, Ann Peebles, Duke Robillard and Sax Gordon. And side trips for Grammy nominations with harp legends James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite and Bill Branch - Superharps, "Best Traditional Blues" 1999. Sugar Ray Norcia is now back with his band, The Bluetones and still touring the world.

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones - Evening brings the band back into the studio, "Monster" Mike Welch - Guitar, Neil Gouvin - drums, the killer bassist Michael "Mudcat" Ward and Anthony Geraci on piano, led by Sugar Ray of course, have cut an album in the old fashioned way. It has a live feel and it's obvious that the band is so comfortable together that most cuts were done with no charts, and in one take.

What an album it is, consisting of mostly originals but stopping to visit some old favorites. Opening the set is a great cover of Johnny Young's I'm having A Ball. The Willie Dixon tune, made famous by Otis Rush, You Know My Love is a favorite in concerts. And the blues ballad treatment of the title track, Evening by the great Song Writer Hall Of Fame duo of Mitchell Parish and Harry White may just be the highlight of the album, Rays voice is a slow grinding caress, and `Monster' Mike plays some guitar for the ages on this soulful tune, but... it's the great original blues tunes that keep drawing the crowds in Europe and America whenever Sugar Ray shows up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Psycheguy on March 4, 2013
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This review ( and this CD ) are both long overdue. The last release from these guys was 2007, with many special guests and a lot of horns, etc. This is the 5th release on Severn records for the group, and it is much different than the last one. I was able to pick up a copy at a CD release party back in late 2011, and since then have pretty much worn the disc out from playing it that much...

For the last 2 - 3 years 'Monster' Mike Welch has become a regular member of the band, as did Anthony Geraci. It goes without saying that both are a very welcome addition, and both are quite accomplished in their own right. They round out the band in a way that makes it as solid as it has ever been, in my humble opinion.

As best as I can tell, there are 7 original tunes from Sugar Ray, 1 from Mike Welch and 1 from Mudcat Ward - with 3 very superb covers.

The emphasis on this CD is more on Ray playing the harp - if you're looking for horns, this is not your CD. On the other hand, if you're seeking a Chicago blues feel from a very well-balanced group of musicians, this is about as good as you will get...these 5 guys play with an uncanny chemistry - they're even better live. AND the same band that plays on this record are the exact same guys that you will hear in concert.

I love Ray's tongue and cheek, 'Too Many Rules and Regulations' which he recites more than sings. I especially enjoyed Ray playing the Native American flute on 'Dancing Bear' ( Little Indian Boy ) which turns into a rocker of sorts. 'Dear John' is another personal favorite, with the harmony between Ray and Mike terrific. There is no true 'theme' here - just pure blues played as solidly as you will hear them performed. The CD was nominated for 5 Blues awards - deservedly so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bman's Blues Report on December 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
It's really good. I really should say I got it last week and have been listening to it for a few days. Sugar Ray has a great command over the harp. This band is really tight and listening to it all day is a pleasure. Oh, and Monster Mike Welch covers the guitars like you would expect from a seasoned pro!
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