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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029IS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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G.Love And Special Sauce ~ G.Love & Special Sauce

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With Beck's unexpected commercial breakthrough, everyone's suddenly interested in a new kind of music best described as "slacker-rap." Although it uses the sing-song cadences of hip-hop, it's the polar opposite of gangsta rap; in both its laid-back delivery and self-deprecating lyrics, slacker-rap acknowledges vulnerability and failure. It was done first and best by Washington's Basehead, but it gets an invigorating twist on "G. Love and Special Sauce," the eponymous debut album from this Philadelphia trio.

G. Love not only looks like Michael Stipe, but he has the same mealy-mouthed vocal delivery. If Stipe ever decided to record his first rap album with an unplugged blues trio, it'd probably sound a lot like "G. Love and Special Sauce." Recorded live with no drum machines, samples or overdubs, the album creates a fresh, distinctive sound with its odd blend of lazy rapping and funky acoustic blues. Unfortunately, G. Love's absurdist observations on life aren't as funny as those by John S. Hall of King Missle, and the laid-back minimalism of the music wears thin after a while. Only "Baby's Got Sauce," which boasts a pop hook and a valentine to a domineering woman, holds up on repeated listens. --Geoffrey Himes

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This is one great album, good from start to finish.
Pete
This Cd will get me in a good mood when I am down, and keep me there when I am feelin oh' so right like no other can.
JordanBesek
They mix hip-hop, rock and blues into a great original flavor that now many musical artists are trying to immitate.
"jahsh_concurz"

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James Burke on July 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is great in a Zen sense: It just IS great. Inspired by, derived from, because of, in spite of -- no matter. No matter how G.Love and pals got to the point the did, they did, and the results are magic.
I say this because G. Love, from a sarcastic critic's eye, is a billboard-sized target. His affected bluesman scat borders on parody, and his wirey delta chops were more likely absorbed through 70 watts of Volvo wagon stereo than a Mississippi roadhouse -- white boys singing the blues are always suspect, and usually with good cause.
But once in a blue moon, one of our suburban brethren pops out a keeper. And man, this IS a keeper. Six years and, I don't know, 200 plays later, this disc is still as fresh and smooth as a peach. There is simply nothing else that sounds like this, it just clicked, this is THE sound. It swings, it rocks, it grooves, it flows, it chops, it dices -- it works.
Somewhere down the line, someone will call you out on this disc, accuse it of being a fraud, and point you instead to some "real" blues in the form a scratchy 78 vinyl 1923 pressing of Old Man Blind Whisky Slim Johnson. Have none of this. Enjoy this disc, enjoy it often, and it enjoy it guilt-free.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Blackberries on July 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
G. Love (Garret Dutton) and his band, Special Sauce are a somewhat underrated band from Philly that are emblematic (in the best way possible) of the rare musical amalgamation of folk, blues and hip-hop. G's delightful talent is displayed here on his first cd in a very mellow, summery manner. The singles Cold Beverage (for a brief extant it played on a Coors commercial) and Baby's Got Sauce received moderate success, but really, every song on the album is fun and unique, all capable of being singles. My favorite track is probably This Ain't Living, but I really like every song on the cd. If you're in the mood for some upbeat, relaxed tunes, this is a great buy. It will really please you, and it's one of those cds you can listen to countless times without getting tired of it. G sums things up pretty well on the final song as he croons so simply and sweetly, "I know it sounds old, but I love you."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Bowman on November 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
What I like most about G. Love is that he was one of the few artists in the mid 1990's who had the guts to put out an album that was so faithful to the blues yet created something new by fusing it with a hip hop attitude and delivery. I have always felt that some of the elements of rap were present in popular music as far back as the lyrics of Chuck Berry, but G. Love took the setting of bluesmen like Son House and combined it with rap, ultimately creating a new genre. I read an article where he stated he only played the oldest Dobros he could find to give the music an authentic feel, and it definitely worked. He also displayed a knowledge of blues history and manages to name many of the key players in blues history from 1920-1970 in a verse of "Blues Music". I can listen to this disc all the way through without skipping anything; the grooves they laid down are infectious. This CD always makes me feel like I'm on the back porch in the summertime. If you like that feeling, this one is for you.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kaotic1 on October 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Hard to top this one. I have been listening to G for nearly a decade now ever since a friend turned me onto them in 95. How dare the Amazon reviewer Geoffrey Himes even compare G-Love to REM or Michael Stipe. There is no connection, and G-Love & Special Sauce has their own very groovy mellow "making you feel good" groove. It is hard to beat. Whether cruising on a road trip, kickin back with family & friends on lazy summer night or out on a date & trying to set the mood, this album feels good and enhances the positve vibe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JordanBesek on January 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Raw, gritty, honest, and beautifuly simple, this CD excemplifies everythng wonderful in life. With only his harmonica, a guitar, a stand up bass and a blues drummer, G Love is perfection in imperfection. This Cd will get me in a good mood when I am down, and keep me there when I am feelin oh' so right like no other can.

So I have to thank Erika Lucas, for introducing G Love into my life. This Cd was the catylist for my musical wonderings. Listening to this led to Jack Johnson, Ben harper, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Coldplay, Ben Folds, Moby, miles davis and David Gray. And unlike what the reviewer states above, the album will hold up untill Cd's are out of style and the new form of experiencing music comes around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian on January 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
G-love and Special Sauce's style of Blues/Hip-hop/funk is very reminiscent of the genre's trailblazer, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. With beats that your foot can't help but tap to and witty, tounge-in-cheek lyrics about Sex and Life in the big city, Special Sauce owes as much to Mr. Spencer as they do McDonalds. With all comparison's aside, though, this CD accomplishes exactly what it was made to. Its a CD that you can turn on and let play from track 1-14 without skipping a track. hooray.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher C. Ryan on May 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you are an Accept or UDO fan this CD will not dissapoint. Great production, classic euro-metal songs. Great guitar solos (though we all miss Wolf!!) You can't play this without banging your head. "The Wrong Side Of Midnight" sounds like it was lifted off Russian Roulette. The rest of the CD is just in your face metal the way it should be.

Dear God,

PLEASE let music like this regain popularity in the States. UDO needs to be the opening act on the next Priest Tour!!!!!
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