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G.Love & Special Sauce

U.D.O., G. Love & Special Sauce, D.A.D.Audio CD
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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 (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Un-guilty pleasure 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern day blues... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best G-Love Album Ever October 4, 2004
By Kaotic1
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
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you Erika Lucas 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Special Sauce vs. Blues Explosion January 22, 2000
By Brian
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Baby's Got Sauce January 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Hey, G. Love & Special Sauce has been my favorite band since the day I was introduced to them back in 1994. I was hooked when I heard "Baby's Got Sauce". They mix hip-hop, rock and blues into a great original flavor that now many musical artists are trying to immitate. There are so many great songs on the CD and you'll be drawn in. I heard this album first, and then the others when they came out. So, I recommend starting with this one. I think that you'll love the style of these Philly boys. Put this baby in your collection, dig? Peace & One Love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars This album.
I thought I'd like this CD as much as my other G Love albums; but it's not what I expected. I know I'm probably not the ultimate fan or whatever, but I've seen the band in concert... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old School Fresh
This album is as fresh as when it first came out! The vibe is so laid back, blusey, yet fresh and tasty! Hip hop blues!
Published 6 months ago by Christine Storms
4.0 out of 5 stars good
this is a great album for G. Love. it's got all the old flavor that I love. He is a really nice guy too. I got to meet him over the summer time at the 311 show in KC,MO
Published 8 months ago by urgegirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!
I'm a big G Love fan so I was happy to find this CD at a great price. It was exactly as advertised with fast shipping.
Published 12 months ago by juanita l. bonner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I love this CD. This is actually the second one I bought because a college friend of mine never gave it back and I haven't seen her in years!
Published 15 months ago by Joni Lanier
5.0 out of 5 stars G love
Well if you are familiar with then you should know all of these songs! he's a great artist with a funky jazzy blues style! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!
Published 15 months ago by LanceBender
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect vinyl
The vinyl sounds amazing, and the music is of course great. Playing this on a turntable really makes it seems like he's right there playing in front of you. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Bliss
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music, fun to listen to, from the beginning to end
I saw G. Love open for another band and fell hard. This album is one of those gems that has one great track after another.
Published 18 months ago by Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars for my mother
my mom has been wanting a set of these dics again because she used to have them all and lost them so i am glad i could just come to one place and order it!
Published 20 months ago by samantha pierce
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Unique funky blues recorded in a garage. I had this album years ago and lost it when a friend moved. So glad to finally have it again.
Published 23 months ago by C. T. Kofford
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