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Lochloosa Enhanced

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Florida's Mofro returns with the successor to their critically acclaimed debut, "Blackwater". Their "front porch soul" sound is again represented here, with grooves and anthems that delve deep into the backwoods psyche of songwriter JJ Grey. The music weaves in and out of this piney woods world of undulating joy and sorrow with a rare warmth and sincerity. "Lochloosa", a place in Florida unknown by most Floridians, sings of places you may never visit and people you may never know, but JJ's voice delivers it like a postcard from your best friend.

Originally released in July 2004.

This is an ENHANCED CD: In addition to more than an hour of boombox-optimized barbeque soul, this CD can also be placed in the CD-ROM drive of most computers for a multimedia experience that includes a video of a performance of "Lochloosa" from San Francisco and a bonus audio track entitled "Pray For Rain"

It's got soul, and it's superbad!

1. Y'all Ready
2. That Boy
3. Lochloosa
4. Dirtfloorcracker
5. Fireflies
6. Ten Thousand Islands
7. Six Ways From Sunday
8. The Wrong Side
9. Everybody's
10. Gal Youngin
11. How Junior Got His Head Put Out
12. The Long Way Home
13. Pray For Rain

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 23, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B000V6BDS6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Knapp on December 4, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Mofro's finally got a new record (a number of unfortunate car crashes on tour played a big part in the wait), and it's a winner! LOCHLOOSA is more focused than Blackwater, but the essentials are still there--J.J.'s soaring, soulful vocals, the funky grooves, the heart in the song, and the sentimental attachment to Florida that first made the band's music so accessible. This record is a bit more bluesy than its predecessor--the acoustic slide guitar is more prevalent (as well as J.J. on harmonica), and the bass isn't quite as thumpy. Also gone is the otherworldly sound of songs like "Blackwater," but what we're left with is a truly organic, soulful sound that you might expect to hear on somebody's porch in swamps of Florida. Some highlights are "Lochloosa," similar to "Florida" from BLACKWATER, "Dirtfloorcracker," which gets down to dirty, funky business, the soaring "Fireflies," the punchy "Six Ways from Sunday," the hot harp riff in "How Junior..." and "Pray For Rain," an excellent acoustic song reminiscent of Dylan's "Ballad of Hollis Brown," in its aching human pain. Overall, LOCHLOOSA is more cohesive and has much fewer throwaway, jokier tracks, but still utilizes that trademark Mofro funky soul groove. Check it out especially if you're a fan of the Meters, Galactic, funky jam bands...but really, I'd recommend it to pretty much anybody who likes music with heart. Check it out!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H. Ringland on September 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The first time I ever heard Mofro, I was travelling through the Pacific Northwest. One night, a friend from Florida came to visit, pumped about a debut cd by a band from his hometown. That cd was Blackwater and that band was Mofro. I was instantly hooked on their sound - listening to JJ sing was like hanging out with your mates for a bbq and someone picking up a guitar, his voice is that soulful. When I found out that Lochloosa was going to be released, I pre-ordered it after almost wearing Blackwater out. I am not disappointed! With it's punchy bass and awesome melodic sound, Mofro is making a permanent place for themselves on a universal music scene. In a time when synthesised electronic sounds are the norm, there's nothing as refreshing as playing Lochloosa loud and feeling the same way you do at a live music show. I haven't been to Florida (yet) and I'll probably never know any of the people or places that Mofro sing about - but hearing the heart that this band backs their music up with, makes me feel like I'd be welcome to walk up their front porch any day for a cold beer. I'd be surprised if there was another Mofro fan in Australia - whenever I put on their cd in a crowd, I'm always asked who they are. I have to say that finding their music abroad and then bringing it home with me only makes every time I listen to either of their cd's even more awesome. Go on, take the plunge - invest your money in real music made with real instruments - you won't be disappointed either!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Riggins on October 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've always been a fan of great soul singers like Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, and James Brown. On Lochloosa, Mofro does these legends proud. The first time I listened to this CD my subwoofer shook the floor and I couldn't help but dance around the room like a fool. I've played the disc many, many times since and it just gets better with every listen. Unfortunately, my dance moves still suck. This is authentic southern music performed by genuine live musicians making the best soul recording since "Blackwater." I highly recommend both of these extraordinary CDs.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Argus Hamilton on January 5, 2007
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Mofro is one of the most entertaining bands in the nation. The soul, energy, and thought-provocking lyrics that come from J.J. Grey and company are simply like nothing I've ever heard. Do yourself a favor and go to their website, find a date at a venue near you, and go.

Lochloosa is Mofro's follow-up CD to Blackwater. It features a diverse array of material - no song sounds anything like another. I particularly like "Everybodys", "Pray for Rain" - hidden track,"dirt floor cracka", and of course "Lochloosa".

What can I compare the sound to? Nothing. This is swamp funk. It's got soul, it's got funk, and it's fried up in batter to taste good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William F. Leffert on March 26, 2010
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Don't get me wrong, I love Orange Blossoms and Country Ghetto, but they just don't quite grab you the way this album does, considering they have a more "produced/polished" sound (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I'll get into that in a bit).

Sound wise, this has a great acoustic feel, with lots of headroom in the instrumentation. The slide guitar parts are well presented and performed (I'm a slide guitarist myself). Overall, it carries a much slower pace (in my mind) relative to newer releases, which is more congruent with Southern culture in general.

The recording feels a lot more honest in my opinion, carrying with it a feeling of live performance with minimal work done in post. While I myself have a solid background (16 or so years as of writing this) as a performing musician, and can appreciate rhythmic and overall perfection in a performance, there is such a thing as "too perfect". Too much time shifting, retakes and splices can seriously affect a recording to the point of causing it to lose the beauty of the performance. This album does not have that problem, in my opinion.
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