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Painted On

Fabulous ThunderbirdsAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 14, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tone Cool Records / Artemis Records
  • ASIN: B0009H97DA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hard Knock
2. Got To Get Out
3. Two-Time Fool
4. Love Speaks Louder than Words
5. Painted On
6. Feeling My Way Around
7. Rock Candy
8. Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line
9. Postman
10. Wild Cherry
11. You Torture Me
12. When I Am Gone

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Ever since they came roaring out of Austin, Texas, the Fabulous Thunderbirds have inspired a whole generation of music lovers and roots-rock musicians. Original co-founder Kim Wilson spearheads this quintessential American band in its current hard-hitting lineup, featuring Wilson's signature vocals and harmonica, rising stars Kirk Fletcher and Nick Curran on guitars, and veteran T-Birds Jimi Bott on drums, Ronnie James Weber on bass, and Gene Taylor on keyboards.

Produced by Los Lobos' Steve Berlin and Kim Wilson, Painted On holds a few surprises, including eight brand-new compositions, a reworked Waylon Jennings song, a pure soul ballad, and vocal duets with guitarist Nick Curran and special guest Rachel Nagy of the Detroit Cobras. The title track (and first single) is a soulful rocker with a memorable hook that has "future T-Birds classic" written all over it. The songs draw from a variety of styles and influences, but they are all built solidly around the deep and unmistakable T-Birds groove.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The T-Birds still have it goin' on. August 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Kim Wilson, once again, rolls a new model of T-Bird off the assembly line. Where does he find these guys? Of course, piano pounder Gene Taylor is the most recognizable of this new line-up of Birds, having achieved his own notiriety in the '80s with California's roots-rock heroes The Blasters. But every other player in this new line-up are as adept as Taylor in delivering the raw blues-rock punch that we have grown to expect from one of America's greatest bands of the past 25 years. Top it all off with Wilson's soulful vocals and incendiary harp and you have one great CD. The T-Birds style may not be part of America's mainstream music scene anymore, but their significance in the musical history of this country is reaffirmed and enhanced with Painted On. I am especially fond of the retro "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line". "Rock Candy" rocks in the same vein as "Rock This Place" and "Two Time Fool" is a hip shaker in the spirit of "I Believe I'm In Love". "Postman" delivers the solid blues groove that long ago established Kim Wilson as one of America's premier blues bosses. "Wild Cherry" features harp playing that would impress even the likes of James Cotton and Junior Wells. The only thing this CD lacks is a T-Birds classic like "Tuff Enough" or "Look At That Look At That". But if you love rock, blues, and soul, Painted On brings home the bacon in a way that few other bands can.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Painted On Is Right On! August 1, 2005
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I think this CD is awesome! My favorite song is Love Speaks Louder Than Words. It is a duet with Kim Wilson and Rachel Nagy and their voices blend very well. Another favorite is Wild Cherry a blues/rock number that is great. I cannot find a song on the CD that I do not like. I don't think anyone that is a fan of the Fabulous Thunderbirds will be disappointed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars their best album in years August 14, 2005
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The Fabulous Thunderbirds are back in a major way. This is by far their best album since their earlier recordings. Kim Wilson is in excellent form.

I fully recommend this album to any fan of their earlier work.

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4.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY THE RIGHT MIX January 2, 2006
By dickydo
Format:Audio CD
After Jimmy Vaughn's departure it seemed the T-Birds were quickly becoming Kim Wilson's vanity project. The cohesiveness was gone, band members coming and going from each album to the next. However there is a new stability to this once vital band. Kirk Fletcher and Nick Curran have brought the birds back to the forefront of contemporary blues on this sparkling disc. Time has done wonders to Wilson's vocals. No longer the derivitive shouter his voice, despite the great instrumental prowess is the driving force. He also keeps things at a lively pace co-producing with Steve Berlin of Blasters and Los Lobos fame. Let's hope the revolving door is closed and a new and exciting chapter in this groups rich history will be written.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Great CD. The guitar work of Nick Curran and Kirk Fletcher is sublime. This is a tour de force of American music like only the Thunderbirds can do. Wilson's duet with Rachel Nagy on track 4 and Nick Curran's lead vocals in track 11 were great surprises.

Kim Wilson never ceases to amaze me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killer June 21, 2005
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This thing Jams, been in my CD rotation since it was released.

Doesn't get any better than this.. Pick it up now.....
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