Raising the Roof! (Remastered)

May 1, 2012 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: May 1, 2012
  • Label: Powerhouse Records
  • Copyright: 2012 Powerhouse Records
  • Total Length: 53:50
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  • ASIN: B007MXO0SG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,153 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Denis on March 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
=== The New Remastered and Remixed 2012 Edition ===

"Raising the Roof!" is a gem of a find that really sticks with you for a long time. This is the first album by Tom Principato I've ever owned (I just had to buy this album after first seeing Tom Principato live in concert), and now that Mr. Principato is re-releasing this album in the new remastered and re-mixed format, it truly gets the sonic treatment that it deserves.

Before I get to the album itself, I'd like to comment on this RE-MASTERED and REMIXED 2012 edition. Tom Principato worked with Bob Dawson of Bias Studios to improve the original release, and the result is a dramatic improvement in sound quality over the original. This edition benefits from a wide and well-balanced sound stage that is considerably clearer, warmer, and much livelier than the original. Also, a new track has been added to this release: Tom Principato's live performance of "Don't Wanna Do It" (from his "Part of Me" CD) recorded at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland in 2011.

One of the real strengths of "Raising the Roof!" is the originality of style and compositions, and what a delightful blend of styles. If you asked me which style this album is, I'd have to say it's roots music, or, maybe more appropriately, roots stew: the songs contain elements of blues, rock, funk, soul, New Orleans stylings, and even reggae. Tom Principato's own compositions on this album are infused with his own worldview and contain his original trademark stylings, but his compositions are also very well informed of some of the best and most organic music out there.

Tom Principato's guitar solos are blistering and yet always melodic and expressive throughout the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tom Rhiger on February 26, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This collection of songs contains some great jams by a really good group of musicians. I enjoy it from beginning to end! It kind of sounds like Santana jammin' with the Allman Brothers at times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By imbel on September 29, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This cd has not left my player since the day I got it. This is a blues guitar album with top flite players at the peak of their form. Every note is perfect...something so rare today real people playing real music. If you loved Stevie Ray, If Jimmy started wolves howling in the back of your head....If everyday you wonder what The allman brothers would sound like with both brothers..this is one for you.
If you dislike the sound of a one-celled hammond-organism (Sorry Frank) there is allot of it on this CD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom on October 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Principato has long been known as a fine guitar player, but here production and vocals take him to a new level.There's plenty of the stuff you expect from Principato, including funky New Orleans-style rock like "Lock and Key," with horns, organ and precise chording; Fender heaven on the solos. The good news is, with releases like this one, Tom's bringing new and varied music to that realm. -John Heidt Vintage Guitar Magazine

...Principato is sure talented enough and he's been leaving mouths agape with his classy yet searing guitar pyrotechnics over the United States and Europe for the better part of four decades. A solid new album, appropriately titled "Raising The Roof!", might help spread the word, but he's most at home when peeling the paint from Blind Willie's walls with his slashing solos. Hal Horowitz-Atlanta Creative Loafing

Tom Principato is one of a few naturally gifted guitarists who just plain know how to sing via the instrument - Beck, Clapton, Hendrix, Santana, and Vaughn are others who quickly come to mind. And a little ways into this disc, you know why he named it Raising the Roof. If your tastes turn to masterful R&B with strong jazz, funk, and New Orleans accents, don't let Raising the Roof pass you by. David J. Cantor Soundstage

All hail the blue Wammy king. And king he is, as Washington D.C.'s longstanding blues fixture. Tom Principato has garnered a truckload of those local WAMA awards in recognition of excellence for everything from "Best Instrumentalist" and "Best Blues Vocalist" to "Best Blues Album" and "Best Blues Group". To date, it's a dynasty built on 22 so-called Wammies--but there's always room for more on the mantle. So all you Capital area bands, beware--consider Raising The Roof! as a current nomination package.
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