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Soul Shaker

Tommy CastroAudio CD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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“Irresistible contemporary blues-rock…street-level grit and soul” –Billboard

“Phenomenal and funky...soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar.” –The Washington Post

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 1, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • ASIN: B0006ZIH8Q
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tommy Castro is back & better than ever. Teaming up again with Blind Pig Records, the label which brought him to international prominence after the stunning success of his 1996 debut Exception to the Rule, as well as the string of spectacular releases that followed, Castro delivers his first album of original music in four years.

The title of this album tells you most of what you need to know about San Francisco blues rocker Tommy Castro. His first disc of original material in four years finds him back with the Blind Pig label and expanding his crackling R&B-drenched blues into a more rock-oriented sound. On Soul Shaker, Castro downplays the sizzling guitar that dominated his previous releases and focuses instead on songs and arrangements. The horns that pepper--and often power--tracks such as the frisky "What You Gonna Do Now?" push the soul element even further to the forefront. But it's Castro's gutsy, gritty vocals--something like a mix of Delbert McClinton and John Mellencamp--and his energetic approach that ignite these tunes.

Castro borrows Little Feat's New Orleans stomp for the swampy, slide-driven title track, shifts into Bob Seger territory on the thumping rocker "The Holdin' On," and even delivers a flute-powered song, "The Crossanova"--a lively instrumental cowritten by reed player Keith Crossan that wouldn't be out of place on an old Herbie Mann disc. "Take Me Off the Road" burns with ZZ Top hip-shakin' boogie. This may not be what established Castro fans expected, but by widening his scope and beefing up his sound the soul shaker has delivered his most satisfying and eclectic set in a decade-long career. --Hal Horowitz

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not His Best! March 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Whether you like this or not will largely depend upon what your expectations are from TC. For me, I like TC's blues music with a touch of soul, bordering on James Brown. My expectations were met with the Grammy award winning Right as Rain. But this is not it and for me the CD is merely all right. On this disc Castro leans towards the sixty's R&B music and the songs bring to mind the Temptations and the Supremes rather than Muddy Waters or John Lee Hooker. Like Jonny Lang on his latest release, Castro tries to spread out to a broader group and, in my opinion, falls a little short. Castro is best seen live and maybe in that setting can do these songs some justice. Some times it is best just to stick to the formula and fan base that got you there. Castro is a little off the path.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Shaken ... but not Stirred June 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is my third TCB disc. I got "ESSENTIAL" right before I saw him in concert and "RIGHT AS RAIN" right after seeing him in concert on the DELBERT McCLINTON Cruise (01/05). I enjoy his gritty voice and writing skill for rockin the blues. He generally puts a pretty good tune to paper and I like blues and soul. I've read CASTRO's greatest influences are guys like the Godfather of Soul -James Brown- and "Wicked" Wilson Pickett (stomp it, kick it) so it only makes sense that he would cover ground mined by those to R&B giants of yore. And you can hear their vocal mannerisms in his delivery from recording to recording.
I would agree this is not the best I've heard, but not primarily due to the song cycle. The arranagements did not always win me over and I would agree some of these tunes lean toward early eighties Bob Seger (not my favorite period in his career) and Southside johnny (a cat I dug in the late 70s and early 80's). But this is a better CD than the latest by KWS!
Having seen Tommy & his Band live, where many of these songs were replicated on stage and came across better in concert, I have to assume it was the arranagements and the production that hampers some if the music
Most of my buddies seemed to think Tommy and his guitar were more sizzle than steak, but maybe he was having an off week. "A Pretty boy" someone else said to me of him. It was still very enjoyable music and I don't doubt he can play. He is a fine performer in person, albeit, I have yet to see his magical string bending prowess in my live experiences, he is a great leader and tune smith.
I would recommend other earlier Tommy Castro CDs, such as "ESSENTIAL" as starting points for Blues Fans. He is well worth picking up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Close ... It's A Toss Up August 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Let me start by saying that I am a huge, huge Tommy Castro fan. I own everything he has produced, and while Soul Shaker has glimpses of what we all love about TC -- his gritty, soulful voice and Top-10 guitar playing, this CD falls a little short. Perhaps it's the departure from what he has previously provided us, but aside from a few tunes aforementioned in previous reviews, Soul Shaker comes across as a little less that upbeat, more studio. I understand from hearing TC on interviews, that Soul Shaker was to be a departure from previous works. In this regard, it works. I wouldn't say not to purchase this effort because my hunch is it may grow on you over time. Listen to a few tracks at your local CD store and make your own call ... it's really a toss up. In any event, TC is a winner in the blues music scene. His body of work up to this point speaks volumes about his talent, and I for one, look forward to all of his offerings for years to come.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tommy "Light" December 24, 2005
By dickydo
Format:Audio CD
Returning to the Blind Pig label fans like me hoped Tommy would be able to recapture his past glory. As always the guitar playing is crisp and concise. The voice soulful with a hint of Seger. However this is perhaps his weakest batch of songs in his illustrious career. Please see this band LIVE.... And lets hope Tommy and his collaborators can come up with better than rote "soul blues". Not terrrible mind you, check out his earlier disks on the coolest blues label of all.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On the Road.....Shakin Soul! February 7, 2005
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I just saw the TCB in Annapolis at the infamous "Rams Head" where he shared the bill with Tinsley Ellis (an amazing guitarist in his own right) and Tommy and the band kept the house a smokin' on a Wednesday night with lots of old TCB songs and some from the new Soul Shaker CD.

We east coasters don't often get to see Blues like this in one package.....some deep soul, some bluesy/jazz, some hard rock and some ballads all in that wonderful TC voice and that clean ,clear, crisp, well worn Fender guitar.

Honestly this is a solid and refreshing album of original material featuring some brilliant sax work by veteran Crossan (and Fleugelhorn by a sideman) and powerful Bass lines by a guy who must be the best in the business....Randy McDonald. His bass work is simply unparalleled.

I also have come to love it when TCB does a cover or two and an album and look forward to a "live session" album. On tour, the TCB suffers only from the absence of Jim Pugh on the Hammond B-3 to fill out the sound!

Another review equates his voice with Seger and Mellencamp and Southside Johnny.

I think they sound not nearly as good as Tommy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars My least favorite TCB CD
I have enjoyed seeing the Tommy Castro Band dozens of times in the last few years, and have many of their CDs. This one is sub-par . . .
Published 24 months ago by Donald L. Casto
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Castro Disc
Castro returns to the Blind Pig label with his first release of new material in almost 4 years. A lot of blue purists do not seem to like this record, mainly due to the fact that... Read more
Published on November 28, 2006 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars All Shook Up
Soul Shaker - It's all there. Great CD. The TCBand brings it, again. Blues with a whole lotta soul. Read more
Published on December 18, 2005 by C
5.0 out of 5 stars Castro at his best
After following TC for several years and owning his entire collection, this is a breakout CD for him. Read more
Published on August 9, 2005 by A. J. Puerini
1.0 out of 5 stars Should be Soul-less and Shake-less
This CD reminds me of the Robert Cray CD "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" where a good blues singer does an mediocre soul CD. Read more
Published on February 16, 2005 by Keith A. Sarson
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good but not the best
I did enjoy the cd but it is not his best. I found this cd a bit to over produced and sounded a bit "canned"

I am sure he is still the best live and I will just love all... Read more
Published on February 10, 2005 by Brian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUL SHAKIN' down the house in NYC
Call me spoiled, sittin' here in Gotham with 18,000+ restaurants and most the world's great venues...we expect a lot. Read more
Published on February 10, 2005 by Courtney Canfield
2.0 out of 5 stars Quite A Disappointment
With all due respect to the previous reviewer, when he stated, "If you are a Tommy Castro fan, You'll love this cd.." Im sorry to say, i Did Not like this cd at all... Read more
Published on February 5, 2005 by Tim From Cincinnati
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