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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
Whether you like this or not will largely depend upon what your expectations are from TC.
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 these songs after I see him in concert.
The album closer "Big Love" is another cool song with Tommy playing some funky guitar that closes with a killer solo.
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 on October 22, 2012 by Donald L. Casto
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 morePublished on November 28, 2006 by Steven Sly
Soul Shaker - It's all there. Great CD. The TCBand brings it, again. Blues with a whole lotta soul. Read morePublished on December 18, 2005 by C
After following TC for several years and owning his entire collection, this is a breakout CD for him. Read morePublished on August 9, 2005 by A. J. Puerini
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 morePublished on February 16, 2005 by Keith A. Sarson
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
Call me spoiled, sittin' here in Gotham with 18,000+ restaurants and most the world's great venues...we expect a lot. Read morePublished on February 10, 2005 by Courtney Canfield