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West County Drifter

Eric Lindell Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
listen  1. Sentimental Lover (Feat. Delber Mc Linton) 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Cazadero 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Find Another Girl 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Bow Wow 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Iain't Supposed To 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 24 Mile Bridge 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Head High And Peelin 3:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Too Far Gone 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. West County Drifter 3:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Circle Bar Boogaloo 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Lucky Lucky (Feat. Ivan Neville) 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Try To Understand 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. True Blue Love 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. It's So Hard To Believe 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Bodega 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Matrimony 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. That's Why I'm Crying 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Don't Fret 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 30, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: M.C. Records
  • ASIN: B0058U80BI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,305 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Eric Lindell has been marketed as a blues act, which is fair enough, and that s undoubtedly what Alligator Records figured Lindell was when the label released his first three albums between 2006 and 2009. But Lindell isn t your typical blues guitar ace, and the blues is really only one element of his approach to writing and playing. Possessing a sweet, versatile, and extremely soulful vocal style, Lindell is really closer to someone like Bobby Womack than he is to Buddy Guy or any other modern or contemporary blues-based guitarist who comes to mind, and he sure isn't trying to be Stevie Ray Vaughan. Yeah, he can play the guitar, and yeah, sometimes it s the blues he s playing, but just as often it s full-tilt R&B and soul, complete with horn charts, and this is where Lindell's vocals come into play, because he s a fine singer with a natural feel for phrasing and his singing is joyful, energetic, and full of a wonderful warmth. After leaving Alligator, he put out a couple of albums to sell at gigs, 2010 Cazadero and 2011 s Between Motion and Rest, both of which are combined on this two-disc release from M.C. Records. The two albums fit together seamlessly, and together, they make for Lindells most accessible and striking release yet, with nary a slack track and several that seriously deserve to be heard by a wide audience. Forget the guitar -- this guy can sing. From the first track on the first disc, the wonderful and rollicking Sentimental Love, to the last track on the second disc, the equally wonderful Don t Fret, Lindell delivers a blues-inflected brand of pop-soul that never lets down, including a pair of Curtis Mayfield covers, Find Another Girl and It s So Hard to Believe, and first-class sides like That s Why I m Crying, complete with a delightfully woozy horn section, and the infectious train-shuffle boogie of West Country Drifter, to touch on just some of the high points of this 18-track set. Sure, there is some great guitar work here, but it is Lindells singing that really stands out. He just has that certain something in his voice. It s called soul. --AMG - All Music Guide

Lindell treats each new release, and each song on those releases, as unique, organically-formed creatures. Full of nuance and rich with emotion, his oeuvre is, in a word (or three...), the real deal. --Blurt

The latest from Eric Lindell is another fine collection of tunes that rummages through Lindell's footlocker full of roots styles and grooves (much more interesting, I might add, than sticking to a blues format).

The opener Sentimental Lover mines a rolling train beat and establishes his template for interesting instrumentation -- Rick Ellman on clarinet and Delbert McClinton on harp -- but more importantly, it sets the tone for the entire two discs (not sure what's up with that): a noticeably comfortable and easy-going feel that's a pleasure to listen to.

Cazedro is an easy rock 'n' soul groove reminiscent of the Subdudes while Lindell's slide guitar gives an Allmanesque feel toI Ain't Supposed to.

Lindell's voice also has a bit of the quality of former Thin Lizzy bassist Phil Lynot -- a plus in my book Head High and Peelin mixes New Orleans and reggae and Circle Bar Boogaloo offers up another groove-y shuffle.

In addition to the fact that the entire set is a good listen and, surprisingly, there's no dogs in the pack, it's a pleasure to hear a player who doesn't feel the need to constantly remind you how much or how fast he can play -- everything is in the context of the song. --Charleston Gazette

Product Description

Eric Lindell's West County Drifter marks the first release by the roots rocker for M.C. Records and his first national release in over two years. Special guests include Delbert McClinton and Ivan Neville.

West County Drifter is chock full of all the elements that has made Eric a Roots Music star since his 2006 Alligator Records debut: great original songs, soulful guitar playing, right on singing and a tough and tight band. Sessions for this generous 18 track double disc set were recorded where Eric was born and raised in Northern California and his adopted hometown of New Orleans. West County Drifter is a mostly original affair with choice covers. Included are two by Curtis Mayfield, Find Another Girl and It s So Hard To Believe.

West County Drifter will confirm what The Chicago Sun-Times wrote about Eric, a tremendous talent with a poet's soul, Lindell writes from the heart with a fully realized musical vision. All songs on the release were produced by Eric Lindell.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, but it's not actually new September 25, 2011
By Jim
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This is a terrific set of Eric's trademark soulful rock, but I was surprised when I popped the CDs in my disk drive and realized that they are not new. Instead, this is a re-packaging of the "Cazadero" and "Between Motion and Rest" CDs. Buy this if you don't already have them. But if you already have them, then don't make the same mistake I did by buying the same music twice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music September 5, 2011
By Lanier
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This music reminds me of sticky fingers which of course is the Rolling Stones' best album ever. I think it easy to get into it and there are a wide variety of instruments at this band's disposal. He has a great voice as well. Not sure what the other guy was thinking when he gave this one star. It has everything you need. Quintessential Eclectic Blues is what I would describe this as.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I've followed Eric for about 5 years since I first discovered him at Jazzfest 5 years ago in NOLA. I have all of his cd's and they never get old. This new one is outstanding and if you get the chance to see him live that's the real treat. Keep it up Eric and the band- we love this stuff and want to see more of you! Val ( Alexandria, VA near DC)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful November 14, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Beautiful album. Puts me in a good mood whenever I listen to it. Would highly recommend, especially if you already like Eric Lindell.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing!!!! September 1, 2011
By oldbob
Format:Audio CD
I discovered Eric and became a big fan the last 6 months. Did buy the Gulf Coast Highway CD and think it is great. Just loved the different sounds!!! Was in NOLA and went to the New CD release party and was only able to stay the first hour and thought the band and Eric was fantastic. Bought the West County Drifter CD and after listening to it thought it was a completely different person singing. Very disappointing!! Please get rid of the organ and other horns in the background and use that great band at the party from now on. If this CD is the new direction he is going, it is not for me.
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