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"Here’s a guy who is a founding member of one of the biggest rock and roll bands in the world. That would be enough for most folks, right? But Benmont might just be the most restless, searching musician I know. It's like his life has been an immersion program in music. At their invitation, he's been in the room with legends from every generation, playing his ass off, ... Read more in Amazon's Benmont Tench Store

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  • Audio CD (February 18, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note (Universal)
  • ASIN: B00H5D533O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,813 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Produced by legendary producer Glyn Johns, YOU SHOULD BE SO LUCKY was recorded to tape at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles and features Tench handling lead vocals, piano and organs, joined by a team of collaborators including a core band of Don Was, Ethan Johns, Blake Mills and Jeremy Stacey with contributions by Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Tom Petty and Ringo Starr. The album is a dynamic and distinguished set of songs written almost entirely by Tench over the course of his thirty-seven year career not only as a keyboardist and founding member of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, but as a first call musician for artists from Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan to The Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello; from the Jayhawks and Ryan Adams to Fiona Apple and John Prine. The only non-originals are covers of the traditional CORRINA, CORRINA; and the Bob Dylan track DUQUESNE WHISTLE from 2012's TEMPEST.

Tench had always intended on making his own album, but the project gained momentum when Glyn Johns heard Tench's demos and encouraged him to begin recording. Says Tench about Johns: Glyn is one of the greatest producers & engineers in the story or rock & roll. Hell, he was present at the creation. He has excellent taste, and he brooks no nonsense. He tells you exactly what he thinks, and he backs it up. I love him to death.

With Johns on board to produce, Tench was thrilled when many of the musicians he most admires, many of which also happened to be friends, jumped at the chance to participate in the sessions. Don Was, who besides playing on the album, signed the artist as the President of Blue Note Records, describes the artist thusly: Benmont is the most enigmatic, mystical and delightful musician I know. He never plays the same notes twice yet he notes he plays are always perfect and loaded with soul. His artistry is utterly uncategorizable...musicians from all walks of life hold him in the highest esteem and love to play with him. His presence on a session or stage elevates everyone's performance to new heights.

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I would have liked a little more emotion in his voice on some songs.
Steven R. Elliott
Benmont's musical virtuosity brings out the best in musicians he performs with, whether live or in the studio.
Sandman
It's just a really fine album of music that I have been listening to over and over again.
Dith Hunt

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Elliott on February 19, 2014
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I've long been a big fan of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and a lot of their sound is shaped by Tench's keyboard playing. For that reason it was a no-brainer to check this album out. The songs generally feel pretty folky, and there isn't anything very raucous to be found. There is a melancholy mood throughout the record. There are also a couple of jazzier numbers, one being the laid-back instrumental Ecor Rouge which I particularly enjoyed. Mr. Tench is an excellent keyboard player and not a singer, and that shows on this album, but he does stay within his limitations. His voice is somewhat scratchy and a little rough around the edges, but it works for most of this material. I would have liked a little more emotion in his voice on some songs. For me the highlights are "Today I Took Your Picture Down", "Blonde Girl Blue Dress", "You Should Be So Lucky", and "Why Don't You Quit Leavin' Me Alone".

Overall this is a very good album from an underrated musician. If you like Jackson Browne, later Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bob Dylan, or Ryan Adams you will probably like this album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Wells on February 22, 2014
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Benmont Tench could be considered one of the finest musicians that has graced the popular music scene since the 1970's. Despite the fact that his distinct style of piano and keyboard playing can be heard on numerous albums by artists such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (obviously), and U2 just to name a few, he has somehow never released a solo album until now.
This album is a great collection songs, from the self-penned "Today I Took Your Picture Down" to his cover of Bob Dylan's "Duquesne Whistle" this is a nice relaxing album of great music. The standout tracks, in my opinion, are "Today I Took Your Picture Down", "Veronica Said", "Ecor Rouge", "Blonde Girl, Blue Dress", "You Should Be So Lucky", "Why Don't You Quite Leavin Me Alone", and "Duquesne Whistle". Most of the tracks on this album are Benmont Tench originals and I quite honestly was somewhat surprised at the strength of this songwriting. Granted, I knew he had amazing musical talents, but the lyrics are what impressed me. The lyrics on "Veronica Said" remind me a lot of Bob Dylan, not so much in the content but in the way the lyrics flow. The one drawback of this album, as noted by other reviewers, is Benmont Tench's singing voice. I personally don't mind his voice all that much as I feel that it fits the style of music pretty well, but to each his own.
What I've gathered about this album from the other reviewers is that you either love this album or you don't like it much at all. I think it's pretty obvious what camp I'm in. If you like other music that Benmont Tench has worked on, give this album a spin and see if it's for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Ajango on February 24, 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised by this album. I bought it because I've been listening to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for years, seen them in concert seven times, and I am always impressed by Benmont's playing. I had never heard his singing voice alone though, so it was a slight gamble, but one that paid off, I think. There are some catchy tunes on this album, a few that definitely have the TP and the HB sound to them, which made me happy, but enough other songs that showcase his originality, and have a great folksy or blue-sy vibe to them. I also actually love Benmont's voice.. kinda husky, soft, and rough around the edges. His playing is also amazing on the album, and I thought the collaborations with the other artists worked really well. I think overall, this album is a really solid effort and definitely worth the $10. It's nice seeing some other members of the band get singled out for some attention. He is also the music guest on Jimmy Kimmel tomorrow, 2/25, so it will be cool to hear him play a song from the album live.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Leopold Stotch on February 24, 2014
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I'm always intrigued when someone previously known as a sessionman or hired gun releases a project under his or her own name. You get a rare glimpse into their own music, and a sampling of just what it is they bring to other peoples'. Benmont has to be among the most-recorded keyboard men out there, appearing on hundreds of records in addition to his longstanding membership in the ever-reliable Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. He's also served as an effective co-writer and collaborator.

For his first record under his own name, Tench and producer Glyn Johns do a lot of things right. They record with a small band of accomplished confederates, tracking it all to tape over a short period. No drawn-out, all-star supersession nonsense. Just a punchy sounding core band, laying it down in uncluttered, elegant arrangements.

Tench's vocals, largely unheard until now, are well up to task of communicating his direct, efficient tunes. He sounds like a slightly less raspy Steve Forbert, melodic with an undercurrent of grit that's very appealing. As a songwriter, he excels at both Petty-esque pop ("Veronica Said," "Blonde Girl, Blue Dress") and more languid jazzy things like the instrumental "Ecor Rouge" or the pleading "Why Don't You Quit Leavin' Me Alone"...

The playing here is generally top notch. Don Was's bass playing is always sublime, whether on acoustic or electric: equally grooving and melodic. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings also kick in some awesome acoustic guitar work. And Ringo Starr's cameo on tambourine is so well executed that it actually elevates "Blonde Girl, Blue Dress" considerably, emphasizing the inherent swing of the cut...
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