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Live & Kickin
Live & Kickin
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5.0 out of 5 stars Savoy Brown Live and Rockin', February 18, 2015
This review is from: Live & Kickin (Audio CD)
The "Gentleman" who introduces this band as The Kings of British Boogie just might know his stuff. Clapton may be a god, Humble Pie may be smokin', but Savoy Brown and the ageless Kim Simmonds not so quietly continue to push the British interpretation of American Blues into the bland and boring techno-future. I've heard a number of Savoy Browns over the years and to be honest, this version does some serious aural damage. (that's a good thing) The lead track "Heartbreaks Make You Strong" nicely sets the pace for the rest of the show with it's driving beat and lyrics about lost love and hope of redemption. Throughout this performance the band alternates between Blues rockers and even more Bluesy rockers.(another good thing) I normally don't have any interest in medleys, BUT....this album offers up the exception. They call it "The Greatest Hits Medley" and it serves up "I'm Tired", "Hard Way To Go", "Louisiana Blues", "Street Corner Talkin'" and a full blown "Hellbound Train" followed by a hot Blues jam. The whole wonderful ordeal blends seamlessly and lasts about 20 glorious minutes. Dave Walker belts out "I Can't Get Next To You", "All I Can Do Is Cry", "Wang Dang Doodle" and every other song on this disc in a voice that should be familiar to fans of Savoy Brown's early 70's work. The sound is excellent and you can actually hear the drums and cymbals clearly. (yet another good thing) I admit that I had my doubts about a latter day Savoy Brown when I bought this CD. Instead of disappointing me, this live recording prompted me to take in a 2011 show that left me sold on Kim Simmonds' ability to assemble a band that matches his own musical prowess. Give this one a few listens and you might not take it out of your CD player for a while.


Kingfish
Kingfish
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5.0 out of 5 stars A COMPLETE ALBUM. SOLID FROM START TO FINISH., January 20, 2015
This review is from: Kingfish (Audio CD)
At a time when I thought I had the Dead's catalog covered, a friend told me of this Weir side project. He made a point of the fact that Jerry wasn't on it and that Bobby was a less significant member of the Grateful Dead, so I might not like it. I bought it anyway and it only took one spin to fall in love with Kingfish. I was instantly taken with "Lazy Lightnin' and "Home To Dixie", both sung by Weir and both suitable material for any '70s Dead album. What surprised me was the quality of the rest of the tracks and how well they flowed together. "Hypnotize", "Asia Minor", "Good Bye Yer Honor" and Weir's cover of "Big Iron" are all high quality songs. Even the least of the tracks here are placed in spots where they just seem to belong. This makes "Kingfish" one of those rare albums that one can listen to from beginning to end without a desire to skip songs. The variety of musicians and writers makes this more than what you would get from a typical Dead outing. Deadhead or not, you'll love this album!


Pick
Pick
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAGNIFICENT!, December 4, 2014
This review is from: Pick (Audio CD)
When you cross Keller's creative lyrics with the classic Bluegrass playing and vocals of The McCourys you get something really different and quite special. They call their creation "Pick" and I call it my favorite Keller Williams album. The marriage of talents is near perfect. "Broken Convertible" and "American Car" are typically fun Williams compositions that overflow with his observations and random thoughts, but are pulled together by the band during the chorus. "Waste of Good Corn Liquor" is pure hillbilly Bluegrass and would likely be the first track to catch the ear of a purist 'Grass fan. "Sexual Harassment" is both creative and very funny. "The Graveyard Shift" is yet another Old Timey-ish song. It's really an excellent album. I do tend to like Keller's music when he plays with a full band and this is one of the best he's worked with. I really hope there will be a follow-up at some point in the future. 5 star recommendation!


Let Yourself in
Let Yourself in
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable, Familiar and Yet Just Fresh Enough To Catch Your Ear, October 30, 2014
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Comfortable, familiar and yet just fresh enough to catch your ear. Old Shoe is one of many jam bands playing in the wake of the Grateful Dead, mixing in a number of other influences and creating a very listenable sound. "Let Yourself In" is mostly a relaxed combination of tunes that tends to draw you in right from the start. The Country-ish "Take That Road" is an easy going tune with catchy vocal harmonies. It kicks the album off on a high note. The pull of "Let Yourelf In" increases through great songs like "Goin' There" and "Got Me Down". This album is unlikely to leave you saying "Hey...that's something different", but that's why I like it. It combines that "Dead" sound with the more current jam band sound. If you're a Dead, Phish, Leftover Salmon or String Cheese Incident fan, you're already an Old Shoe fan. You just don't know it yet. Pick this music up....You'll be glad you did.


Very Best of Confederate Railroad
Very Best of Confederate Railroad
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUSICAL TREASURE, September 19, 2014
An unusual band, to say the least......Confederate Railroad dares to tread where few Country music acts would dare. Their songs can be very humorous, they can rock the house, or they can be a gentle, heartfelt tale, but they're almost always good. This "Very Best Of" collection actually pulls together a substantial portion of their "must have" music. The early hits are included as are album cuts like the beautiful "Summer In Dixie" and the nasty "Notorious". Later Railroad classics include large doses of humor. One would be hard pressed not to crack a smile while listening to "The Big One" (an ode to flatulence in church), "White Trash With Money" or "She Treats Her Body Like A Temple" (featuring a great vocal appearance by the late George Jones). With a solid song list from start to finish, this overview collects most of the good stuff and sounds exceptional. "I Am Just A Rebel" would have been a welcomed addition and helped the set rock a little more, but hey....I didn't put this album together. If you gotta' have one and only one Confederate Railroad album, this is it, but you just might find yourself drawn into their wonderfully twisted world and want all their albums. What A Band!


Live Anthology 1975-1981
Live Anthology 1975-1981
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4.0 out of 5 stars The quality ranges from decent to excellent. The best sounding material comes from the Record ..., September 15, 2014
This is an interesting collection of songs. The Outlaws released their official live album back in the late 70s when they had adopted a bit of a harder edge to their music. Much of this had to do with the departure of vocalist and rhythm guitarist Henry Paul, whose Country music leanings rounded out the band's sound without losing that hot, guitar oriented, Southern Rock aspect. Most of this set features live performances from the "Outlaws", "Lady In Waiting" and "Hurry Sundown" years. The quality ranges from decent to excellent, especially when you consider the dearth of available live material from the original band. The best sounding material comes from the Record Plant recordings from '75 and '76. These tracks glisten with that classic early Outlaws sound, combining Rock, Country, Eagles-esque harmonies and smoking guitar solos. The editing between songs is not perfect, but it's a small price to pay to get live Outlaws music from their classic line-up. Beyond the Record Plant recordings the sound quality drops off in varying degrees. Not that it's intolerable, but you'll be less likely to listen to these cuts repeatedly. A legitimate 4 CD set exists that features all of these and more live cuts, plus a small cache of demos that aren't too special, but are still nice to own. The best material here is 5 star stuff. The rest might be worthy of a three. I'll give the set a 4 and recommend it to Outlaws fans who have always wondered what the original band sounded like when they played live.


Blackberry Smoke: Live At The Georgia Theatre
Blackberry Smoke: Live At The Georgia Theatre
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4.0 out of 5 stars WHERE THERE"S SMOKE....THERE'S FIRE, August 21, 2014
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The good old Amazon 30 second clip is where I first heard this band, 'cause you know I wouldn't hear it on the FM nowadays. So...I listened to pieces of "The Whippoorwill" and realized that "Music as I know it" was still alive and well. I followed Skynyrd through the 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond, enjoyed Henry Paul and Monte Yoho's new Outlaws album and have always kept an ear on the CDB, but other than some of the excellent Bluegrass based jam-bands like Leftover Salmon, there's nowhere for a country boy to go for some new Southern Rock...until now. Thank God for The Smoke. Their kind of rockin' has it all: a guitar sound that mixes Skynyrd, ZZ, Georgia Satellites etc., a touch of the late Billy Powell's style of lighting up the piano and some classic redneck songwriting, minus the current Nashville trend of trying too hard to sound Country. Add a splash of Black Crowes and you have Blackberry Smoke. I had to start someplace and this DVD is where I chose to wade in to the world of BS. It sounds great, although maybe not as perfect as the new "Leave A Scar" live album. The set list wants for nothing and even includes "Man Of Constant Sorrow" which I found both interesting and enjoyable. There are some tracks on this disc that aren't on the the new one, so if you want'em all, you need this show in your collection. The only thing that bothers me are the interspersed interview segments. I'd prefer a full un-interrupted show, so this only gets four stars. Blackberry Smoke may well be the only sh!# kickin' Southern Rockers on the edge of the big-time today, but there are those of us who still remember a new band called The Allman Brothers Band. A Dixie Renaissance? Hey...Sometimes lightning strikes twice. So Give 'em Some Love and Buy This DVD


Back Again
Back Again
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4.0 out of 5 stars I am grateful to have this Excellent Sounding, Much Longer document of the 50th tour, July 1, 2014
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Thank you to the other reviewers for their pearls of wisdom. I probably would not have spent the money on this DVD without their input. I'm probably not adding anything new or profound in this review, but rather supporting some of the others' descriptions. I, for one, am grateful to have this Excellent Sounding, Much Longer document of the 50th tour. The annoyances are so slight, that as far as I'm concerned, they only cause me to remove a star from it's rating. I still Wholeheartedly recommend this disc to all Beach Boys fans. It's certainly better than a CD-R bootleg. The performances are great. The footage is professionally shot and more than adequate. "Back Again" is a worthwhile addition to your Beach Boys collection. IMPORT NOTE: Be sure to get a copy that will play in your region. Mine is region 0 and plays fine here in the USA.


Six Pack And A Tan
Six Pack And A Tan
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5.0 out of 5 stars HE JUST KEEPS MAKIN" EM BETTER!, March 4, 2014
This review is from: Six Pack And A Tan (Audio CD)
"Blame It On The Margaritas"...The best Trop-rock album ever? I thought so. Yes, the great pioneer Jimmy Buffet started it all, but somehow Howard Livingston's music just brings me a little closer to satisfying that South Florida longing that hits me when the cold winds start to blow. The aforementioned CD is an island masterpiece that I thought would never be eclipsed, even by Howard himself. A few years and a CD or two later, he records "Six Pack And A Tan" and I must reconsider. This album has everything "Margaritas" has and maybe even more. The first song to pull your sandals out from under you is the new national anthem of the Florida Keys..."Magic In Key West". This song has it all and I'm sure he knew it when he recorded it. The title track "Six Pack And A Tan" makes me want to give it all up and move to the islands and "Keysified" just pushes me even closer. "Rainy Day In Paradise" is a relaxing tune that manages to paint a mental picture that "puts you right there". "Five Lines In A Tervis Tumbler' is a good old drinkin' song and no great Trop-rock disc would ever be caught without one (or more) of those. Howard serves up some of his unique humor on "Peeing On A Coconut Tree" and "Something Fishy Goin' On" and then takes you out on the boat for "Out On Sandy Key". Livingston really loves this place and you can feel it in his songs. So get yourself a six pack, get yourself a tan, get some sand in places you never thought you could...and go with Howard Livingston down to The Conch Republic!


Goin' to the Delta
Goin' to the Delta

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5.0 out of 5 stars STILL HOT. STILL BLUE. STILL SAVOY BROWN., February 11, 2014
This review is from: Goin' to the Delta (MP3 Music)
On the heels of the very solid "Voodoo Moon" album, Savoy Brown ups the ante with "Goin' To The Delta". This is one of those recordings that can make a man with the blues feel better. When he hears his own feelings accented by scorching, yet tasteful guitar work, it helps to melt away the pain. Opening with the hard charging "Laura Lee", followed by the steamy mid-tempo Blues of "Sad News", one can only hope that this is only the beginning of something really good. The rewards for listening come quickly. "Nuthin' Like The Blues", "When You've Got A Good Thing" and "Goin' To The Delta" keep the hellbound train grinding down the track. I love these rockin' tunes, but my favorite is the slower, quieter "Just A Dream". Simmonds lays his sweet solos over a laid back Blues with some top-notch bass playing. The sound is so good, it sounds like you're right there in the studio. Traditionally, Savoy Brown includes a slide guitar number on every album, often an up-tempo workout. "I Miss Your Love" features that slide, albeit coupled with a slower grinding rhythm that allows the listener to savor the guitar playing. The rest of the album stays in the same bluesy vein and I can't call any of these songs bad. In fact, I feel that this is a new high point in the long and storied history of Savoy Brown.
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