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Ford's blues fans will be happy to know that despite Ford's earlier Jazz releases and Concord Record's focus on some formidable jazz artists such as the Rippingtons, Herb Ellis, Gary Burton, Dave Weckl and Eric Marienthal, Robben's new material remains true to the Blues. On this disc, Ford demonstrates some rather exceptional guitar playing, as well as performances on the Wurlitzer and the Piano on a couple of tracks. The CD contains mostly new and original material although Robben has included a sensational cover of Little Walter Jacobs "Up The Line" as well as Willie Dixon's "It Don't Make Sense", which is performed extremely well. The CD's highlights while hard to choose, are probably "Something For The Pain" which has a rather lively beat and uptempo guitar and the slow blues cover of "It Don't Make Sense". Simply Outstanding!
"Blues Collection"(1997) and "Tiger Walk"(1997)...featuring tunes like "Rugged Road" and
"When I Leave Here"...but with this release from Concord Jazz, we find more Jazz with a
taste of blues.
Stand outs ~ "INDIANOLA", shows how much of a guitarist he is, tremendous arrangement
with great style..."SOMETHING FOR THE PAIN" and "DON'T DENY YOUR LOVE",
digs deep into the soul with a smidgen of rock thrown in for good measure..."IT DON'T
MAKE SENSE(YOU CAN'T MAKE PEACE)" and "MAKE ME YOUR ONLY ONE",
one is a Willie Dixon tune, the later by Ford, both have Jazz written all over them, some fusion
Super job by Concord Jazz, Glen Barros and John Burk (executive producers)...a big
welcome to the newest member of their label...hope this is the beginning of a beautiful
Total Time: 59:03 on 12 Tracks ~ Concord Jazz CCD-2112 ~ (2002)
Some of the hightlights:
Robben sings a lot more loosely and confidently then he has in the past. One gets the sense that he's having fun..
The guitar playing is not regulated to the back room. He does judicious time playing the hell out of his Telecaster and his Gibson scaled guitars. But the virtuosity does the music well, and there is a wonderful balance between the blues and just going out. His solos sing, and cry, and come to a wonderful point. Listen to the solo on "You're going to be sorry." Great job from a really great player.
He gets gooooooood backup, from the various combination of side men and backup vocalists. Some wonderful, subtle B3 and sax playing on this album. Again, think loose but funky.
One other thing. This album sounds great CRANKED. Turn it up.
But after the first cut--a sort of Robben Ford meets Sam & Dave thing--the rest of the tunes just plod along. None of them is as catchy as I'm Your Man or Talk To Your Daughter. Some songs have changes that are clever, like when Scott Henderson plays blues but clever doesn't get my feet tapping.
Last but not least, he sings. And sings. We can argue if he's the greatest vocalist since Caruso but the lyrics are just filler.
Robben Ford has so many killer albums its hard to pick but if you want one that will give you chills look for the semi-bootleg Live In San Francisco. In the middle of a long and brilliant solo he cuts from I'm Your Man to Purple Haze. Robben Ford playing Purple Haze...need I say more?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Robben Ford is the complete package on this record...great vocal performances, very good tunes and the always sublime playing of a true master of American blues... Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by ethersea
Robben Ford can really play the guitar and his smooth voice make listening to these songs a pleasure. Love his music. Read morePublished on December 24, 2008 by Jeffrey Wolfenson
I've got most Robben's Ford discography and telling the truth is very very good since he started with THE CHARLES FORD BAND following with contributions with his brothers PATRICK... Read morePublished on August 17, 2007 by Bluesman From Barcelona
I've had this cd for a few years and really like it. Sure, not every tune is perfect but darn close.
Some people pick on Robben's vocals but I think thats BS. Read more
Great guitarist with a terrible voice. I can't beleive someone hasn't broke the news to Robben that HE CAN'T SING FOR S**T. At least Joe Satriani got a clue. Read morePublished on March 15, 2007 by John Sebastian
Perhaps not excellent, but still a really good record from Robben Ford. Like most of RF's albums, it keeps getting better each time you listen to it.Published on July 29, 2003