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Fitchburg Street

4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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(2003 'Yep Rock') (43:22/10) Der alte Weggefährte von Stevie Ray Vaughan mit seinem zweiten Soloalbum. Kaum eigenes Material auf diesem Album, doch: stop! Der alte Bramhall hat Originale nicht Ton-für-Ton kopiert, sondern ihnen seinen ganz eigenen Stempel aufgedrückt. Und deshalb klingt diese CD trotz Coverversionen und unterschiedlichster Besetzungen wie aus einem Guss. Dazu funktioniert die Vater/Sohn-Beziehung ausgezeichnet und der kleine Bramhall steuert Spannendes bei. Auch hier ist wieder deutlich zu hören, von wem SRV seine Art zu singen gelernt hat. Vielleicht nicht ganz so überrascht wie das alte Album auf Antone's, doch sicherlich eine sehr gute CD von einem der großen Texaner / Stevie Ray Vaughan's songwriting partner, drummer and vocalist extraordinaire has done it again! His long-awaited second album is a good one, even if most of the recordings are cover versions of well-known blues and r&b tunes. But he does them his own way. No one-to-one copying. Then you'll get the father & son collaboration that really works well. Great musicianship throughout. Doyle Bramhall is the man who taught Stevie Ray how to sing the blues. Also, he has co-written many of Stevie's classics. And he's a fine drummer. Highly recommended new set from this great Texan. DOYLE DRAMHALL - voc/drums, with DOYLE BRAMHALL II - gtr, PAT BOYACK - gtr, ROSCOE BECK - bass, etc. Special guest: GARY PRIMICH - hca (2 tracks), plus horns (4 tracks).

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Dimples
I'd Rather Be (Blind, Crippled & Crazy)
Changes
Life By The Drop
That's How Strong My Love Is
Baby What You Want Me To Do
It Ain't No Use
Maudie
Fourty Four
Sugar (Where'd You Get Your Sugar From)

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It's impossible to hear Doyle Bramhall's swaggering rendition of "Life by the Drop" without thinking of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Not only is the Bramhall original strongly associated with Vaughan (whose posthumously released recording provided a poignant memorial), but Bramhall's gritty, smoky vocals were plainly the major influence on Vaughan's singing. The second CD by this veteran singer-songwriter-drummer celebrates the blues legacy that he and Vaughan share, with the guitar virtuosity of son Doyle II and the raucous harmonica of Gary Primich powering such highlights as John Lee Hooker's "Dimples" and Howlin' Wolf's "Sugar (Where You'd Get Your Sugar From)." There's no new material from Bramhall ("Life by the Drop" is the only original), and the jamming on familiar fare such as Buddy Miles's "Changes" and Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me to Do" borders on bar-band excess, but the soulful renewal of "That's How Strong My Love Is" and "It Ain't No Use" reaffirms Bramhall as a Texas treasure. Somewhere, Stevie's smiling. --Don McLeese
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B00007L6HY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,291 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on October 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are two artists I can name who make me want to buy hundreds of copies of their albums and run around the world handing them out to people. One is Doyle Bramhall, and the other is his son. I discovered Doyle Sr through his son's music, and there is something about their music that blows my mind. Call it purity, magic, soul -- the Bramhalls know how to create great music, the perfect solution to the processed and pre-packaged crap that receives mainstream radio attention nowadays. These guys are too good for radio, that is until radio wises up and realizes what they're missing.
Fitchburg Street I first heard live at Gruene Hall -- the perfect venue for any Texas muscian. Before seeing Bramhall live, I knew none of his work, didn't even know he was a drummer. Now I've got both albums (Birds Nest on the Ground & Fitchburg Street), a pair of autographed drumsticks, constantly hound his website waiting for new tour dates, and have read enough to write a biography. He exploded my interest in blues and Texas music culture.
Everyone here seems to be in agreement that Fitchburg Street is an amazing record. All the songs are great, there's something special about each one. The band rocks -- 10 pts for Bramhall II and Dru Webber on guitars, and Mike Judge on bass -- and Bramhall's vocals are the best part of listening. What prompted writing this review happened the other afternoon when my 15 year old sister was listening to "That's How Strong My Love Is." She looked up at me and said, "This guy really means it. Who is this?"
If anything, what this album has done is made a deeper blues fan out of me. I've started listening to the musicians who originally wrote these songs and acquiring a much broader blues-base than the post-Stevie renaissance.
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Austin blues legend, drummer Doyle Bramhall returns with a smokin followup to "Bird Nest On The Ground". Although I own both albums, it didn't hit me the first time around, what an influence Doyle's vocals were on his friend Stevie Ray Vaughan. The resemblance is downright spooky. I would imagine that some will assume that it is Doyle who has been influenced. Some of the highlights for me were "I'd Rather Be(Blind,Crippled and Crazy), "Life By The Drop" and "Forty Four". If you add the fact that Doyle II and his sizzling guitar are present most of the time, this is one killer set. If you're a blues rock fan, "Fitchburg Street" is destined to be one of your top ten favorites for 2003. The Bramhalls rock my world!
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Doyle Bramhall's second offering is a great batch of cover tunes that fit so well to Doyle's swaggering vocals that they seem more like originals. John Lee Hooker's "Dimples" which I first heard by the Animals and then Spencer Davis Group is knee deep in electric blues. "I'd Rather Be Blind Crippled & Crazy" which bluesman Phillip Walker nailed on his 1998 "Sweet Tooth" CD pulses with great energy in Bramhall's hands. "Changes" is a great churning storm of guitar. In 1966 when the Hollies enchanted me with their album "Beat Group!," they included one tune whose melody repeatedly winds up on my turntable and that Doyle recasts here as a classic slow soul song, "That's How Strong My Love Is." Since the song has been one of my favorites for many years, it's great to hear it dusted off and given such an expressive performance. Jimmy Reed's "Baby What You Want Me to Do" is made to march with Dru Webber's lively guitar throbbing throughout. Although I've enjoyed Gary U.S. Bonds from early rock days to his incarnation as Bruce Springsteen buddy, "It Ain't No Use" is newly encountered. Its stately blues smokes slowly with Doyle's vocal swagger. My second encounter with "Maudie" since the Animals' "Animalization" works well as a trad blues shuffle. "Fitchburg Street" is a great second set from Doyle Bramhall that consistently smokes & throbs knee deep in the blues. Enjoy!
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Too long between CD's, this one makes the wait worth while.
Doyle's version of Hooker's 'Dimples' is making the phones ring at 106.9 WCCC. No wonder with son Doyle II on guitar, Mike Judge on bass and Gary Primich on harp.
I love this album for it's Texas flavor as well as for Doyle's singing and drumming.
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Great effort from Doyle. Get this if you want a good sounding musical CD. From "Dimples" to Sugar" you will not be unhappy. Get it now, either on CD or put it on your IPOD. I should know. I have more music than you can put on an IPOD.
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From Fitchburg Street to the fraternity houses at UT and out into the universal music scene, Doyle Bramhall has taken us on a musical blues odyssey that continues to this day. Powerful album-anything that Doyle produces is a must for music junkies. Buy it.
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I have had this for a couple of weeks, I keep playing this more every day. This CD has become one of my favorites very quickely and will be worn out. This is blues at it's best. Believe me you will enjoy and listen to it over and over. After listening to this CD, most importantly "Life by the Drop" you will understand the impact Doyle has.
BUY THIS CD and get settled down for a feeding of you soul.
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