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Brothers Carl and Jay Franklin have been holed up in their pro studio in Southeastern Connecticut for 10 years working on this epic album. Great grooves, thumping bass, silky vocals, chunky horns, edgy guitars, beautiful (real) strings, and killer keys (Piano, B3, Rhodes, Wurlitzer) all produced so cleanly with the utmost respect for the listener. From the first note, the brothers take you on a vacation to a small New England town, where the local crazies dot the landscape of music, booze and mayhem with New London Blues. Riding the wave of a hectic and wonderful suburban life is encapsulated nicely in No Time To Live: A funky mélange of ear candy and awesome vocals, with a retro surprise in the middle section. Next, take a journey into the night with I've Been To The Waters: An ode to the essence of being alive and happy. From New England to the Bayou, Rue Marie is a fantasy of a quiet life with a beautiful woman on a fictional street in New Orleans. The plush strings build up to a single note that reflects the yearning of a simple uncomplicated relationship. As the album moves into a more contemplative phase, Spineless Blues is the Eagles-like southern-rock influenced lament of a man waking up to the idea that he has been wronged by a partner who deserves what she gets. Leading into the masterpiece, She Won, is Adrift, a piano soliloquy that conjures numbness, transcendence and perhaps an existential nothingness. She Won may be the essence of the Franklin Brothers: A deceptively challenging slow and intense groove lays the background for the story of one man's experience of his partner's competitive nature. Going darker into the topic of dependency, the main character of Her Ringtone finds himself a prisoner of love. He is constantly mistreated by his friends and lovers, yet always goes back for more. Next, we are treated to the amazing Sleeping. Jay Franklin's masterpiece: A simple ode to the love of his life, based on a true story. Lush strings encapsulate the piano and guitar, while the rich vocals wash over your face like cool water. Finally, the quirky and playful State Street Jam shows the brothers' diversity mixing rock, jazz, samba, improvisation, and arrangements. Listening to Lifeboat, you get a sense that Jay and Carl know exactly what they wanted to hear and made it happen. The music is real and the production is stellar, but the performances feel live and well-executed, never sterile. Also, there are more great songs on this one album than you hear on most debut CDs. Well done, guys.

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The Franklins have created something quite noteworthy here. High on the ladder of real musical accomplishment is where this CD lives. "No Time to Live" is on par with any of Ty Tabor's (Kings X) harmony vocal efforts. And that people....is no small feat. Beautifully blended close-knit harmonies thrive over a bed of funky-jazzy arrangements. Superb!! "New London Blues" finally gives New London something to be most proud of. It showcases again, great vocal ability and some very precise drumming. That's a nasty funky bass part going on there. "I've been to the Waters" features some nice slide guitar work and more top-notch vocals. I can't say enough good things about this CD. I've only mentioned a few cuts here. You know it's great when you find it difficult to pick a favorite cut. I will say this.. Carl and Jay have assembled a "Wrecking Crew" of their own. The high level of quality instrumentalists on this effort makes an exquisite foundation on top of which the Franklins have applied their Vocal Mastery. and that..is what propels this CD far above and beyond the norm. So, if great songwriting, seamless arrangements supporting unforgettable melodies are qualities you look for in a CD...Look no further!! - Wayne Manca --Amazon MP3 Downloads

This is a great album to start off with and Carl's vocals and guitar work is top notch. I'd be remiss not to mention the great Saxaphone, bass, trumpet, and drum solos. (I'm sure I'm missing a few instruments). This album is a joy to listen to, the sound is full featured, and the lyrics will play in your mind throughout the day. This is an absolute must own. Definitely check out the tracks "I've Been to The Waters", "Adrift", and "State Street Jam". This album is superb and you'll get many hours of enjoyment. - Ian Ceicys --Amazon MP3 Downloads

Carl and Jay Franklin are master musicians, and this is their best work ever. Heavily influenced by bands like Steely Dan, their music is a tasty mixture of blues and good-old-fashioned rock-and-roll, with just a dash of a jazz feel. From the fat funky sound of New London Blues to the delicate ballad of Rue Marie and the lament that is She Won, the boys will take you on a musical ride you won't want to get off. This is music at its best, as real as real can be. - RCampbell --Amazon MP3 Downloads
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 7, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Pwop Productions
  • ASIN: B0078O9QVK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Carl and Jay Franklin are master musicians, and this is their best work ever. Heavily influenced by bands like Steely Dan, their music is a tasty mixture of blues and good-old-fashioned rock-and-roll, with just a dash of a jazz feel.

From the fat funky sound of New London Blues to the delicate ballad of Rue Marie and the lament that is She Won, the boys will take you on a musical ride you won't want to get off.

This is music at its best, as real as real can be.
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This is a great album to start off with and Carl's vocals and guitar work is top notch.

I'd be remiss not to mention the great Saxaphone, bass, trumpet, and drum solos. (I'm sure I'm missing a few instruments).

This album is a joy to listen to, the sound is full featured, and the lyrics will play in your mind throughout the day.

This is an absolute must own.

Definitely check out the tracks "I've Been to The Waters", "Adrift", and "State Street Jam".

This album is superb and you'll get many hours of enjoyment.
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Bluesy but not hardcore. Tunes that get in your head with some funk thrown in. Good vocals and harmonies by the Franklin Brothers. Written and performed with heart, yet intellectually interesting. This album has something to say and says it well.
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The Franklins have created something quite noteworthy here. High on the ladder of real musical accomplishment is where this CD lives. "No Time to Live" is on par with any of Ty Tabor's (Kings X) harmony vocal efforts. And that people....is no small feat. Beautifully blended close-knit harmonies thrive over a bed of funky-jazzy arrangements. Superb!!
"New London Blues" finally gives New London something to be most proud of.
It showcases again, great vocal ability and some very precise drumming. That's a nasty funky bass part going on there. "I've been to the Waters" features some nice slide guitar work and more top-notch vocals. I can't say enough good things about this CD. I've only mentioned a few cuts here. You know it's great when you find it difficult to pick a favorite cut. I will say this.. Carl and Jay have assembled a "Wrecking Crew" of their own. The high level of quality instrumentalists on this effort makes an exquisite foundation on top of which the Franklins have applied their Vocal Mastery. and that..is what propels this CD far above and beyond the norm. So, if great songwriting, seamless arrangements supporting unforgettable melodies are qualities you look for in a CD...Look no further!!
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I purchased both "Lifeboat to Nowhere" and Carl/Jay's previous album "Strange Communications" and all I can say is that these guys don't disappoint. "I've Been to the Waters" is quickly becoming one of my favorites, but I still have a place in my heart for "Toy Boy" and "Strawberry Milk". Bluesy, but enough rock/funk to keep things interesting. "New London Blues" just grabs you from the opening beats. The instrumental performances are perfect and the post-production work is the best I've heard from a smaller production company.
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After listening to some of the Franklin's podcasts, I figured I'd throw 'em a bone and buy their album as a little kickback. This CD blew my mind! After months of listening, it still puts a smile on my face. There is a quality and balance about this CD that makes it highly replayable from start to finish. Best $10 I've spent in a while.
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"Lifeboat To Nowhere" is one of the best albums I've had the pleasure to own. I really enjoyed every single track. My favorites are "Sleeping", "She Won", and "State Street Jam." 10 years in the making goes to show this was a labor of love for the band. It truly is a feast for the ears!
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