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Audio CD, March 2, 2004
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A later headlining show cemented their growing presence in my CD collection.
This is the third disc I have purchased by Grace Potter. Ironically I purchased them in reverse order of release. Which is ok and a cool way to discover a band. This CD features the drummer and guitarist from the Nocturnals with a different bass player, a guest keyboardist on organ and 2 different female backing vocalists. Grace Potter handles piano, Fender Rhoads and lead vocals. She had not branched out into the guitar yet, and the now signature Hammond B3 stylings are handled by another, but she clearly had her musical identity in place. While the album features the blues and jazz influence the Nocturnals have used as a solid foundation, the more overt rock and pop influences have not crept into the bands sound here.
This album is a keeper and well worth the price. The tunes are all solid, with a few I would like to hear the Nocturnals include in their live setlist. It also gives a look into Grace Potters early efforts and allows one to better see the evolution of her and her band. Very Cool.
Looking for more Grace Potter I then found this CD, Original Soul. The Nocturnals name is not attached but both Scott Tournet-guitar and Matt Burr-drums are here as on all four Grace Potter CDs.
All I can say is "BUY THIS CD". It's pricey, probably due to demand and a limited printing, but it's well worth whatever you end up paying. I haven't taken it out of my player since opening it days ago. It's an amazing mix of Blues, Soul, Gospel and good old Rock & Roll. Seems to be more of the B-3 on this CD (although Nothing But The Water has it's share) which I really like, but this one also has more background vocals which give it a fuller sound.
This is a lot like the music I grew up with in the early 70's but more timeless. I really think this is one of those CDs that I'll still be listening to years from now. Not a single bad song in the 13 track bunch.
Grace Potter has a powerful voice that can go from smooth and beautiful to raw, raspy and full of soul. She draws a lot of comparisons to Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt, which is impressive company, but she's a true original. She also plays a mean piano and B-3, and the combination is outstanding. Look no further, this is the real deal.
Musically I enjoyed Original Soul. It's far from the rock n roll of the self-titled album. A lot more...soul. Grace already sings very well, and she gives the organ plenty of attention (sorry, had to). There was no doubt growth from album to album, but this is still very worthy of a listen, especially if you like the softer side of our favorite Vermont girl.
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This is Grace'e first album and is definately the most soulful in my mind.
Every song is orginal, but produced with a professionall sound that combines the Nocternals with a... Read more
I would love to have this album, but, I will not pay $160.00 for it. A few weeks ago it was $100.00 and I thought that was far too expensive too. Sorry, sale lost!!Published on March 19, 2013 by DDuplessis
This is very early Grace - not quite as rock-n-roll, but still a good set of tunes to listen too. More soul/jazz - but her voice is still magnificent.Published on February 8, 2011 by Mr. Crabs
Orignal Soul is Grace Potters first album and a very worthy one. I first discoverd Grace with her most current self titled album GP&N. It is a great classic rock album! Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Michael Collier