The Ritual Begins At Sundown
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The legendary guitarist and songwriter of The Doors and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Robby Krieger will be releasing his first solo album in 10 years on 24th April 2020. ‘The Ritual Begins At Sundown’ will be released via his new home at The Players Club, a division of the Mascot Label Group. The Doors weren’t just one of the most iconic bands of their generation, but one of the most influential bands in rock history and Robby Krieger was responsible for writing some of their biggest hits in ‘Light My Fire,’ Love Me Two Times,’ ‘Touch Me’ and ‘Love Her Madly.’ Krieger returns for his 9th solo album and his first since 2010s Grammy nominated ‘Singularity,’ and once again with his long time writing partner and co-producer Arthur Barrow. Barrow worked with Frank Zappa through the 1970s-80s as well as Giorgio Moroder, Joe Cocker, Diana Ross and Janet Jackson and worked on soundtracks for Top Gun and Scarface. The album also features other Zappa alumni Jock Ellis (Trombone), Sal Marquez (Trumpet), Chad Wackerman (Drums) and Tommy Mars (Keys) as well as AeB Bryne (Flute), Vince Denham (Sax), Chuck Manning (Sax) and Joel Taylor (Drums).
- Product Dimensions : 4.88 x 5.51 x 0.35 inches; 2.19 Ounces
- Manufacturer : The Players Club
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Date First Available : February 14, 2020
- Label : The Players Club
- ASIN : B084T37LN9
- Number of discs : 1
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My favorites after a few times listening to the record are a bit difficult to specify but I love his touch on "Slide Home" and his rendition of "Chunga's Revenge". My favorite is probably "Yes, the River Knows" which has a beautiful interaction with the keyboard players.
His arrangements with ex-Zappa players are stunning. This deserves more of an audience.
Sonically, "The Ritual At Sundown" is not as much fusion as it is just straight hard jazz with a very powerful band that makes it rock with a vitality so much jazz has the risk of failing to achieve.
If there is any doubt, Krieger's guitar slips in and out sometimes languidly, sometimes with some real fire, and always in the best taste. Think maybe of John Scofield who plays a lot better. I'd rather listen to Krieger than Scofield any day.
The best track is also the rocking track, "Hitch". This tune bounces all over the place, like an old beat up pickup with bad shocks dipping in and out of potholes on a dusty Oklahoma dirt road with a trail of dust behind it as far as you can see. But it isn't sloppy - it grooves mightily. Krieger's guitars joyfully weasel in and out of the horns and drums, and one feels a funk presence he or she may not have been expecting.
There are plenty of quiet and beautiful moments as well. Krieger is a great songwriter with a very strong ear for a good melody, and "The Ritual Begins At Sundown" is a bright positive release that is exactly what the doctor ordered for a quick respite from the 2020 doldrums we've all had enough of.