4-11-44

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While the Blasters called it quits in 1986 after Hard Line failed to break through to the mass audience, it was only a few years later that lead singer Phil Alvin brought the band back, though without the participation of his kid brother, Dave Alvin, who played guitar with the Blasters and wrote their most memorable songs. For years, Phil Alvin promised to take the Blasters back to the studio, and in 2004 a new Blasters album finally appeared, 4-11-44. One spin confirms that this edition of the band can play up a storm, and that Phil's passionate roadhouse vocals are as exciting as they've ever been; Keith Wyatt is, if anything, a stronger picker than Dave Alvin, the rhythm...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While the Blasters called it quits in 1986 after Hard Line failed to break through to the mass audience, it was only a few years later that lead singer Phil Alvin brought the band back, though without the participation of his kid brother, Dave Alvin, who played guitar with the Blasters and wrote their most memorable songs. For years, Phil Alvin promised to take the Blasters back to the studio, and in 2004 a new Blasters album finally appeared, 4-11-44. One spin confirms that this edition of the band can play up a storm, and that Phil's passionate roadhouse vocals are as exciting as they've ever been; Keith Wyatt is, if anything, a stronger picker than Dave Alvin, the rhythm section cooks with gas, and the results will get the party started with soul fire and real rock drive. But if you're a fan of the Blasters, it's hard to not feel as if something is missing on 4-11-44. When the Blasters started out, they were practically the only game in town for this sort of charged-up blues and retro-rock wailing; these days, there are a number of worthwhile bands flying the flag for this sort of music, and while the Blasters are still better than most of them, the guys on 4-11-44 don't sound as special as the band that cut American Music or The Blasters. There was an almost ministerial fervor to the group's original recordings, as if they needed to wake up an audience to a musical tradition that was on the verge of dying out; 4-11-44, on the other hand, sounds like a great roadhouse band rocking on out, but there isn't nearly as much force behind it. It doesn't help that the set list isn't nearly as interesting as the Blasters' previous albums; while there are two new Phil Alvin originals, including the great title song, the truth is he can't write with the same impact as his brother, and while the covers are all great songs, they don't have the same resonance as the classic obscurities the old band made its bread and butter. 4-11-44 is a good album, and it does nothing to tarnish the Blasters' name, but it just doesn't bear the same weight and move with the same fervor as the original band's catalog, and in this case these small details really do make all the difference.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2005
  • Label: Rainman
  • UPC: 809289050627
  • Catalog Number: 506
  • Sales rank: 78,038

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Blasters Primary Artist
Phil Alvin Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Group Member
Jerry Angel Drums, Group Member
John Bazz Bass, Electric Bass, Group Member
Keith "Mr.Big D" Wyatt Guitar, Group Member
Bruce Witkin Bass
Phil Avin Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Group Member
Keith Wyatt Guitar
Technical Credits
George Jones Composer
Charlie Rich Composer
Phil Alvin Composer
The Blasters Producer, Audio Production
Bill Justis Composer
Bobby Lee Trammell Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
Quinton Claunch Composer
Earl Forest Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
T.J. Helmerich Engineer
James Intveld Composer
Rick Solem Composer
Bruce Witkin Engineer
Greg Lewerke Executive Producer
Bernard Roth Composer
Ed Spyra Art Direction
Howie Idelson Artwork
Kendall Schmidt Composer
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