A Ship Called Love

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Eric Bibb has been generally categorized as an acoustic blues player, but like Keb' Mo', the contemporary artist he most resembles, Bibb actually only uses blues forms on occasion, and it no doubt helps to get the listener in the door, but what is really on display here is a smooth-as-velvet singer/songwriter. It's curious that he dedicates A Ship Called Love to the great Curtis Mayfield, because Bibb is really much closer to Mayfield in tone and approach than he is to a Blind Lemon Jefferson, say, and the title cut here, which leads off the album, owes more than a little to Mayfield's faux gospel classic "People Get Ready." It also gets things underway nicely here, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Eric Bibb has been generally categorized as an acoustic blues player, but like Keb' Mo', the contemporary artist he most resembles, Bibb actually only uses blues forms on occasion, and it no doubt helps to get the listener in the door, but what is really on display here is a smooth-as-velvet singer/songwriter. It's curious that he dedicates A Ship Called Love to the great Curtis Mayfield, because Bibb is really much closer to Mayfield in tone and approach than he is to a Blind Lemon Jefferson, say, and the title cut here, which leads off the album, owes more than a little to Mayfield's faux gospel classic "People Get Ready." It also gets things underway nicely here, but as love song after gentle love song rolls by, all meticulously arranged, recorded, and sung with perfectly nuanced emotional presence, A Ship Called Love begins to drift from shore in its own studied smoothness. Not that there aren't high points, like the autobiographical "Troubadour," a fine duet with Ruthie Foster that arrives at about midpoint in the set, and the engaging, gentle reggae lilt of "Turning World," but by the time Bibb gets around to actually playing a blues, the micro-analytic "More o' That," it seems downright radical after so much gentle elegance. The closer, "Praise 'n' Thanksgiving," flirts with folk-gospel, and is so grateful and reverent that it is impossible to resist, even as one wishes that a little of that reverence had been replaced with pure, wild joy. That, in the end, is what this album needs to make it more than a pleasant rumination on the sea of love. It needs a touch of wildness to temper the calm surface of these songs, because love, more so than all the other emotions, benefits from occasional changes in wind direction.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408362927
  • Catalog Number: 83629
  • Sales rank: 88,594

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Bibb Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String), Train Whistle, Guitar (Tremolo)
The Dixie Hummingbirds Vocals
Chuck Anthony Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Nevada Cato Background Vocals, Finger Snapping
B.J. Cole Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Gary Compton Harmonica, Bass Harmonica
Desmond Foster Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Ira Tucker Vocals
Rev. Brady Blade Drums, Tambourine, Hand Clapping
Paul Waller Dobro
Larry Crockett Conga, Drums
Brian Shiels Upright Bass
Andre de Lange Track Performer
Glen Scott Percussion, Piano, Celeste, Conga, Cymbals, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Melodica, Bells, Various, Snare Drums, Vibes, Track Performer, Shaker, Wurlitzer
Jonas Sjöblom Flute, Tabla, Bells, Wind Chimes
Kim Yarbrough Bass
Corrina Hewat Electric Harp
Gordon Cyrus Bass
Danny Flowers Guitar
Amar Sundy Electric Guitar
Ruthie Foster Vocals, Background Vocals, scat, Humming
Figge Boström Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Janne Petersson fender rhodes
Levi B. Saunders Banjo
Paris Gilbert Track Performer
Jim Pugh Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Technical Credits
Denis Blackham Mastering
Desmond Foster Programming
R. Foster Composer
C.J. Anthony Composer
Eric Bibb Composer, Producer
Rev. Brady Blade Producer, Engineer
Anne Hamersky Cover Photo
Glen Scott Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, Audio Production, Bass Samples
Johan Carlberg Engineer
Gordon Cyrus Producer, Engineer, Percussion Programming
Figge Boström Programming, Engineer
Levi B. Saunders Producer, Engineer
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