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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Kooper's sixth solo release opens daringly enough, with his own funky version of "This Diamond Ring," which he transforms completely from its Drifters-inspired origins. Most of the album is in a mid-'70s soul-funk vein, with Tower of Power turning up elsewhere and Kooper trying with considerable success to sound soulful on songs like "She Don't Ever Lose Her Groove" and "I Forgot to Be Your Lover." The playing throughout is excellent, with guitars by Kooper himself who also plays sitar, Mellotron, organ, and synthesizer as well as Little Beaver and Reggie Young, with Joe Walsh sitting in on one song, and horn arrangements by Kooper and veteran soundtrack composer Dominic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Kooper's sixth solo release opens daringly enough, with his own funky version of "This Diamond Ring," which he transforms completely from its Drifters-inspired origins. Most of the album is in a mid-'70s soul-funk vein, with Tower of Power turning up elsewhere and Kooper trying with considerable success to sound soulful on songs like "She Don't Ever Lose Her Groove" and "I Forgot to Be Your Lover." The playing throughout is excellent, with guitars by Kooper himself who also plays sitar, Mellotron, organ, and synthesizer as well as Little Beaver and Reggie Young, with Joe Walsh sitting in on one song, and horn arrangements by Kooper and veteran soundtrack composer Dominic Frontiere. The real centerpiece is the epic-length "Hollywood Vampire," which can't quite sustain its seven-minute length. The funkier numbers work, but some of the rest, like "In My Own Sweet Way," don't come off so well. This is two-thirds of a pretty fair album, and only lacks consistency.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Acadia Records
  • UPC: 805772820920
  • Catalog Number: 8209

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Kooper Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet
Tower of Power Horn
Joe Walsh Slide Guitar
Marvin Stamm Trumpet, Soloist
Steve Gibson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Wendy Waldman Background Vocals
Bobby Wood Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Little Beaver Guitar
Ron Bogdon Bass
J.R. Cobb Bass
Gary Coleman Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Robert Ferguson Drums, Vocals
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Mike Leech Bass
George "Chocolate" Perry Bass
Reggie Young Guitar, Vocals
Tubby Zeigler Drums
Larrie Londin Drums
Ron Hicklin Singers Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Al Kooper Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements
Steve Smith Engineer
Dominic Frontiere Horn Arrangements
John Simon Producer
Dan Penn Composer
Bob Edwards Engineer
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
John Henning Engineer
Bruce Hensal Engineer
Deni King Engineer
Kelly Kotera Engineer
Bobby Langford Engineer
Irwin Levine Composer
Spooner Oldham Composer
Alan Robinson Liner Notes
Tim Sadler Engineer
Rick Smith Engineer
Steve Aliamo Engineer
Linda Hoxit Engineer
Bob Brass Composer
John Simon Arranger, Producer
Rick Sanchez Engineer
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