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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For 12 years, the Derek Trucks Band have been issuing records live and studio that are long on fire, improvisation, and inspiration. Trucks' own skillful leadership has seamlessly melded rock, blues, jazz, and Eastern Indian modal music in a brew that is uniquely his own. Perhaps this is what makes Already Free both an anomaly and a natural extension of the DTB; if anything, it resembles Delaney & Bonnie's records of the late '60s and early '70s -- Home, To Bonnie from Delaney -- or the self-titled debuts of Bobby Whitlock and Eric Clapton. There is a homegrown organic looseness to these proceedings that sets the album apart from all of Trucks' previous offerings. ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
For 12 years, the Derek Trucks Band have been issuing records live and studio that are long on fire, improvisation, and inspiration. Trucks' own skillful leadership has seamlessly melded rock, blues, jazz, and Eastern Indian modal music in a brew that is uniquely his own. Perhaps this is what makes Already Free both an anomaly and a natural extension of the DTB; if anything, it resembles Delaney & Bonnie's records of the late '60s and early '70s -- Home, To Bonnie from Delaney -- or the self-titled debuts of Bobby Whitlock and Eric Clapton. There is a homegrown organic looseness to these proceedings that sets the album apart from all of Trucks' previous offerings. Perhaps that's because it was recorded at home -- literally in a home studio with the DTB and/or their guests playing live from the floor much of the time. Trucks is still accompanied by his longtime mates: Kofi Burbridge, Todd Smallie, Yonrico Scott, Count Mbutu, and vocalist Mike Mattison. But there are some close friends and family as guests, including -- but not limited to -- Trucks' wife Susan Tedeschi, Doyle Bramhall II, and a horn section and various rhythm players. The material is stellar. The covers include an opening reading of Bob Dylan's "Down in the Flood," with the horn section getting down deep into the grittier and bluesier aspects of the tune. It features some brilliant work by Burbridge on the clavinet, Wurlitzer piano, and B-3; Trucks handles monster acoustic and electric slide work and Mattison's vocal is stellar. It all comes off soulfully, authentically, and utterly real. Next is a deeply funky cover of the late Paul Pena's "Something to Make You Happy." Another standout is a gospel-blues reading of the Spooner Oldham-Dan Penn classic "Sweet Inspiration," with an intro that sounds like it came straight from Memphis. Mattison and Tedeschi's vocals don't sound like Delaney & Bonnie's, but they feel like them. The hand percussion laid on top of the rhythm section with Trucks' melodic slide break becomes a third voice as it digs directly into the B-3. That all said, the originals are solid to boot. Check out the funky Allen Toussaint-esque rhythm backdrop on "Maybe This Time," with a brilliant vocal performance by Bramhall; the savage, gritty, and greasy slide blues of "Don't Miss Me," with its twin guitar interplay; and the raucous house-rocking groove of "Get What You Deserve." Tedeschi takes a lead vocal turn on the deeply moving ballad "Back Where I Started," near the album's end. It was co-written by Trucks with Warren Haynes; only her husband backs her on acoustic guitar and dobro, with a rhythm section. The droning Indian instrument ushers in "I Know," an old R&B shouter associated with Big Maybelle. But Trucks' electric slide, the B-3, the horns, and Mattison's gravelly soul vocal add to its dimension quickly and convincingly. In sum, this is another side of the DTB, but one that feels like a natural extension of the group's live persona. Its careful attention to feel creates a vibe that is altogether missing from the vast majority of recordings made in the last 30 years, yet it sounds timeless -- not retro -- because of the expert, tasteful nature of the playing and recording. Already Free is not only an excellent entry in the Trucks catalog; it's a stone killer that should be filed with the aforementioned titles, the first two Black Crowes records, the Faces' A Nod Is as Good as a Wink...to a Blind Horse, and Rod Stewart's Mercury material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2009
  • Label: Rca Victor
  • UPC: 886973278123
  • Catalog Number: 732781
  • Sales rank: 39,260

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Derek Trucks Band Primary Artist
Derek Trucks Indexed Contributor, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jeff Bakos Horn Engineer
Oteil Burbridge Bass, Bass Guitar
Paul Garrett Trumpet
Count Mbutu Percussion, Vocals, Group Member
Yonrico Scott Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Doyle Bramhall II Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Kofi Burbridge Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Clavinet, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer, Moog Bass, Group Member, Hammond B3
Bob Tis Percussion
Susan Tedeschi Vocals
Todd Smallie Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Kevin Hyde Trombone
Eric Krasno Guitar
Mike Mattison Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Ted Pecchio Bass, Bass Guitar
Tyler Greenwell Percussion, Drums
Mace Hibbard Tenor Saxophone
Duane Trucks Percussion
Bobby Tis Percussion
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
James Taylor Composer
Warren Haynes Composer
Dan Penn Composer
Ali Akbar Khan Author
George Marino Mastering, Remastering
Spooner Oldham Composer
John Snyder Liner Notes
Derek Trucks Composer, Producer, Engineer
Josh Cheuse Art Direction, Cover Photo
Doyle Bramhall II Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Kofi Burbridge Composer
Bob Tis Engineer, Monitors, Stage Technician, Guitar Techician
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Chris Shaw Sound Effects, Engineer
Mike Mattison Composer
Blake Budney Management
Chris Trucks Merchandising
M. Smith Composer
Paul "Earthquake" Pena Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow.

    This is music of the soul. I love the message, the tone; it's music that enters you and does not let you go. A worthwhile investment, especailly if you are a nascent blues consumer.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    All of Derek Trucks CD's are awesome!

    Good for the soul!!!!!! Can't wait for the next one! Mellow yet upbeat.

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