American Made World Played

American Made World Played

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by Les Paul
     
 

When Les Paul speaks -- or, more accurately, runs his fingers across the strings of the instrument that bears his name -- people listen. That should come as no surprise, since the man all but single-handedly birthed rock 'n' roll when he turned mad scientist and invented the electric guitar, thereby launching the careers of most of the Friends who turned out for this… See more details below

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When Les Paul speaks -- or, more accurately, runs his fingers across the strings of the instrument that bears his name -- people listen. That should come as no surprise, since the man all but single-handedly birthed rock 'n' roll when he turned mad scientist and invented the electric guitar, thereby launching the careers of most of the Friends who turned out for this 90th birthday commemoration. While this is Paul's first studio recording in more than a quarter of a century, he's kept his chops up by holding down a weekly gig in New York City for much of that time -- no mean feat for a guy who's a couple decades older than the most grizzled classic rockers who've come to pay their respects on the disc. Paul brings out the best in his acolytes, coaxing ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons into some of his raunchiest playing in years on a version of "Bad Case of Lovin' You" and conducting a sort of gunslinger's ballet among Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, and Rick Derringer on a libidinous "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl." Interestingly, Paul opted not to dig all that deeply into the catalog of songs he popularized as a recording artist, reprising the classic ballad "How High the Moon" with the help of Russian songstress Alsou and working out a tender version of "All I Want Is You" that features Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls on vocals. A few questionable decisions were made in compiling the set -- while culling one vintage Sam Cooke vocal performance for a cut-and-paste "collaboration" would've been sufficient, two is kind of pushing it -- but it is Paul's party, so he's entitled to fill out the dance card any way he sees fit.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
At the age of 90, Les Paul issued his first newly recorded album in 27 years (the last one being his collaboration with Chet Atkins, Chester & Lester, in 1978), and it's a classic rock guitar version of the Frank Sinatra Duets projects, which is to say that, on most tracks, Paul is joined by superstar friends, most of them guitarists, who have overdubbed their parts elsewhere. The list of guitarists is truly stupendous -- Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Rick Derringer, Peter Frampton, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, Joe Perry, Keith Richards, Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi, Neal Schon, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. As if that weren't enough, the featured vocalists include Mick Hucknall of Simply Red, Johnny Rzeznik of Goo Goo Dolls, Sting, Joss Stone, and Edgar Winter. And the sidemen are equally stellar (if better known among their peers than to the general public), including guitarist Steve Lukather, bassists Nathan East and Will Lee, and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. So, there is no problem with chops here. If there is a problem, it is with the disembodied nature of the project, which, in one of those misguided and ghoulish record company decisions, even includes two vocals by Sam Cooke, who died in 1964, stripped of their accompanying instrumental tracks, with new ones built up. While the album is a celebration of Paul, and there are some endearing excerpts from the old Les Paul & Mary Ford radio show, as well as a home tape of family friend Steve Miller as a five-year-old, the old master himself only really shines on the numbers lacking the superstars, a strong version of Duke Ellington's "Caravan" and "69 Freedom Special." Otherwise, the album is more about what a couple of generations of rock guitarists have done with Paul's signature Gibson guitar model than it is about Paul himself.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0094633406421
catalogNumber:
34064
Rank:
9437

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul   Primary Artist,Guitar
Buddy Guy   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Beck   Guitar
Sam Cooke   Vocals
Rick Derringer   Guitar
Peter Frampton   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Perry   Guitar
Richie Sambora   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Neal Schon   Guitar
Sting   Vocals
Hiram Bullock   Guitar,Background Vocals
Greg Mathieson   Organ,Keyboards
Kenny Wayne Shepherd   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums
Elaine Caswell   Background Vocals
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Louis Cortelezzi   Saxophone
Nathan East   Bass
Edgar Winter   Saxophone,Vocals
Billy Gibbons   Guitar,Vocals
Mick Hucknall   Vocals
Abraham Laboriel   Bass,Bass Guitar
Will Lee   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Steve Miller   Guitar,Vocals
Brian Mitchell   Keyboards
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Keith Richards   Guitar
Johnny Rzeznik   Guitar,Vocals
Future Man   Keyboards
Jed Leiber   Keyboards
Beth Hart   Vocals,Background Vocals
Billy Peterson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Daniel Moreno   Percussion
Gordon Knudson   Drums
Louise Forestier   Keyboards
Noah Hunt   Vocals
Kenneth Cummings   Horn,Background Vocals
Dave King   Trombone
Lou Forestieri   Organ,Clavinet
Luke Ebbin   Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel   Percussion,Drums
Alsou   Vocals
Fran Cathcart   Guitar
Joss Stone   Vocals
Marc Urselli   Bass,Piano,Bass Guitar
Barry Goldstein   Guitar
Jim Feeley   Trumpet
Dave King   Trombone
Adam "LDB" Polatov   Drums
Kenny Olsen   Guitar,Track Performer
Joseph Wooten   Keyboards
Jim Feeling   Trumpet
Gordy Knudsen   Drums

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Rick Derringer   Composer
Kooper   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Paul   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Tom Snow   Composer
Buddy Buie   Composer
Simon Climie   Producer,Engineer
Dean Daughtry   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Nancy Hamilton   Composer
Jimmy Hoyson   Engineer
Steve Miller   Composer,Liner Notes
Robert Nix   Composer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Robert Vosgien   Mastering
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
Simon Osborne   Engineer
Diana Barnes   Art Direction
Steve Genewick   Engineer
William Engvick   Composer
Phil Quartatato   Executive Producer
Morgan Lewis   Composer
Kenneth Cummings   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Pete Papageorges   Engineer
Luke Ebbin   Producer
Charles Carlini   Associate Project Coordinator
Robert Cutarella   Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
Fran Cathcart   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bob Iadeluca   Guitar Engineer
Marc Urselli   Programming,Engineer,drum programming
Barry Goldstein   Producer,Bass Programming
Rusty Paul   Engineer
Tom Size   Engineer

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