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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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: 8/30/2005
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 094633406421
  • Catalog Number: 34064
  • Sales rank: 15,875

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:14)
  2. 2 Love Sneakin' Up on You - Joss Stone (3:25)
  3. 3 Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo - Noah Hunt (5:05)
  4. 4 Somebody Ease My Troublin' Mind - Eric Clapton (3:32)
  5. 5 So into You (4:40)
  6. 6 How High the Moon - Alsou (2:09)
  7. 7 Bad Case of Lovin' You (3:54)
  8. 8 I Wanna Know You - Beth Hart (6:21)
  9. 9 (Ain't That) Good News (4:04)
  10. 10 Let Me Roll It (4:03)
  11. 11 Caravan (2:08)
  12. 12 Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Keith Richards (4:01)
  13. 13 All I Want Is You (4:17)
  14. 14 69 Freedom Special (5:44)
  15. 15 Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller Band (4:45)
  16. 16 I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know - Kenny Olsen (6:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Les 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 Sr. 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 Jr. 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
Al Kooper Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Les 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 I 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    Everything you'd expect of collaborations involving the inventor of electric music and some of its best practitioners. Especially energetic: Rick and Roll Hoochie-koo, So Into You and Good Morning Little Schoolgirl. Beth Hart and Neal Schon's "I want to feel you" may be the sexiest thing ever recorded.

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