Angels Serenade

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The front cover of this CD lists the artist as Helm, Hudson & McCoy, but when you pop Angels Serenade into your iTunes-equipped computer, the menu credits it to Thomas McCoy, and in all honesty this music sounds more like the work of that journeyman blues man than a true collaboration. The Helm and Hudson listed on the cover are Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of the Band, and the sessions were recorded at Helm's studio in Woodstock, NY; McCoy eagerly plays up his associations with these landmark musicians in the liner notes, and there's no arguing that they're sidemen nearly anyone would be proud to have on their recording project. But neither Levon or Garth contributed to...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The front cover of this CD lists the artist as Helm, Hudson & McCoy, but when you pop Angels Serenade into your iTunes-equipped computer, the menu credits it to Thomas McCoy, and in all honesty this music sounds more like the work of that journeyman blues man than a true collaboration. The Helm and Hudson listed on the cover are Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of the Band, and the sessions were recorded at Helm's studio in Woodstock, NY; McCoy eagerly plays up his associations with these landmark musicians in the liner notes, and there's no arguing that they're sidemen nearly anyone would be proud to have on their recording project. But neither Levon or Garth contributed to the songwriting or the production, and while they add a faint taste of the Band's signature sound to these recordings, McCoy is front and center on this disc -- he wrote nine of the twelve songs, plays lead guitar, and sings most of the lead vocals, handing four over to his brother Doug. And while McCoy is a solid guitarist and not bad with a tune, as a lyricist he's a far, far cry from Robbie Robertson or Richard Manuel, with "Ace in the Hole," "Sentenced to Love," and "Blue Water Runs Deep" sounding just as hokey as their titles, and he turns Ray Charles' "Hey Now" into an unfortunately generic sounding blues workout. Levon Helm and Garth Hudson seem to have been elevated from backing musicians to headliner status largely to help Angels Serenade in the marketplace, and while they deliver the fine performances you'd expect, ultimately this is a Tommy McCoy album and it isn't likely to bowl over Helm or Hudson's more discriminating fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Blues Boulevard
  • EAN: 5413992502271
  • Catalog Number: 250227
  • Sales rank: 210,643

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ace in the Hole - Tommy McCoy (4:02)
  2. 2 Sentenced to Love - Tommy McCoy (4:05)
  3. 3 You're the Only Thing - Tommy McCoy (2:54)
  4. 4 Angels Serenade - Tommy McCoy (2:47)
  5. 5 I Stood There Like a Stone - Tommy McCoy (3:12)
  6. 6 Hey Now - Tommy McCoy (4:44)
  7. 7 Spanish Moon - Tommy McCoy (4:25)
  8. 8 Blue Water Runs Deep - Tommy McCoy (3:57)
  9. 9 Something 'bout the Smokies - Tommy McCoy (4:14)
  10. 10 Talkin' to Myself - Tommy McCoy (2:53)
  11. 11 Runaway Train - Tommy McCoy (6:01)
  12. 12 I'm Your Toy (Hot Burrito #1) - Tommy McCoy (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Helm, Hudson & McCoy Primary Artist
Steve Connelly Pedal Steel Guitar, 12-string Guitar, Guitar (Rickenbacker)
Levon Helm Drums
Garth Hudson Accordion, Keyboards, Saxophone, Soloist
Doug Thomas Guitar, Vocals
Amy Helm Vocals
Jimmy Bennett Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Mark McCoy Bass
Tommy McCoy Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Thomas McCoy Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
George Tricomi Piano
Justin McCoy Background Vocals
Anastasia Bells
Technical Credits
Ray Charles Composer
Chris Anderson Engineer
Lowell George Composer
Steve Connelly Engineer
Chris Ethridge Composer
Bob Katz Mastering
Alfie Falckenbach Art Direction
Thomas McCoy Composer, Audio Production
Graham Parsons Composer
George Tricomi Composer
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