Arc Angels

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All Music Guide - Bill Meredith
There are one-hit wonders throughout the history of music, but very few one-album wonders like the Arc Angels. After the death of blues-rock guitar hero Stevie Ray Vaughan, fellow singing guitarists, Texans, and Vaughan devotees Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton formed the quartet with Vaughan's rhythm section of bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton. Their 1992 debut release would also be their swan song, but the self-titled album would prove to be one of the best rock/pop/blues recordings of the decade as well. The opening "Living in a Dream" is the only tune Sexton and Bramhall II co-composed, and is perhaps the closest that the Arc Angels come to ...
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All Music Guide - Bill Meredith
There are one-hit wonders throughout the history of music, but very few one-album wonders like the Arc Angels. After the death of blues-rock guitar hero Stevie Ray Vaughan, fellow singing guitarists, Texans, and Vaughan devotees Doyle Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton formed the quartet with Vaughan's rhythm section of bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton. Their 1992 debut release would also be their swan song, but the self-titled album would prove to be one of the best rock/pop/blues recordings of the decade as well. The opening "Living in a Dream" is the only tune Sexton and Bramhall II co-composed, and is perhaps the closest that the Arc Angels come to re-creating Vaughan's signature sound. "Paradise Cafe" is one of a handful of tracks Sexton co-wrote with pop composer Tonio K., but he and Bramhall II engage in some ZZ Top-like call-and-response vocals, and Bramhall II's Vaughan dedication, "Sent by Angels," features some of the album's most impassioned singing. Funky tunes like "Sweet Nadine," "Good Time," and "Carry Me On" lighten the mood, and Shannon, Layton, and guest keyboardist Ian McLagan play brilliantly throughout in setting up the singing guitarists. The spirit of Vaughan permeates the recording, from the production of Little Steven to the liner notes ("Dedicated to our friend, Stevie Ray Vaughan. We miss you"), yet never sounds forced, purposeful, or contrived. Alas, the final two songs -- the rocking "Shape I'm In" and epic "Too Many Ways to Fall" -- sport titles that point toward the Arc Angels being a Vaughan-like comet rather than a future veteran group. Sexton's solo recording career had started as a teenager; Bramhall II and his father Doyle Bramhall were friends of Vaughan's (the elder Bramhall even composing and co-composing tunes with the guitar giant). But the two frontmen who complemented each other so well nonetheless couldn't blend their egos as easily. Arc Angels stands as testimony that a band needn't have a long career to have a lasting legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/1992
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 720642446522
  • Catalog Number: 24465
  • Sales rank: 27,780

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Living in a Dream (4:52)
  2. 2 Paradise Cafe (5:14)
  3. 3 Sent by Angels (5:42)
  4. 4 Sweet Nadine (4:30)
  5. 5 Good Time (4:46)
  6. 6 See What Tomorrow Brings (6:26)
  7. 7 Always Believed in You (4:54)
  8. 8 The Famous Jane (4:30)
  9. 9 Spanish Moon (5:46)
  10. 10 Carry Me On (4:07)
  11. 11 Shape I'm In (4:06)
  12. 12 Too Many Ways to Fall (5:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Arc Angels Primary Artist
Charlie Sexton Guitar, Vocals
Ian McLagan Keyboards
Chris Layton Drums, Background Vocals
Tommy Shannon Bass, Background Vocals
Doyle Bramhall II Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul Producer
Dave McNair Engineer
Little Steven Producer
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