At His Best: Live

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Atlanta's Landslide label only released two of Sean Costello's four albums during his life, but has been the most aggressive at maintaining, and perhaps even elevating, his profile in the blues world with two posthumous collections. The first wrapped up some previously recorded tracks, both studio and live, with a smattering of rare material. This is the second and, as the title specifies, it captures Costello on-stage with 18 heretofore unavailable-on-CD performances. The audio varies wildly from near professional quality to what sounds like a pretty good cassette recording at Buddy Guy's Legends club, but the playing is uniformly supercharged. Costello, who passed away ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Atlanta's Landslide label only released two of Sean Costello's four albums during his life, but has been the most aggressive at maintaining, and perhaps even elevating, his profile in the blues world with two posthumous collections. The first wrapped up some previously recorded tracks, both studio and live, with a smattering of rare material. This is the second and, as the title specifies, it captures Costello on-stage with 18 heretofore unavailable-on-CD performances. The audio varies wildly from near professional quality to what sounds like a pretty good cassette recording at Buddy Guy's Legends club, but the playing is uniformly supercharged. Costello, who passed away on the eve of his 29th birthday in 2008, had toured relentlessly and really was at his best in front of an audience as these recordings, grabbed from 2000-2007 but never intended for release, clearly show. Along with his blistering blues guitar as evidenced on "T-Bone Boogie" and Magic Sam's "All Your Love," Costello loved soul and funk, and half of this collection features his versions of relatively obscure R&B material that feels as natural as the more rootsy Chicago blues he's best known for. Covers of Bobby Womack's "Check It Out," the Tyrone Davis classic "Can I Change My Mind," and Johnnie Taylor's "Doing My Thing" crackle with tough, occasionally playful energy and enthusiasm. Blues fans naturally gravitate to Costello's reverential yet fluid guitar work, but these songs show him to be a riveting singer with a gruff voice that sounded far older than his birth year would indicate. When he lets loose on Johnny Guitar Watson's "Motor Head Baby," he sounds possessed and his workout on Robert Ward's "Peace of Mind" takes the original and shoots it full of adrenaline with a guitar solo that's tense and brittle. He even gives the great Mike Bloomfield a run for his money when he tackles Bloomfield's "You're Killing My Love," a tune he likely learned from Otis Rush's version, and unleashes a feral solo that would be definitive if it was better recorded. Those who never got a chance to experience Costello live can get a sense of what audiences raved about and for those lucky enough to have seen him on a hot night, it's a terrific souvenir from a talented young blues -- and soul -- man whose best years were probably still ahead of him.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2011
  • Label: Landslide
  • UPC: 012886104024
  • Catalog Number: 1040
  • Sales rank: 79,029

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 [Untitled] (0:12)
  2. 2 San-Ho-Zay (5:31)
  3. 3 Blue Shadows (5:29)
  4. 4 T-Bone Boogie (4:32)
  5. 5 All Your Love (5:22)
  6. 6 I Get a Feeling (3:43)
  7. 7 Check It Out (3:49)
  8. 8 Can I Change My Mind? (3:19)
  9. 9 You're Killing My Love (3:31)
  10. 10 Reconsider Baby (3:06)
  11. 11 Doing My Own Thing (5:38)
  12. 12 The Hucklebuck (5:07)
  13. 13 Motor Head Baby (4:52)
  14. 14 Hold On This Time (4:02)
  15. 15 The Battle is Over But the War Goes On (4:27)
  16. 16 Peace of Mind (4:57)
  17. 17 Lucille (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sean Costello Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Terrence Prather Drums
Paul Linden Organ, Harmonica, Piano
Matt Wauchope Organ, Piano
Melvin Zachary Bass
Aaron Trubic Bass
Ray Hangen Drums
Technical Credits
Lowell Fulson Composer
Lloyd Glenn Composer
Freddie King Composer
Johnnie Taylor Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Andy Gibson Composer
Donald Davis Composer
Nick Gravenites Composer
T-Bone Walker Composer
Sonny Thompson Composer
Robert Ward Composer
Homer Banks Composer
Mario Delagarde Composer
Rodney Mills Mastering
Maurice Rogers Composer
Michael Rothschild Producer
Samuel Maghett Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Raymond Jackson Composer
Carl Wolfolk Composer
Barry Despenza Composer
Jerry Winn Composer
Mike Bloomfield Composer
Vincent Tseng Cover Photo, Inside Photo
John Watson Composer
Tom Hyslop Liner Notes, Back Cover Photo
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