Blackwater Surprise

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All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Robert Bradley was a Detroit street singer for years before he was convinced to enter the studio by a group of young alternative rockers. The resulting album, Blackwater Surprise, is indeed surprising -- an effective collaboration between a blind blues musician and a sympathetic Detroit rock trio. The band wisely decided to stay in the background and let Bradley do his thing -- namely, improvising blues and soul shuffles and stomps in his extraordinary voice. On paper, the music sounds simple, but there's unexpected depth -- there are shades of gospel, soul, Motown and hard rock on the album, and a string section appears on a handful of cuts. Most of the album consists of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Robert Bradley was a Detroit street singer for years before he was convinced to enter the studio by a group of young alternative rockers. The resulting album, Blackwater Surprise, is indeed surprising -- an effective collaboration between a blind blues musician and a sympathetic Detroit rock trio. The band wisely decided to stay in the background and let Bradley do his thing -- namely, improvising blues and soul shuffles and stomps in his extraordinary voice. On paper, the music sounds simple, but there's unexpected depth -- there are shades of gospel, soul, Motown and hard rock on the album, and a string section appears on a handful of cuts. Most of the album consists of first takes, and the music has an infectious, spontaneous feeling that is exhilarating. It may have taken Bradley a long time to enter the studio, but this unique record was worth the wait. [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/1996
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 078636691923
  • Catalog Number: 66919
  • Sales rank: 90,805

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bellybone (4:26)
  2. 2 Comin' Down (3:29)
  3. 3 California (3:32)
  4. 4 Shake It Off (3:01)
  5. 5 Once upon a Time (3:20)
  6. 6 Trouble Brother (4:10)
  7. 7 Way Back (3:33)
  8. 8 Governor (4:42)
  9. 9 Burn (2:35)
  10. 10 After You Love (4:20)
  11. 11 For the Night (4:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Organ, Piano, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Ed Hawrysch Organ, Wurlitzer
Michael Nehra Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals
Johnny Evans Saxophone
Andrew Nehra Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Jeff Fowlkes Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Jimmy Bones Organ
Technical Credits
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Michael Nehra Producer, Engineer
Amy Wenzler Art Direction
Andrew Nehra Producer, Cover Design
Jack Nelson Cover Design
Pete d'Agostino Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Do yourself a favor...

    If you like the blues buy this recored. I have been listening to it for 10+ years now and it is still as good as ever. People unfamiliar with Robert Bradley always stop and inquire who is performing when they here it for the first time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best R&B Albums Ever Made!!

    The slowness of some of the blues songs to the driving rock of others captures the essence of R&B. Robert Bradley's voice is just haunting. My favorite song would have to be once upon a time. Check out Bradley's bio, its really incredible what he came from.

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