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Blackwater Surprise
     

Blackwater Surprise

by Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
 

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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

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/1996
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0078636691923
catalogNumber:
66919
Rank:
127395

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Performance Credits

Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Ed Hawrysch   Organ,Wurlitzer
Michael Nehra   Acoustic 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

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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