Brother's Keeper

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All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
Why doesn't more R&B sound like this? Although hampered by a poor mix, Brother's Keeper is nevertheless a classic example of what makes the Neville Brothers so good -- and so frustrating. Tracks like the booty-shaking funk of "Brother Jake" or the gospel-tinged "Steer Me Right" are full of soulful vocals and wonderful harmonies. Aaron Neville's timeless voice is displayed beautifully on "Fearless," where he is joined by Linda Ronstadt for one of the strongest tracks on the record. The Neville Brothers' ecumenical spirituality permeates every second of Brother's Keeper, making for a few awkward moments like the head-scratching opener "Brother Blood," for example, but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
Why doesn't more R&B sound like this? Although hampered by a poor mix, Brother's Keeper is nevertheless a classic example of what makes the Neville Brothers so good -- and so frustrating. Tracks like the booty-shaking funk of "Brother Jake" or the gospel-tinged "Steer Me Right" are full of soulful vocals and wonderful harmonies. Aaron Neville's timeless voice is displayed beautifully on "Fearless," where he is joined by Linda Ronstadt for one of the strongest tracks on the record. The Neville Brothers' ecumenical spirituality permeates every second of Brother's Keeper, making for a few awkward moments like the head-scratching opener "Brother Blood," for example, but a few moments of true sublimity as when Art Neville spits "Pro choice-no choice/We're sending our sons and daughters to their slaughter" on "Sons and Daughters". The pop material on Brother's Keeper, such as Link Wray's "Fallin' Rain," works well, but other tracks, like "River of Life," seem forced. If the Neville Brothers showed a little discretion with regard to their lyrics and cut a couple tracks, they would have had a much stronger album, which in a way is as good a statement as one could make about their entire career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/1990
  • Label: Universal Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075021531222
  • Catalog Number: 5312
  • Sales rank: 1,551

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brother Blood (4:33)
  2. 2 Brother Jake (4:47)
  3. 3 Steer Me Right (3:15)
  4. 4 Fearless (4:11)
  5. 5 Sons and Daughters (5:01)
  6. 6 Fallin' Rain (4:00)
  7. 7 Jah Love (3:21)
  8. 8 River of Life (5:19)
  9. 9 Witness (4:04)
  10. 10 My Brother's Keeper (3:35)
  11. 11 Sons and Daughters (Reprise) (4:08)
  12. 12 Mystery Train (4:28)
  13. 13 Bird on a Wire (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neville Brothers Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Buffy Sainte-Marie Background Vocals
Aaron Neville Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Art Neville Keyboards, Vocals
Ivan Neville Vocals
Charles Neville Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Marva Wright Background Vocals
Malcolm Burn Background Vocals
Bill Dillon Guitar
Reggie Houston Baritone Saxophone
Darryl Johnson Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Fred Kemp Baritone Saxophone
Daniel Lanois Guitar
Roger Lewis Baritone Saxophone
Cyril Neville Percussion, Vocals
Leo Nocentelli Guitar
Renard Poché Guitar, Trombone
Eugene Ross Guitar
Emanuel Steib Trombone
Eric Struthers Guitar
Brian Stoltz Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards
Snakebite Baritone Saxophone
Willie Green Drums
Herman Bartholomew Piano, Trumpet, Vocals
Steve Jordan Bass, Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Ronald Jones Drums
Wally Wilson Keyboards
Tim Green Tenor Saxophone
Tony Hall Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Aaron Neville Composer, Producer
Art Neville Composer, Producer
Charles Neville Composer, Producer
Mark Howard Engineer
Malcolm Burn Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
David Farrell Engineer
Cyril Neville Composer, Producer
Renard Poché Composer
Don Smith Engineer
Dave Stewart Arranger, Producer
Chuck Beeson Art Direction
Charles Brady Engineer
F. Ron Miller Art Direction
Willie Green Composer
Alison Saar Artwork
Steve Jordan Producer
Tony Hall Composer, Contributor
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