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Nashville's retro-soul band the Dynamites has two things going for it. The first is its leader, guitarist Leo Black real name Bill Elder, who writes new material steeped in the traditions of 1960s and '70s soul and funk, giving the group a repertoire that is familiar but not too familiar. The second is featured lead singer Charles Walker, the 65-year-old soul veteran who gives the Dynamites a direct connection to the music and time they honor. These are, however, also the elements that the Dynamites have going against them. Black's basic template is the James Brown band, but he also creates music and arrangements that recall Curtis Mayfield "Can't Have Enough", the ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nashville's retro-soul band the Dynamites has two things going for it. The first is its leader, guitarist Leo Black real name Bill Elder, who writes new material steeped in the traditions of 1960s and '70s soul and funk, giving the group a repertoire that is familiar but not too familiar. The second is featured lead singer Charles Walker, the 65-year-old soul veteran who gives the Dynamites a direct connection to the music and time they honor. These are, however, also the elements that the Dynamites have going against them. Black's basic template is the James Brown band, but he also creates music and arrangements that recall Curtis Mayfield "Can't Have Enough", the smooth soul of various vocal groups "I Got Love [For You]", and even early-'60s Jamaican rocksteady "The Real Deal". But every time he brings to mind some established artist or style of the glory days of R&B, he competes with it unsuccessfully a problem that is more apparent on record than in concert, admittedly. And while Walker has the authentic sound of a soul singer of his era, it's no accident that he never became a star. He lacks the quality of uniqueness that set apart each of the great soul singers and made them memorable. It's perhaps not surprising, then, that the album's mix does not favor him. He is audible, certainly, but no more so than the rhythm section or the horns. It's appropriate that the billing for this band is the Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker, not Charles Walker & the Dynamites, because that's what Walker sounds like on this disc, a featured performer rather than a dominating one. Thus, an album by the group is basically a calling card or souvenir of their live show more than a standalone entity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/2009
  • Label: Thirty Tigers
  • UPC: 705105679730
  • Catalog Number: 56797

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Burn It Down - Charles Walker (3:50)
  2. 2 If I Had Known - Charles Walker (4:22)
  3. 3 Somebody's Got It Better - Charles Walker (4:18)
  4. 4 Can't Have Enough - Charles Walker (4:34)
  5. 5 Do the Right Thing - Charles Walker (4:15)
  6. 6 I Got Love for You - Charles Walker (4:35)
  7. 7 Treadneck - Charles Walker (1:50)
  8. 8 Somebody Stop Me - Charles Walker (4:29)
  9. 9 (It's A) Sunny Day - Charles Walker (4:42)
  10. 10 The Third Degree - Charles Walker (3:42)
  11. 11 If You Don't Mean It - Charles Walker (5:09)
  12. 12 The Real Deal - Charles Walker (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Dynamites Primary Artist
Tyrone Dickerson Organ
Jonathan Jackson Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Derrek Phillips Drums
Charles E. Walker Vocals
Oscar Utterström Trombone
Leo Black Guitar, Vocals
Charles Walker Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Romanowski Mastering
Michael Modesto Engineer
Charles E. Walker Lyricist
Leo Black Arranger, Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Bill Elder Engineer
Charles Walker Composer, Lyricist
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