Clean Getaway

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Call this the album that almost never was. In 2006 Curtis Salgado was diagnosed with liver cancer and given eight months to live unless he underwent a half-million-dollar operation. The money was raised from benefits by friends of Salgado such as Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Steve Miller, and Taj Mahal, and donations from fans. After the successful transplant, the cancer spread to his lungs, requiring yet another operation. On his first post-cancer release, anyone not knowing what he went through would be astonished that he could come out of the ordeal sounding this healthy. Salgado enlisted members of the Phantom Blues Band and drummer/producer Tony Braunagel to handle the ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Call this the album that almost never was. In 2006 Curtis Salgado was diagnosed with liver cancer and given eight months to live unless he underwent a half-million-dollar operation. The money was raised from benefits by friends of Salgado such as Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Steve Miller, and Taj Mahal, and donations from fans. After the successful transplant, the cancer spread to his lungs, requiring yet another operation. On his first post-cancer release, anyone not knowing what he went through would be astonished that he could come out of the ordeal sounding this healthy. Salgado enlisted members of the Phantom Blues Band and drummer/producer Tony Braunagel to handle the backing, and the combination is a natural extension of the soul-blues stew the singer/harpist has been cooking up since his first solo album in 1991. It takes confidence in your vocal abilities to cover tunes sung by Smokey Robinson ("Who's Lovin' You"), Al Green ("Let's Get Married"), and Little Richard ("I Don't Want to Discuss It"), but Salgado is up to the challenge and turns in striking performances that do justice to -- or, in the case of the Robinson tune, improve on -- the originals. Elsewhere, Salgado wades in the rocking swamp blues of "Heartache," shifts into Johnny "Guitar" Watson funk-soul mode for the title track, and heads to Memphis for the Hi-styled "Drivin' in the Drivin' Rain," the latter one of four originals co-written by Salgado. There's more than a little Delbert McClinton to his raspy voice, which he uses to terrific effect on the moody, obsessive "My Confessions." The rollicking Clapton tune "Bottle of Red Wine" is a perfect vehicle for Salgado's soul shake, and gives him a chance to blow some tough harp. Blues looms large in his catalog of influences, and Salgado pays tribute to one of the genre's icons in "20 Years of B.B. King" with lyrics comprised predominantly of King song titles. It sounds corny, but he pulls it off due to his obvious sincerity and by playing it straight. The connection with the Phantom Blues Band is both natural and inspired as they lay into this material but never steal the spotlight from Salgado, who sounds enthused and, well, glad to be alive. Comebacks don't get much sweeter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2008
  • Label: Shanachie
  • UPC: 016351903822
  • Catalog Number: 9038
  • Sales rank: 102,933

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Curtis Salgado Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeff Golub Guitar
Tim Scott Background Vocals
Mike Finnigan Keyboards
Marlon McClain Guitar
Tony Braunagel Drums
Jon Cleary Piano
Julie Delgado Background Vocals
Les Lovitt Trumpet
Melodye Perry Background Vocals
Michito Sánchez Percussion
Johnny Lee Schell Guitar, Background Vocals
Joe Sublett Saxophone
Larry Fulcher Bass
Jacob Wolf Guitar
Technical Credits
Al Green Composer
Bonnie Bramlett Composer
Delaney Bramlett Composer
Marlon McClain Producer, Audio Production
Tony Braunagel Producer
Eric Clapton Composer
Curtis Salgado Composer, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Johnny Lee Schell Engineer
Joe Sublett Horn Arrangements
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Dave Mills Horn Arrangements
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Clean Getaway album by Curtis Salgado

    As stated on the album cover, Curtis Salgado ia a true soull singer. Wheather he is singing blues, R&B, rock or any other style. His redition of "Who Lovin' You" is just great. He does a good job on "20 Years of B.B. King" and the guitar work on this song will remind you of the King. The song "Drivin' In The Drivin' Rain" is a hard driving rock song. His redition of an old Al Green song "Let's Get Married" is nearly as good as the orginal. I enjoyed eleven of the twelve tracks on this album.

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