Crazy Kind of Life

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Joined again by shotgun-riding guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer Jimmy Vivino who wrote or co-penned six tunes, New Yorker Bill Perry's second Blind Pig album wallows in his gruff, no-frills blues
ock. Neither Perry's throaty voice, workingman lyrics, nor guitar sound are particularly recognizable, yet he gets by on enthusiasm and fiery playing, raising the temperature on such trite concepts as "Too Hot" with his rugged, straightforward attack. Explorations into light funk "Take You Down" and gospel "Morning Spiritual" is the album's only instrumental effectively break up the tough roots rocking that remains the album's core ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Joined again by shotgun-riding guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer Jimmy Vivino who wrote or co-penned six tunes, New Yorker Bill Perry's second Blind Pig album wallows in his gruff, no-frills blues
ock. Neither Perry's throaty voice, workingman lyrics, nor guitar sound are particularly recognizable, yet he gets by on enthusiasm and fiery playing, raising the temperature on such trite concepts as "Too Hot" with his rugged, straightforward attack. Explorations into light funk "Take You Down" and gospel "Morning Spiritual" is the album's only instrumental effectively break up the tough roots rocking that remains the album's core attraction. As clich├ęd as the sounds and sentiments of the Stevie Ray Vaughan-ish "Can't Buy My Love" or the good-natured misogyny of "Girl's Gone Crazy" are, Perry delivers them with such exuberant finesse that they click, regardless of how religiously both stay within standard guidelines of the genre. Slide excursions on the opening "Trouble in the Shotgun" and the Elmore James riffage of "500 Miles" also tread familiar territory. Only a well-intentioned but entirely out-of-place near-acoustic version of the Rolling Stones' "No Expectations" with Perry's old employer, Richie Havens, on vocals and acoustic guitar derails the mood on this perfectly adequate, energetic, enjoyable, but hardly essential release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2002
  • Label: Blind Pig
  • UPC: 019148507821
  • Catalog Number: 5078
  • Sales rank: 172,746

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Trouble in the Shotgun (2:50)
  2. 2 Crazy Kind of Life (5:00)
  3. 3 Too Hot (3:12)
  4. 4 Honey Pie (3:22)
  5. 5 Take You Down (3:35)
  6. 6 500 Miles (3:42)
  7. 7 Junkie (3:01)
  8. 8 Can't Buy My Love (4:36)
  9. 9 Morning Spiritual (3:51)
  10. 10 Girl's Gone Crazy (3:40)
  11. 11 No Expectations (5:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Perry Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Richie Havens Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Johnny B. Gayden Bass
Christy O'Leary Harmonica
Jimmy Vivino Organ, Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals
Jeremy Baum Organ
Frank Pagano Percussion
David Bennett Cohen Piano
Rob Curtis Drums
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Blaise Barton Mastering
Edward Chmelewski Executive Producer
Jerry del Giudice Executive Producer
Paul Orofino Producer, Engineer
Hedy West Composer
Jimmy Vivino Producer
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