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Deep in America
     

Deep in America

by Hollywood Blue Flames
 
A tasteful and elegantly modern blues band with jazzy overtones, the Hollywood Flames came together in 1975 on the West Coast as the Hollywood Fats Band, led by guitar phenom Michael "Hollywood Fats" Mann and featuring Larry Taylor on bass and drums, Richard Innes on piano and Hammond B-3,

Overview

A tasteful and elegantly modern blues band with jazzy overtones, the Hollywood Flames came together in 1975 on the West Coast as the Hollywood Fats Band, led by guitar phenom Michael "Hollywood Fats" Mann and featuring Larry Taylor on bass and drums, Richard Innes on piano and Hammond B-3, Fred Kaplan on piano and guitar, and harmonica whiz and vocalist Al Blake. The group specialized in a kind of informed update of the classic electric blues bands of the 1950s, but were also capable of eerily accurate acoustic versions of old country blues standards from the 1920s or shifting into New Orleans piano romps, keeping traditions alive while giving them a sonic push forward at the same time. Mann's death in 1986 brought the band to a close until 2005 when the original members reunited as the Hollywood Blue Flames, this time with guitarist Kirk Fletcher aboard, and continued making vital blues music in the same vein as the original group. Deep in America is the band's third album released under the Hollywood Blue Flames name, and while it would be wrong to say that Mann isn't missed, Fletcher plays on these tracks like the only feasible substitute. It works, and it works for the same reason the Hollywood Fats Band worked -- passion and intelligence. These guys know the history of the blues but they seem to understand the genre's emotional center as well, with tracks like the perfectly and wearily poised "Leavin' California," and they also don't forget that people need to step it up and dance -- check out the easily rolling piano shuffles "Crescent City Rock" and "Hushpuppy" for proof of that. A second disc is included in this package that features vintage live cuts from the original Hollywood Fats Band -- so in a way, Mann is aboard here, too.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/19/2010
Label:
Delta Groove Prod
UPC:
0850021001445
catalogNumber:
136
Rank:
114752

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hollywood Blue Flames   Primary Artist
Larry Taylor   Bass,Group Member
Duncan   Drums
Mike "Hollywood Fats" Mann   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Richard Innes   Drums,Group Member
Fred Kaplan   Piano,Group Member
Junior Watson   Guitar
Kirk Fletcher   Guitar
Blake   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Freddie King   Composer
Jimmy McCracklin   Composer
Arthur Neal Gunter   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Larry Taylor   Arranger,Composer,Photo Courtesy
Sonny Thompson   Composer
Joe Bellamy   Engineer
Robert Bruce   Composer
Peter Chatman   Composer
Randy Chortkoff   Executive Producer
Richard Innes   Arranger,Composer
Fred Kaplan   Arranger,Composer
L.C. McKinley   Composer
Avery Parrish   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson   Composer
Buddy Feyne   Composer
Blake   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Jody Best   Promoter
Katie Calen   Engineer
Miriam Hospodar   Liner Notes,Paintings

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