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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Leon Redbone followed up his debut long-player On the Track 1975 with Double Time 1977, an equally enchanting, if not somewhat eclectic blend, of jazz, folk, blues and pop standards -- all in Redbone's undeniably distinct throaty baritone. While the tunes may be familiar, these renderings are steeped in the artist's unique sensibilities. The results are uniformly ingenious and commence with a New Orleans ragtime flavored interpretation of Blind Boy Blake's dirty "Diddy Wa Diddie" blues. Augmenting Redbone's acoustic guitar is an extended cast of session stalwarts and a host of other musical notables -- such as Milt Hinton bass, Jonathan Dorn tuba, Vic Dickenson trombone ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Leon Redbone followed up his debut long-player On the Track 1975 with Double Time 1977, an equally enchanting, if not somewhat eclectic blend, of jazz, folk, blues and pop standards -- all in Redbone's undeniably distinct throaty baritone. While the tunes may be familiar, these renderings are steeped in the artist's unique sensibilities. The results are uniformly ingenious and commence with a New Orleans ragtime flavored interpretation of Blind Boy Blake's dirty "Diddy Wa Diddie" blues. Augmenting Redbone's acoustic guitar is an extended cast of session stalwarts and a host of other musical notables -- such as Milt Hinton bass, Jonathan Dorn tuba, Vic Dickenson trombone and Jo Jones drums. Don McLean banjo sits in, supplying his criminally underutilized instrumental versatility on the endearing revamp of Jimmie Rodgers' "Mississippi Delta Blues." The decidedly demented reading of "Sheik of Araby" is nothing short of inspired insanity. Redbone incorporates a Screamin' Jay Hawkins-esque persona belting out a variety of hoots, snorts, howls and hob-gobbles set behind a hot-steppin' fret board flurry à la Django Reinhardt. Among the album's most affective numbers is a cover of a second Rodgers' penned and similarly titled "Mississippi River Blues." This is one of the more intimately emotive performances on the record and features another jazz legend, Yusef Lateef soprano sax -- who provides a sweet understated counterbalance to Redbone's dogged delivery. The track is likewise enhanced with the additional textures of the orally generated "throat tromnet" [read: a cross between a trombone and trumpet] contrasting his lyrical yodels and warbles. Also worthy of mention is the languid ragtime of the Jelly Roll Morton classic "Winin' Boy Blues." Bob Greene's ramblin' piano inflections aptly complement the vocals -- which have been electronically manipulated to reproduce a sound likened to that of a vintage victrola. Rounding out the stack is the sublimely reverent "If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven." The backing harmonies are courtesy of the incomparable Dixie Hummingbirds whose rich blend oozes from behind the minimalist lead and acoustic piano accompaniment. Potential enthusiasts are well served to begin their discovery of Leon Redbone here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992730624
  • Catalog Number: 2971
  • Sales rank: 21,696

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leon Redbone Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Human Whistle
James "Thunderbird" Davis Background Vocals
The Dixie Hummingbirds Vocals, Background Vocals
Don McLean Banjo
Jo Jones Drums
Joe Venuti Violin
Eddie Barefield Clarinet
Joe Wilder Trumpet
Eric Weissberg Banjo
Dominic Cortese Accordion
Yusef Lateef Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Lewis Algee Violin
Sanford Allen Violin
Ed Bearfield Clarinet
Dick Braff Trombone
Seeward Clark Violin
Selwart Clarke Viola
Vic Dickenson Trombone
Dick Dickinson Bass
Jonathan Dorn Horn
Milt Hinton Bass
Bruce Jones Drums
Kermit Moore Cello
Ed Pulsar Trumpet
Andrew Smith Background Vocals
Jerry Teiffer Human Whistle
Beachy Thompson Background Vocals, Human Whistle
Ed Polcer Trumpet
Mark S. Bentley Background Vocals
Lewis Elgy Violin
Frederick Mount III Background Vocals
James Walker Background Vocals
Bob Greene Piano
Technical Credits
Leon Redbone Arranger, Artwork
Al Cohn Horn Arrangements
Neil Brody Engineer
Joel Dorn Producer
Jonathan Dorn Contributor
William S. Fischer String Arrangements
Bob Liftin Engineer, Remixing
Vince McGarry Engineer, Mastering
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Michael Horen Artwork
Ernie Burnett Composer
George Norton Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still Good Redbone

    More melancoly than "On the Track" it's still well worth adding to your collection. Nobody's Sweeheart, Shine On Harvest Moon, My Melancoly Baby, Sheik of Araby set the tone for the sounds you expect from a Leon Redbone album. On the downside, Diddy Wa Diddy gets really old, really fast

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Blah.

    I bought this so I could hear another version of "Mr Jellyroll Baker," and quickly found out that I wasted my money. (The version on "Up A Lazy River" is MUCH better.) "Diddy Wah Diddie" is the only other track on this CD that I'll be listening to from time to time- this certainly is not a "must have" CD of Leon's. If you want CD's that you can listen to over and over, try "Up A Lazy River" or "Sugar" instead.

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    Posted July 12, 2009

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