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Get Right With the Man
     

Get Right With the Man

3.7 4
by Van Zant
 

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Deeply soulful and hard edged, the music made by brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant -- leaders of Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special, respectively -- echoes past glories of southern rock even as it looks ahead. Get Right with the Man may well be regarded as the best record either Van Zant has ever made.

Overview

Deeply soulful and hard edged, the music made by brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant -- leaders of Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special, respectively -- echoes past glories of southern rock even as it looks ahead. Get Right with the Man may well be regarded as the best record either Van Zant has ever made. Snarling, serpentine twin lead guitars and thundering percussion have always been bedrock sounds for both Van Zants, and here the soundscape is further energized by a gospel-rooted female chorus (heard to rousing effect on the stomping "My Sweet Mama," a sizzling slice of prototypical southern soul) and the brothers' own muscular vocalizing. The richly textured "Help Somebody" advances some hard-won real-world wisdom in the lyrics, and the Van Zants sing it out with gripping conviction, bolstered by an amen chorus. Roiling and majestic, the thunderous "Things I Miss the Most" is an effective exercise in nostalgic remembrance as an escape from current drudgery. The crunching, hard-rock manifesto "Lovin' You" extolls the refocused life, complete with sassy gospel choristers and a celebratory ambiance. Kicking off with a rustic banjo riff, "Been There Done That" opens out into an elaborately constructed showcase number in which an urgent gospel chorus, a surly wah-wah guitar, a tasty church-style organ, and a screeching fiddle frame a powerhouse testimony from Donnie about leaving behind his youthful indiscretions and indulgences. Examine the lyrics, and you'll hear the Van Zants aging gracefully; feel the fury of the music, and you know they're ready to go ten rounds if you cross 'em.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
When brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant get together, it's not just another record in the country-rock world, it's an event. The instantly identifiable voices of .38 Special and Lynyrd Skynyrd are teaming up for the first time under their own surname (just Van Zant) -- and the results are nothing short of a modern southern classic. Leaning more on the country side of things than rock is a big risk, but one that pays off. The themes of the 11-song showcase tread familiar waters: love, loss, heartache, family, being homesick, and partying -- all make their grand appearances in here in one fashion or another. But the real gem of Get Right with the Man is the sincerity with which these topics are treated. Never have the brothers sounded so relaxed behind a microphone, and the results are a pure southern barnburner of a good time from start to finish.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2005
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969350027
catalogNumber:
93500

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Tracks

  1. Takin' Up Space
  2. Nobody Gonna Tell Me What to Do
  3. Sweet Mama
  4. Help Somebody
  5. Things I Miss the Most
  6. I Know My History
  7. I Can't Help Myself
  8. I'm Doin' Alright
  9. Lovin' You
  10. Plain Jane

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Van Zant   Primary Artist
Glen Duncan   Fiddle
Eric Darken   Percussion
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Greg Morrow   Percussion,Drums
Russ Pahl   Banjo,Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Michael Rhodes   Bass Guitar
John Willis   Acoustic Guitar
Glenn Worf   Bass Guitar
Reese Wynans   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Jeffrey Steele   Background Vocals
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Butch Carr   overdub engineer
Robert White Johnson   Composer
Michael Lunn   Composer
Steve Marcantonio   overdub engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Tim Nichols   Composer
Kip Raines   Composer
Joe Scaife   Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Van Zant   Composer
Donnie Van Zant   Composer
Billy Joe Walker   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Mark Wright   Producer,Audio Production
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Jeffrey Steele   Composer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Rivers Rutherford   Composer
Blair Daly   Composer
Chip Mattews   overdub engineer
Brad Warren   Composer
Deb Haus   Art Direction,Artist Development
Sylvia Meiler   Creative Producer
Chip Matthews   overdub engineer
Bobby Pinson   Composer
Nicole Newell   grooming
Tony Mullins   Composer

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Get Right With the Man 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great CD!! I liked takin up space & get right with the man! All the tracks were good though. Looking forward to the followup!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is terrific. Just listening to it puts you in a great mood. Their voices are wonderful. Takin up Space is my favorite but I love them all. Buy this CD, you'll love it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Buyer beware! Sony did some weird things with this CD. You can only burn it three times, you CANNOT create an mp3 file from the songs for your portable mp3 player. I convert all my bought musice to mp3's to take them to work, walking, etc...NO CAN DO with this one though. Sony will not get my business again. I beleive if i buy the CD, i should be able to play it on all my players, not just my auto cd player and computer. How about my mp3 player?--NOPE. BEWARE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD contains dangerous software that can open the door for hackers. When removed, it can completely disable your CD drive! Run away from this album and any other Sony products.