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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Veteran producer Mike Vernon, known for his work with John Mayall and other British blues stars of the 1960s on Decca Records' Deram label and his own Blue Horizon imprint, came out of retirement to handle this, the second album by 19-year-old guitarist and singer Oli Brown, and it's easy to tell why. Brown is very much in the tradition of the people Vernon used to work with, which is to say that he is steeped in that distinctly British version of the blues, a style that has a heavy complement of rock & roll in it. Enough teenagers have turned out competent blues guitar records to make Brown's authority, even at so young an age, believable. Fans always talk about ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Veteran producer Mike Vernon, known for his work with John Mayall and other British blues stars of the 1960s on Decca Records' Deram label and his own Blue Horizon imprint, came out of retirement to handle this, the second album by 19-year-old guitarist and singer Oli Brown, and it's easy to tell why. Brown is very much in the tradition of the people Vernon used to work with, which is to say that he is steeped in that distinctly British version of the blues, a style that has a heavy complement of rock & roll in it. Enough teenagers have turned out competent blues guitar records to make Brown's authority, even at so young an age, believable. Fans always talk about the feeling necessary to play the blues, but the mechanics of it require a technical dexterity that can be commanded by players with young, supple fingers. Brown has such fingers, along with a good voice and an ability to come up with serviceable tunes. Has he suffered enough to play the blues? Maybe not, but he displays a combination of ability and freshness that overcomes the familiarity of the riffs and runs he plays; coming from him, they are not quite new, but certainly not as rote as they might be for an older musician whose pedigree might be better established.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • Label: Ruf
  • UPC: 710347116028
  • Catalog Number: 1160
  • Sales rank: 68,654

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Evil Soul (4:28)
  2. 2 Makes Me Wonder (3:40)
  3. 3 Keeping My Options Open (4:25)
  4. 4 Speechless (4:30)
  5. 5 Fever (3:01)
  6. 6 Not a Word I Say (4:49)
  7. 7 I Can Make Your Day (4:56)
  8. 8 Real Good Time (3:56)
  9. 9 Take a Look Back (3:09)
  10. 10 No Diggity (4:19)
  11. 11 Love's Gone Cold (7:15)
  12. 12 On Top of the World (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oli Brown Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Mike Vernon Tambourine, Background Vocals
Dave Lennox Keyboards
Jamie Little Percussion, Drums
David Lennox Keyboards
Mike Veron Tambourine, Background Vocals
Gary Rackham Bass
Technical Credits
Bill Withers Composer
Mike Vernon Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Chauncey Hannibal Composer
Teddy Riley Composer
John Davenport Composer
Sean Lynch Engineer, Mastering
Richard Vick Composer
Lynise Walters Composer
Don McKay Liner Notes
Michael Van Merwyk Artwork
William Stewart Composer
Oli Brown Composer
Damon Sawyer Engineer
Eddie J. Cooley Composer
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