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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
For his fifth album, Mem Shannon continues the mix of funk -- well, soul, really -- and blues that's been his trademark. Along with his own work, he turns in a delightful, heartfelt and bluesy cover of "Eleanor Rigby" that does full justice to the song and adds a tasty midnight-tenor sax solo from Jason Mingledorff. On the way to that cut, there's plenty of meat, like the opener, "The Reason" and "Perfect World," both of which bring political overtones to soul, and the humorous "I'll Kiss a Pitbull" whose spoken opening harks bark to the quiet storm years of soul music in the 1980s. Shannon doesn't exercise his powerful guitar chops a huge amount on this disc, but at this...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
For his fifth album, Mem Shannon continues the mix of funk -- well, soul, really -- and blues that's been his trademark. Along with his own work, he turns in a delightful, heartfelt and bluesy cover of "Eleanor Rigby" that does full justice to the song and adds a tasty midnight-tenor sax solo from Jason Mingledorff. On the way to that cut, there's plenty of meat, like the opener, "The Reason" and "Perfect World," both of which bring political overtones to soul, and the humorous "I'll Kiss a Pitbull" whose spoken opening harks bark to the quiet storm years of soul music in the 1980s. Shannon doesn't exercise his powerful guitar chops a huge amount on this disc, but at this stage he doesn't need to; a decade into his recording career he has nothing to prove. But when he does crank it up, as on "No Religion," it's obvious he means every note. Instead, it's his singing that's front and center, and he's never sounded better, with more depth and resonance in that warm voice. The closer, "We Going," has his guitar sounding more than a little like B.B. King, his most obvious blues influence, but the horns give the whole piece a Memphis swing and he leaves on a good workout. Once again, Shannon hits the bullseye.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/19/2005
  • Label: Northern Blues
  • UPC: 809509002924
  • Catalog Number: 29
  • Sales rank: 114,453

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Reason (3:09)
  2. 2 Swing Tiger Swing (5:17)
  3. 3 Perfect World (3:11)
  4. 4 Phunkville (10:03)
  5. 5 I'll Kiss a Pitbull (6:16)
  6. 6 Battle Ground (5:36)
  7. 7 The Lights of Caracas (I Didn't Know) (5:53)
  8. 8 Sweet Potato (4:06)
  9. 9 No Religion (5:17)
  10. 10 Forget About Me (4:47)
  11. 11 Eleanor Rigby (7:20)
  12. 12 Ignant Stick (3:52)
  13. 13 We Going (4:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mem Shannon Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Robert Dabon Keyboards
Billy Martin Percussion, Guest Appearance
Barney Floyd Trumpet
Jason Mingledorff Clarinet, Saxophone, Soloist
Doug Belote Drums
Michael Ian Bass
Josh "The Little Kid" Milligan Drums
Tyrone Pollard Background Vocals
A.C. Gayden Jr. Guitar, Guest Appearance
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews Trombone, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Mem Shannon Producer, Audio Production
Jason Mingledorff Horn Arrangements
Adam Sloat Executive Producer, Art Direction, Management
Brad Blackwood Mastering
Chris Finney Engineer
Jimmy Glickman Executive Producer
Jay Stakelon Art Direction
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