I'm Gonna Live the Life I Sing About

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Danny Kalb was the bluesiest member of the Blues Project, the seminal Greenwich Village band of the mid-'60s that helped usher in the blues-rock era. A stunning guitarist, he was among the first to apply the hallmarks of then-emerging psychedelia to American roots music, alternately reeling off demonically speedy, blood-curdling, razor sharp electric solos and deeply penetrating, gutbucket Delta licks that could have come from the masters themselves -- if they'd come of age in New York City in the '60s rather than Mississippi in the '30s. He also masterfully incorporated elements of jazz, folk, and soul but Kalb barely had a chance to stake his claim as an innovator when ...
See more details below
CD
$13.54
BN.com price
(Save 15%)$15.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $10.53   
  • New (4) from $10.53   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Danny Kalb was the bluesiest member of the Blues Project, the seminal Greenwich Village band of the mid-'60s that helped usher in the blues-rock era. A stunning guitarist, he was among the first to apply the hallmarks of then-emerging psychedelia to American roots music, alternately reeling off demonically speedy, blood-curdling, razor sharp electric solos and deeply penetrating, gutbucket Delta licks that could have come from the masters themselves -- if they'd come of age in New York City in the '60s rather than Mississippi in the '30s. He also masterfully incorporated elements of jazz, folk, and soul but Kalb barely had a chance to stake his claim as an innovator when the core band split up after three albums, and he was largely forgotten except by a small hardcore group of admirers. In the ensuing decades Kalb's output has been minimal but I'm Gonna Live the Life I Sing About offers ample proof that his talent and love for the blues remain intact. Naturally, it's not as electrically charged as the Blues Project was, and it doesn't try to be as eclectic. This is more subtle and no-frills, Danny Kalb simply doing what he loves to do and does best: playing and singing classic blues. While there are a few original tunes here, and they are fine efforts, it's his remakes of staples like the opening "I Wish You Would" (Billy Boy Arnold), "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover" (Willie Dixon), "Samson & Delilah" "If I Had My Way" (Rev. Gary Davis), and "Shake Sugaree" (Elizabeth Cotten) that provide the key moments here. Alternating between acoustic and electric guitars, and working primarily with bassist Bob Jones and drummer Mark Ambrosino, Kalb's playing and singing is enthusiastic and refined, straightforward but still quite inventive. His vocals are arguably better than they were in his younger days. And he still has vision: the title track, a gospel tune by Thomas A. Dorsey, is given a slow blues treatment that may remind old fans of the Blues Project's take on "Two Trains Running," while Little Richard's rocking "Slippin' and Slidin'," a highlight of the album, is toned down and converted into an acoustic shuffle that casts a whole new light on it. Danny Kalb may never receive the historical due he is truly owed, but this set leaves no doubt that the guy's still got it.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2009
  • Label: Sojourn Records
  • UPC: 896520002019
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 148,456

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danny Kalb Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Bob Jones Bass, Acoustic Bass
Jonathan Kalb Harmonica, Slide Guitar
Lenny Nelson Bass, Electric Bass
Mark Ambrosino Organ, Percussion, Strings, Drums, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Billy Boy Arnold Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
John Lee Hooker Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Joe Williams Composer
Bernard Besman Composer
Danny Kalb Composer
Steve Katz Cover Photo
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Libba Cotten Composer
Donald Wilcock Liner Notes
Mark Ambrosino Producer, Engineer
Mark Santangelo Mastering
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously