Jim Campilongo & the 10 Gallon Cats

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Guitarist Jim Campilongo's debut is a smart and highly original homage to the country-jazz instrumental work of Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, and Chet Atkins, not to mention the blues that informs many of the best country numbers. With the help of his band the 10 Gallon Cats, Campilongo explores a variety of styles from Western swing and swamp blues to spacious mood pieces. Taking West and Bryant's fast, cartoon country-style '60s work as a starting point, Campilongo and pedal-steel player Joe Goldmark utilize a wide variety of sonic effects and tempos to forge their own distinct country-jazz sound on "Splitsville," "Big Bill," and "Blue Hen." The band also featuring bassist ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Guitarist Jim Campilongo's debut is a smart and highly original homage to the country-jazz instrumental work of Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant, and Chet Atkins, not to mention the blues that informs many of the best country numbers. With the help of his band the 10 Gallon Cats, Campilongo explores a variety of styles from Western swing and swamp blues to spacious mood pieces. Taking West and Bryant's fast, cartoon country-style '60s work as a starting point, Campilongo and pedal-steel player Joe Goldmark utilize a wide variety of sonic effects and tempos to forge their own distinct country-jazz sound on "Splitsville," "Big Bill," and "Blue Hen." The band also featuring bassist Chris Kee and drummer Ken Owen provides a nice break from these country swingers with reverb-heavy blues numbers like "Bully Cat" and "Snakestretcher." Campilongo also uses "Snakestretcher" to showcase the kind of winning contrasts that would crop up more in future compositions; here, straight blues picking gives way to an elegiac descending-line duet by Campilongo and Goldmark. More of the same is evident on "Night in Serramonte" as a tropical waltz evolves into a strolling, noir-like theme with Goldmark playing high, singing notes over Campilongo's dark guitar chords. Hopefully, Campilongo's cinematic tendencies will find their way onto a future soundtrack. For now, Jim Campilongo & the 10 Gallon Cats is evidence enough of not only Campilongo's considerable writing talents, but also the 10 Gallon Cats' accomplished playing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/1996
  • Label: Blue Hen Records
  • UPC: 714288002822
  • Catalog Number: 28
  • Sales rank: 282,298

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Splitsville (2:43)
  2. 2 Billy's Bird (2:53)
  3. 3 Snakestretcher (4:17)
  4. 4 Joe Camel (2:35)
  5. 5 Night in Serramonte (2:33)
  6. 6 Big Bill (2:28)
  7. 7 Twangin' (3:18)
  8. 8 Swingin' with the Cats (3:28)
  9. 9 Blue Hen (3:27)
  10. 10 Bully Cat (15:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Campilongo & The 10 Gallon Cats Primary Artist
Jim Campilongo Indexed Contributor, Guitar
Joe Goldmark Pedal Steel Guitar
Henry Salvia Piano
Chris Kee Bass, Bass Guitar
Ken Owen Drums
Technical Credits
Jim Campilongo Producer
Daryn Roven Engineer
Mark Crafts Executive Producer
Joe Wessling Producer
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