Lava

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Levine's fourth album veers away from the country chicken-picking on his debut and toward a much more bluesy direction this time around. Although instrumental showcases like Buck Owens' "Buckaroo" done here as if Roger McGuinn was picking and Duane Eddy's "Stalkin'" keep the twang quotient at a reasonable level, the Les Paul-meets-Joe Maphis organ-combo shuffle hybrid of "Quiz Show" and the Latin swing of the title track shows Levine stretching his musical muscles in more than one direction. The backwards guitar solo and Echoplex swoops on "Force Field," the ethereal drift of "Far Away," the rockin' "North of the Border," the eerily vibed set closer "In the Dark" and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Levine's fourth album veers away from the country chicken-picking on his debut and toward a much more bluesy direction this time around. Although instrumental showcases like Buck Owens' "Buckaroo" done here as if Roger McGuinn was picking and Duane Eddy's "Stalkin'" keep the twang quotient at a reasonable level, the Les Paul-meets-Joe Maphis organ-combo shuffle hybrid of "Quiz Show" and the Latin swing of the title track shows Levine stretching his musical muscles in more than one direction. The backwards guitar solo and Echoplex swoops on "Force Field," the ethereal drift of "Far Away," the rockin' "North of the Border," the eerily vibed set closer "In the Dark" and the decidedly non-rootsy proto-funk take on Little Willie John's "Fever" are true highlights of this varied instrumental smorgasbord platter. Levine's tone is excellent, be it clean or dirty, and he never overplays his stance on any given genre or overstays his welcome. But Levine's true ace in the hole and what lifts this album above standard retro instrumental fare is how well he ties it all together with playing that positively shimmers in spots.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/1997
  • Label: DARING RECORDS
  • UPC: 025101302822
  • Catalog Number: 3028

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Quiz Show (3:48)
  2. 2 Lovers' Lane (3:33)
  3. 3 Manhole (3:18)
  4. 4 Lava (5:07)
  5. 5 Force Field (3:56)
  6. 6 Buckaroo (2:52)
  7. 7 Far Away (3:43)
  8. 8 Fever (4:17)
  9. 9 North of the Border (3:23)
  10. 10 Stalkin' (6:57)
  11. 11 In the Dark (5:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Duke Levine Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Mandola, Omnichord, Lap Steel Guitar
Kevin Barry Acoustic Guitar
Paul Bryan Bass, Dumbek, bass pedals
Dana Colley Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Billy Conway Drums
Lorne Entress Percussion, Drums
Michael Rivard Tamboura
Mark Sandman Keyboards, Slide Guitar
Tom West Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Jay Bellerose Percussion, Drums
Sonny Barbato Accordion
Technical Credits
Duke Levine Composer, Producer, Contributor
Mason Daring Producer
Paul Bryan Sound Effects
Dana Colley Contributor
Billy Conway Contributor
Lorne Entress Contributor
John Jennings Contributor
Jennifer Kimball Contributor, Booklet Design
Mark Sandman Contributor
Tom West Contributor
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Jim Siegel Engineer
Chris Rival Engineer
Jon Carroll Contributor
Alyson Levine Cover Design
Dave Shacter Engineer, Contributor
Sonny Barbato Contributor
Bob Dawson Engineer, Contributor
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