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Let's Talk About Love
     

Let's Talk About Love

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by Lurrie Bell
 
Lurrie Bell kicks off Let's Talk About Love with a song about love, a move that might seem a bit odd or risky for anyone steeped in blues tradition. It's a tradition, after all, that has often seemed like a depository of relationship problems and sexual come-ons. Bell delivers the upbeat "Let's Talk About Love" against the backdrop of a full electric band

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Lurrie Bell kicks off Let's Talk About Love with a song about love, a move that might seem a bit odd or risky for anyone steeped in blues tradition. It's a tradition, after all, that has often seemed like a depository of relationship problems and sexual come-ons. Bell delivers the upbeat "Let's Talk About Love" against the backdrop of a full electric band featuring his own stinging guitar work. Bell is joined by a "loose but together" band, featuring rhythm guitarist Anthony Palmer, bassist Felton Crews, drummer Kenny Smith, pianist Sidney James Wingfield, and a number of guests. The players are comfortable with one another, and each is in his own element whether tackling a slow burner like "Chicago Is Loaded with the Blues" or a swinging number like "You Ought to Be Ashamed." Of course the promise of the opener, "Let's Talk About Love," is too good to last, attested to by titles like "You Ought to Be Ashamed" and "Why (Am I Treated So Bad)." These songs are a cliché for sure and certain to never make it onto a Gloria Steinem mixtape, but as far as blues go, they sound superb. Bell makes sure to alter his tempos and arrangements to keep the listener listening, and there is also an interesting acoustic arrangement for "Feeling Good." For blues fans and anyone who enjoys good roots music, Bell and his comrades have made a solid album.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2007
Label:
Aria B.G. Records
UPC:
0827912070743
catalogNumber:
1

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lurrie Bell   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Billy Branch   Harmonica
Felton Crews   Bass,Bass Guitar
Anthony Palmer   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Matthew Skoller   Harmonica
Sidney James Wingfield   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ
Kenny Smith   Percussion,Drums
Kenny Smith & The Loveliters   Percussion,Drums
Johnny ''Fingers'' Iguana   Piano
Jimmy Johnson   Background Vocals
Laurie Lee   Guitar

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Ray Agee   Composer
Hip Linkchain   Composer
Roebuck "Pops" Staples   Composer
Susan Greenberg   Cover Photo
Matthew Skoller   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Otis Smokey Smothers   Composer
Richard Penniman   Composer
Ricky Bates   Management
Billy Flynn   Composer
Nancy Meyer   Management
Larry Skoller   Composer,Producer

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Let's Talk About Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Lurrie on 2/29/08 in Kalamazoo, MI, and got him to sign this album. It is a modern classic, rooted in Chicago's rich blues tradition. Every track is a killer, especially "Earthquake & Hurricane", an old Willie Dixon number. The musicianship is outstanding and Lurrie's voice is as raw as it gets. If you haven't heard Lurrie, this is a great place to start. If you are already a fan, this will not disappoint.