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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Recorded for Norwegian radio on a night when he and his band were exploding with funk, blues, and rock, Delbert McClinton's first live album both explains his recent acclaim and begs the question of why it took so long for everyone to appreciate what he's been laying down for the last three decades. Live borrows from the past on a fiercely smoking rendition of McClinton's 1980 R&B classic, "Giving It Up for Your Love," and "B-Movie Boxcar Blues," energized by an extended blues jam that features Delbert wailing and moaning on his harp like nobody's business. The set also takes a firm stand in the present with the grooving, horn-fired southern funk of "Leap of Faith" ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Recorded for Norwegian radio on a night when he and his band were exploding with funk, blues, and rock, Delbert McClinton's first live album both explains his recent acclaim and begs the question of why it took so long for everyone to appreciate what he's been laying down for the last three decades. Live borrows from the past on a fiercely smoking rendition of McClinton's 1980 R&B classic, "Giving It Up for Your Love," and "B-Movie Boxcar Blues," energized by an extended blues jam that features Delbert wailing and moaning on his harp like nobody's business. The set also takes a firm stand in the present with the grooving, horn-fired southern funk of "Leap of Faith" and lays on the heartbreak in two beautiful, blues-based tear-jerkers, "Don't Want to Love You" and a wrenching cover of Otis Redding's "I've Got Dreams to Remember." That's the template for a memorable night, although the emphasis is clearly on the up-tempo killers. Already wise to his most recent studio gems, the Grammy-winning Nothing Personal and 2002's powerhouse Room to Breathe, McClinton fans will find much to chew on in the soul stews of "I Wanna Thank You Baby," "New York City," and "A Fine and Healthy Thing," among others. Until his next round of new material surfaces, Live is one steamroller of a career overview.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The best way to experience Delbert McClinton's rowdy roadhouse combination of blues, roots rock, R&B, country, and Tex-Mex is on-stage with a couple of hundred other fans on a Saturday night. In that spirit, McClinton's second live album, and first since 1989's Live from Austin, documents a single 2003 performance at Norway's Bergen Blues Festival. Originally intended only as a radio broadcast, this is an unpolished example of a typical show. Although it shares five songs with its single-disc predecessor, Live features McClinton weaving newer material in with hits he's been playing for decades, such as "B-Movie Boxcar Blues," "Giving It Up for Your Love," and "Going Back to Louisiana." McClinton's in terrific voice and spirits throughout, and his seven-piece band including two horns is tight but loose and ragged enough to grind through rockers with garage band enthusiasm. "Rebecca, Rebecca," the album's slow blues showcase, proves how comfortable McClinton is with his band and being on-stage. This is clearly his forte, and even though he's released some terrific, if not quite classic, studio albums, this is the best way to get an overall dose of his talents. The career-spanning set list isn't a greatest-hits collection, but that just makes it more enjoyable as the singer throws in a few curve balls. His much-lauded harmonica skills are also on display during a knockout version of "I Want to Thank You Baby," but it's on the following eight-minute version of "I Want to Love You" where he and the band stretch out. The only disappointment is the relatively short playing time; a double CD should have been twice as long, and if just one tune were left off, this could have been released as a single disc. Otherwise, this is a nearly perfect document of Delbert McClinton, captured in his natural habitat with all the sweat, intensity, and frisky fun intact.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2003
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396604821
  • Catalog Number: 6048
  • Sales rank: 68,165

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Old Weakness (Comin' on Strong)
  2. 2 Leap of Faith
  3. 3 I'm With You
  4. 4 I Wanna Thank You Baby
  5. 5 I Want to Love You
  6. 6 Smooth Talk
  7. 7 Maybe Someday Baby
  8. 8 Don't Want to Love You
  9. 9 New York City
  10. 10 Squeeze Me In
  11. 11 I've Got Dreams to Remember
Disc 2
  1. 1 Why Me?
  2. 2 Rebecca, Rebecca
  3. 3 Going Back to Louisiana
  4. 4 When Rita Leaves
  5. 5 Livin' It Down
  6. 6 Giving It Up for Your Love
  7. 7 B-Movie Boxcar Blues
  8. 8 Little Fine Healthy Thing
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Delbert McClinton Primary Artist, Harmonica, Vocals
George Hawkins Bass
Kevin McKendree Keyboards
Terry Townson Trumpet
Lynn Williams Drums
Don Wise Saxophone
Rob McNelley Guitar
Technical Credits
Delbert McClinton Arranger, Composer, Producer
Otis Redding Composer
Mickey Jupp Composer
Benmont Tench Composer
Glen Clark Composer
Bob DiPiero Composer
John McElroy House Sound
Gary Nicholson Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Mark Allison Stage Sound
Tom Faulkner Composer
Fred Knobloch Composer
Zelma Redding Composer
Jerry Lynn Williams Composer
Billy Lawson Composer
Joe Rock Composer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Wendy Goldstein Executive Producer
Keith DeArmond Road Manager
Arild Grindheim Engineer
Njaal Oyvind Mangersnes Engineer
Molly Reed Merchandising
Cameron Strang Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A rockin’, rollin’, heapin’ helping of live McClinton

    This is a terrific introduction to Delbert McClinton’s Texas honky-tonk R&B (heavy on the ‘B’), a musical brew that comes to life in concert. Not only does the double-disc set survey the length of McClinton’s career, but the singer and his band are thoroughly in the groove, and the appreciative Norwegian Bergen Blues Festival audience spurs them to great heights. Originally broadcast on radio, a post-show review made it clear that the engineers had captured the punch of a live concert on tape, and that the confluence of a great night for the singer, songs, band and recording would make for a very special release. ¶ The song list includes several staples from McClinton’s live set, including his own “B Movie Boxcar Blues” (popularly known from the Blues Brothers 1978 cover), his first chart success, 1980’s “Giving It Up For Your Love,” and a moving rendition of Otis Redding’s “I’ve Got Dreams to Remember.” While five of this album’s tracks were included on McClinton’s 1989 concert release, “Live From Austin,” they’re concert staples for a good reason: each is meaty enough to stand up to reinterpretation, night-after-night and year-after-year. ¶ Even better, the chestnuts find new context in a set that includes recent material like the Mexicali flavored “When Rita Leaves” and horn-charged “Livin’ It Down” from 2001’s “Nothing Personal” LP, and “Smooth Talk” and “New York City” from 2002’s “Room to Breathe.” The set is fleshed out with well-selected blues covers such as Big Joe Turner’s steamy “Rebecca, Rebecca” Billy Emerson’s sassy “Little Fine Healthy Thing,” and Glen Clark’s optimistic “Leap of Faith.” When McClinton steps outside the standard blues repertoire, for the Country-originated “Old Weakness (Comin’ On Strong),” or the Bo Diddley beat of Mickey Jupp’s “I’m With You,” the band spices things with zesty horn charts and rollicking piano and guitar. ¶ While this can’t substitute for actually hearing McClinton live, it gives the uninitiated a good taste of what they’ve been missing.

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