Living in a New World

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All Music Guide - Jesse Jarnow
Though the folk revivalists of the 1960s venerated blues as a form of proto-protest music, it was rare to hear the music turned into an overtly incendiary forum. As political revolutionary, former MC5 manager, and New Orleans disc jockey John Sinclair points out in his richly perceptive liner notes, the blues were always conscious of a race struggle, but the force of the music was always directed away from the topic. This created a dramatic tension in the music that, in some ways, is absent from Willie King's politically sparked music. Even then, the lyrics aren't so obviously topical that the songs dip into cliché -- at least, any more than the blues usually do. That ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jesse Jarnow
Though the folk revivalists of the 1960s venerated blues as a form of proto-protest music, it was rare to hear the music turned into an overtly incendiary forum. As political revolutionary, former MC5 manager, and New Orleans disc jockey John Sinclair points out in his richly perceptive liner notes, the blues were always conscious of a race struggle, but the force of the music was always directed away from the topic. This created a dramatic tension in the music that, in some ways, is absent from Willie King's politically sparked music. Even then, the lyrics aren't so obviously topical that the songs dip into cliché -- at least, any more than the blues usually do. That said, King's overtones never fall into protest folk mumbo-jumbo either. Instead, he uses the two lyrical approaches political music and the blues to inform each other and make each sound more palatable than either have in a long while. The Liberators are a fairly groomed ensemble. The music doesn't sound glossy so much as finely polished. There's not too much edge to it. And though the band does manage to effortlessly swing, their playing rarely seems dynamic and alive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/11/2002
  • Label: ROOSTER BLUES
  • UPC: 691874264720
  • Catalog Number: 2647

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Living in a New World - Willie King & the Liberators (5:36)
  2. 2 Crawlin' Blues - Willie King & the Liberators (6:00)
  3. 3 The Stomper - Willie King & the Liberators (4:21)
  4. 4 America - Willie King & the Liberators (4:49)
  5. 5 You So Evil - Willie King & the Liberators (6:52)
  6. 6 All Tied Up - Willie King & the Liberators (3:47)
  7. 7 You Got to Have Love - Willie King & the Liberators (4:00)
  8. 8 Ain't Gonna Work - Willie King & the Liberators (5:26)
  9. 9 Is It My Imagination - Willie King & the Liberators (2:39)
  10. 10 Terrorized - Willie King & the Liberators (8:05)
  11. 11 The Blues Life (Monologue) - Willie King & the Liberators (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Willie King Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Willie Williams Drums
Kevin Hayes Alto Saxophone, Tambourine
Technical Credits
Doug Easley Engineer
Larry Nix Mastering
Jim O'Neal Producer
John Sinclair Liner Notes
Rob Johnson Executive Producer
Willie King Producer
Jeff Loh Producer
Brian "Boots" Factor Producer
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