Ollabelle

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
New York sextet Ollabelle's music is a hybrid of indigenous American styles, mixing folk, blues, and gospel, and drawing upon traditional sources to create something that sounds wholly new. If one is tempted to say "you've never heard anything quite like this before," it isn't because the ingredients are unfamiliar, it's because the mixture and the approach are. The alternating male and female vocalists usually sing traditional material, with arrangements that recall the kind of updated authenticity of Ry Cooder as much as the original sources. Somehow, these performances steer in between the alternating obstacles of sounding too retro on the one hand or taking an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
New York sextet Ollabelle's music is a hybrid of indigenous American styles, mixing folk, blues, and gospel, and drawing upon traditional sources to create something that sounds wholly new. If one is tempted to say "you've never heard anything quite like this before," it isn't because the ingredients are unfamiliar, it's because the mixture and the approach are. The alternating male and female vocalists usually sing traditional material, with arrangements that recall the kind of updated authenticity of Ry Cooder as much as the original sources. Somehow, these performances steer in between the alternating obstacles of sounding too retro on the one hand or taking an ironic posture on the other. The performers seem utterly immersed in the music, utterly sincere in their singing though it would be surprising to find that their commitment to the religious lyrics was anything but figurative, yet they clearly are reaching back to their archaic sources through the context of contemporary music. Their few originals are of a piece with the traditional material, and even a revival of the Rolling Stones' "I Am Waiting" fits right in. It's no surprise that T-Bone Burnett's DMZ label is issuing this debut, since Burnett has demonstrated his affinity for American roots music and ability to recontextualize it for the 21st century. And it is appropriate that the Band's Levon Helm, doubtless the father of the group's Amy Helm, drums on "Soul of a Man." Ollabelle is trying to create a new sound out of long-standing folk-based musical styles in much the same way that the Band did with Music From Big Pink in 1968. The wonder is how well the group succeeds. Ollabelle is a moving collection of performances that will remind the listener of the emotional depth and scope of American music. If there is any disc capable of turning the term "Americana" into a full-fledged musical genre, this is it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/4/2009
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886974875727
  • Catalog Number: 748757
  • Sales rank: 53,072

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Before This Time
  2. 2 Soul of a Man
  3. 3 Elijah Rock
  4. 4 Jesus on the Mainline
  5. 5 Get Back Temptation
  6. 6 I Am Waiting
  7. 7 Two Steps
  8. 8 No More My Lawd
  9. 9 Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus
  10. 10 The Storms Are on the Ocean
  11. 11 John The Revelator
  12. 12 I'm Willing to Run All the Way
  13. 13 I Don't Want to Be That Man
  14. 14 All Is Well
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ollabelle Primary Artist
Levon Helm Drums
Jimi Zhivago Bass, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Electric Upright Bass, Hi String
Sean Costello Guitar, Electric Guitar, national steel guitar
Glenn Patscha Organ, Dumbek, Vocals, Clavinet, Pump Organ, bass pedals, Wurlitzer, Casio
Liz Tormes Vocals
Amy Helm Vocals
Byron Isaacs Electric Bass, Slide Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Tony Leone Percussion, Drums, Tambourine, Vocals
Fiona McBain Percussion, Vocals, national steel guitar
Technical Credits
Mick Jagger Composer
Alan Lomax Arranger, Composer
Mother Maybelle Carter Composer
Bessie Jones Composer
Andraé Crouch Composer
A.P. Carter Composer
Sara Carter Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Keith Richards Composer
Steve Rosenthal Producer
Jimi Zhivago Composer
Glenn Patscha Composer
Liz Tormes Composer
Traditional Composer
Amy Helm Composer
Byron Isaacs Composer
Juan Garcia Engineer
Juan Bautista Sánchez García Engineer
Tony Leone Composer
Fiona McBain Composer
Pete Deboer Engineer
Ollabelle Arranger
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Lacking in Energy

    After a listen to this CD my first reaction was: monotonous. I don't think that was fair but I do think a few uptempo tunes would have improved this collection. Gospel songs can be somber but they can also be joyous. If this collection brings people to an appreciation of American spiritual music, that is good. Perhaps another listen or two may change my assesment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More than worth it!

    This ensemble takes a style that is very repetitive, and manages to say something different with each repetition. I hope there is more to come!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is amazing music !

    I put this CD in my personal player and it played through 3 times before I could stop listening.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    comforting

    I received this after the death of my mother and I want to pass it along to friends. I listen to it over and over. It is so beautiful.

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