Pacific Gas and Electric

Pacific Gas and Electric

by Pacific Gas & Electric
     
 
On most of their second album, Pacific Gas & Electric play soul-rock with some dash and verve, though the songwriting isn't up to the level of musicianship or Charlie Allen's genuinely soulful vocals. Pacific Gas & Electric are really a band that would be better served by a selective compilation

Overview

On most of their second album, Pacific Gas & Electric play soul-rock with some dash and verve, though the songwriting isn't up to the level of musicianship or Charlie Allen's genuinely soulful vocals. Pacific Gas & Electric are really a band that would be better served by a selective compilation than any of their individual LPs, and strong candidates for such an anthology would include "Death Row #172" and "Bluesbuster," which are a little like early Blood, Sweat & Tears with more blues-rock and less bluster. Some of the other songs are closer to average period blues-rock workouts, like "Miss Lucy" and the live cover of John Lee Hooker's "She's Long and She's Tall," though the group original "My Women" finds them getting into a slow blues-funk groove with graceful style. The four-part, 17-minute "PG&E Suite" is typical of the highs and lows of many such psychedelic rock experiments of the late '60s, starting off promisingly with the cinematic jazz-rock instrumental "The Young Rabbits." But it runs off the rails with too much drum soloing, and the momentum utterly drains when the suite peters out into poor white-boy blues that's obviously trying to be drolly humorous, yet ends up being painfully lame. The closing blues-soul-rock stomper "Redneck" restores the energy level somewhat, but it's an erratic record on the whole, as would be its follow-up, 1970's Are You Ready.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
Label:
Sony Import
UPC:
5099749169623
catalogNumber:
4916962

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Tracks

  1. Bluesbuster
  2. Death Row #172
  3. Miss Lucy
  4. My Women
  5. She's Long and She's Tall
  6. PG&E Suite: The Young Rabbits/Constitutional Strand/Fat Tom/Boy Wonder
  7. Redneck

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pacific Gas & Electric   Primary Artist
Wayne Henderson   Trombone
Virgil Gonsalves   Bass (Vocal)
Stanley Abernathy   Trumpet
Jerry Aiello   Organ
Brent Black   Bass
Blackberries   Background Vocals
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet
D.A. Brisbois   Trumpet
Frank Cook   Drums
Wilton Felder   Tenor Saxophone
Alfred Galleros   Tenor (Vocal)
Freddie Hill   Trumpet
John Hill   Keyboards
Joe Lala   Conga,Timbales
Tom Marshall   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Frank Petricca   Bass
Glenn Schwartz   Guitar
Ken Utterback   Guitar
Ron Woods   Drums
Brent Block   Bass Guitar
Charlie Allen   Vocals

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Joe South   Composer
J. Hill   Composer
John Hill   Producer
Tom Marshall   Composer
Gene Schwartz   Composer
Brent Block   Composer
Charlie Allen   Composer
Mark Friedman   Engineer

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