Reinventing the Wheel

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
What are you gonna say about Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel? Everything they've recorded is inspired. It's true that for the last 12-15 years they've been making lots of live and tribute kinds of records, but even when they record a "new" one as Benson boasts on the back sleeve, they still sound like a rollicking, reeling, good-time swaggering Texas-style Western swing band. The lineup changes, and changes, and changes to be sure, but because of Benson's stubborn reliance on the form, the group keeps a very definite sound. This new set underscores that case in spades and all one has to do is listen to the cover of Mose Allison's great jump tune "Your Mind Is on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
What are you gonna say about Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel? Everything they've recorded is inspired. It's true that for the last 12-15 years they've been making lots of live and tribute kinds of records, but even when they record a "new" one as Benson boasts on the back sleeve, they still sound like a rollicking, reeling, good-time swaggering Texas-style Western swing band. The lineup changes, and changes, and changes to be sure, but because of Benson's stubborn reliance on the form, the group keeps a very definite sound. This new set underscores that case in spades and all one has to do is listen to the cover of Mose Allison's great jump tune "Your Mind Is on Vacation." Allison, being a son of the Deep South himself (Mississippi) may never have imagined his tune this way, but it's easy to imagine him smiling and swinging along to it, or thinking up a smoking little piano solo, when he hears it. The same goes for Louis Jordan's "Saturday Night Fish Fry." There is one anomaly here, though, and it's the album's closer, a beautiful straight honky tonk version of Guy Clark's "The Cape." Benson pours real emotion into it while keeping Clark's phrasing nearly identical. There are also a couple of Tommy Duncan numbers here, and Fred Rose's stomper "The Devil Ain't Lazy," which could have been covered by Louis Jordan with a saxophone playing the steel solo, plus a couple of originals by Benson. It all adds up to a fine effort by Asleep at the Wheel. This band may be an institution, but they still have inspiration, chops, and hardcore swing in spades to dish out to listeners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Megaforce
  • UPC: 678572956621
  • Catalog Number: 9566
  • Sales rank: 90,710

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Asleep at the Wheel Primary Artist
Ray Benson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Floyd Domino Piano
Jason Roberts Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
David Sanger Percussion, Drums
Rolf Sieker Banjo
David Earl Miller Bass, Background Vocals
Eddie Rivers Steel Guitar, Saxophone
James Rabitoy Percussion
Elizabeth McQueen Vocals, Background Vocals
Caleb Butler Track Performer
John Michael Whitby Piano, Background Vocals
Joey Williams Track Performer
Tracy Pierce Track Performer
Eric "Ricky" McKinnie Track Performer
Technical Credits
Guy Clark Composer
Mose Allison Composer
Ray Benson Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Author
Tommy Duncan Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Fred Rose Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Bob Wills Composer
William Armstrong Engineer
Dick Reeves Art Direction
Mack David Composer
Hal Stanley Composer
Irving Taylor Composer
Ellis Walsh Composer
Chris Burns Engineer
Sam Seifert Producer, Engineer
Nick Landis Mastering
Hank Williams Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hot Stuff!

    This is a great album from a GREAT band. If you haven't seen 'em live... do it. Just saw them last week and they were very entertaining, loved the concert. There are wonderful tracks on this CD personally, I like each one. Whoah, Nellie, give us more Western Swing!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    More Please!

    The only thing wrong with this CD is there just isn't enough. If the first song doesn't get you up and smiling, call the paramedics you have no pulse! The Blind Boys of Alabama and Asleep At the Wheel...a match made in heaven.

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