Righteous! The Essential Collection

Righteous! The Essential Collection

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by The Holmes Brothers
     
 
Brotherly devotion, both fraternal and familiar, can certainly pay off. Wendell and Sherman Holmes and Popsy Dixon have worked together as the Holmes Brothers trio for some five decades now, their blend of gospel, blues, country, rock, and R&B endearing them to an audience hungry for authentic music making. The collection Righteous draws on the trio’s fine

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Brotherly devotion, both fraternal and familiar, can certainly pay off. Wendell and Sherman Holmes and Popsy Dixon have worked together as the Holmes Brothers trio for some five decades now, their blend of gospel, blues, country, rock, and R&B endearing them to an audience hungry for authentic music making. The collection Righteous draws on the trio’s fine Rounder recordings from the 1990s. The Holmes Brothers' ease with diverse genres is evidenced throughout, from their covers of Sam and Dave’s “When Something Is Wrong with My Baby” to Tom Waits’s “Train Song” to the Beatles' “And I Love Her” to traditional tunes like “I Surrender All” and “Walk in the Light.” But the Holmes Brothers were never just about remodeling the material of others. There are plenty of examples of the band’s first-class originals, songs that give voice to the decades of experience that make up the backbone of this unique outfit. Although they have since moved to another label, the Rounder work catches them at an exciting moment when decades of dues paying had finally given way to real opportunity.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Andy Breslau described the Holmes Brothers' music as "gospel-infused doo wop funk", which pretty much captures the spirit and synthesis of their style. Combining old R&B, soul, and gospel, brothers Sherman and Wendell Holmes along with Popsy Dixon create a rich sound filled with lovely harmony. The intensity of the group's studio performances evokes a live feel, offering an inkling of what their performances at Lynch's in Manhattan must have sounded like during the '80s. Righteous! collects almost 75 minutes of material from the group's four Rounder albums, beginning with In the Spirit in 1990 and ending with Promised Land in 1997. The album kicks off with a bit of electric blues topped with a healthy dose of soul on "Got Myself Together," a song that jumps out of the gate at a gallop and holds to a steady gait for five minutes. Gospel-drenched pieces like "Promised Land," complete with electric guitar, will have non-believers singing along, while classics like "There Goes My Everything" combine classic soul with a touch of country. One also wouldn't want to miss the Holmes Brothers' takes on Tom Waits' "Train Song" and the Beatles' "And I Love Her." Breslau's liner notes, which travel back to the Holmes Brothers' residency at Lynch's, are both edifying and fun to read. While all of the albums the Holmes Brothers recorded for Rounder are worthy efforts, Righteous! offers a solid introduction to anyone who has missed out on their wonderful music.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2002
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661158825
catalogNumber:
611588

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holmes Brothers   Primary Artist
Alison Krauss   Fiddle
Bob Malach   Tenor Saxophone
Scott Billington   Percussion
Jon Cleary   Hammond Organ
Popsy Dixon   Drums,Vocals
Laurence Etkin   Trumpet
Anders Gaardmand   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sherman Holmes   Bass,Piano,Vocals,Wurlitzer
Wendell Holmes   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Ron Levy   Hammond Organ
James Singleton   Acoustic Bass
Gib Wharton   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass
Phil Chandler   Hammond Organ
Dan Levin   Trombone
Tim Quimette   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Holmes Brothers   Arranger
Voices Supreme   Arranger
Glenn Berger   Engineer
Scott Billington   Producer
Andy Breslau   Producer,Liner Notes
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Edward Douglas   Engineer
Anders Gaardmand   Horn Arrangements
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Tina Hanson   Engineer
Tim Hatfield   Engineer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Judy Kirschner   Engineer
David Porter   Composer
Steve Reynolds   Engineer
Steve Rosenthal   Engineer
Mark Wessel   Engineer
Carl Hession   Composer
Chaz Clifton   Engineer
Bogdan Hernik   Engineer
Christian Clayton   Illustrations

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Righteous! The Essential Collection 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The Holmes Brothers (and Popsy Dixon) made four albums for Rounder records. I picked up this anthology about seven years ago. I just listened to it through my new stereo system and was reminded just how good the Brothers are. Had they recorded for Stax in the 60s they might have been superstars. They have a terse, taut sound that might have meshed with Booker T and the MGs. I especially like the driving gospel number Promised Land. They switch from gospel to secular and back with no loss of credibility. I am considering checking out some of their later CDs.