Speechless/Gagged But Not Bound

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Two late-'80s instrumental albums by Albert Lee, 1987's Speechless and 1988's Gagged But Not Bound, are combined onto one 70-minute CD on this Australian reissue. Lee is destined to be remembered primarily for his work as a sideman rather than as a featured performer or songwriter, and these two albums, pleasant listening though they were, demonstrated this to some degree. Certainly his picking is unfailingly impeccably executed and imaginative, but it's more like tastefully arranged quality background music than something to excite or inspire. Both records mix Lee originals with covers of standards and oldies, but Speechless has far more of Lee's own songs, Albert ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Two late-'80s instrumental albums by Albert Lee, 1987's Speechless and 1988's Gagged But Not Bound, are combined onto one 70-minute CD on this Australian reissue. Lee is destined to be remembered primarily for his work as a sideman rather than as a featured performer or songwriter, and these two albums, pleasant listening though they were, demonstrated this to some degree. Certainly his picking is unfailingly impeccably executed and imaginative, but it's more like tastefully arranged quality background music than something to excite or inspire. Both records mix Lee originals with covers of standards and oldies, but Speechless has far more of Lee's own songs, Albert writing over half of the material as well as covering Duane Eddy's "Cannonball" and the traditional songs "Salt Creek" and "Arkansas Traveller." Gagged But Not Bound isn't radically different (though the instrumentation is a little more elaborate), but has just one Lee composition, the other tunes ranging from Patsy Cline and Chet Atkins country songs to "Midnight Special," Roy Hamilton's late-'50s rocker "Don't Let Go," and a number by one of the supporting musicians, Jim Cox. Lee is at his best when his axe crackles with the spirit of boogie and rockabilly, as it does on Speechless' opener, "T-Bird to Vegas." His occasional piano outings, however, are the low points, perhaps influenced by the vogue the Windham Hill label was enjoying with some piano instrumental recordings at the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657027622
  • Catalog Number: 276
  • Sales rank: 51,635

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 T-Bird to Vegas (3:23)
  2. 2 Bullish Boogie (4:04)
  3. 3 Seventeenth Summer (5:32)
  4. 4 Salt Creek (3:36)
  5. 5 Arkansas Traveller (3:08)
  6. 6 Cannonball (4:46)
  7. 7 Romany Rye (5:26)
  8. 8 Erin (3:40)
  9. 9 Flowers of Edinburgh (2:00)
  10. 10 Don't Let Go (3:28)
  11. 11 Midnight Special (3:40)
  12. 12 Tiger Rag (2:44)
  13. 13 Forty Miles of Bad Road (4:49)
  14. 14 Fun Ranch Boogie (2:51)
  15. 15 Walkin' After Midnight (2:44)
  16. 16 Schön Rosmarin (2:20)
  17. 17 Country Gentleman (2:57)
  18. 18 Monte Nido (4:31)
  19. 19 Oklahoma Stroke (4:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Albert Lee Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Electric Guitar, Hambone, Yells
Steve Douglas & the Rebel Rousers Tenor Saxophone
Pete Christlieb Saxophone
Chad Wackerman Drums
Jim Cox Piano, Steel Guitar, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Synthesizer Banjo
Brandon Fields Saxophone
Gary Herbig Saxophone
Paul Leim Drums
Joel Peskin Saxophone
Jerry Scheff Acoustic Bass
Sterling Ball Bass
John "Hot Fat Reynolds" Ferraro Drums
Gregg Humphrey Bass
Jimmy Johnson Bass, Bass Guitar, Yells
Technical Credits
Fritz Kreisler Composer
Chet Atkins Composer
Duane Eddy Composer
Albert Lee Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Jim Cox Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Bradley Hartman Producer
Keith Glass Liner Notes, Concept
Alan Block Composer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Kevin Mueller Concept
Sterling Ball Composer
Don Hecht Composer
Traditional Composer
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