BN.com Gift Guide

Standing Room Only

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
With its second release for the Alligator label, the journeyman Rhode Island ensemble maintains its reputation as no-nonsense keepers of retro-flavored horn-based upbeat blues. The band's previous album was nominated for a Grammy and this one maintains the energy, taste, and passion it has always supplied in its cover choices, while delivering some excellent original material. Harpist/singer Mark DuFresne's booming, husky vocals are reminiscent of Big Joe Turner, one of the group's obvious influences, as he bellows and leads the charge through 14 more examples of why Roomful of Blues remain the finest jump blues outfit on the scene 35 years after their debut. Although the ...
See more details below
CD
$15.64
BN.com price
(Save 13%)$17.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (5) from $2.99   
  • New (2) from $9.46   
  • Used (3) from $2.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
With its second release for the Alligator label, the journeyman Rhode Island ensemble maintains its reputation as no-nonsense keepers of retro-flavored horn-based upbeat blues. The band's previous album was nominated for a Grammy and this one maintains the energy, taste, and passion it has always supplied in its cover choices, while delivering some excellent original material. Harpist/singer Mark DuFresne's booming, husky vocals are reminiscent of Big Joe Turner, one of the group's obvious influences, as he bellows and leads the charge through 14 more examples of why Roomful of Blues remain the finest jump blues outfit on the scene 35 years after their debut. Although the slightly deceptive album title indicates this might be a concert disc, it is all recorded in the studio, but retains a live feel that leaps out of the speakers. Hearing the eight-piece pounce on saxist Rich Lataille's instrumental tribute to Illinois Jacquet, "Straight Jaquette," it's obvious that these guys would also have the chops to pull off a straight jazz release if they put their minds to it. Rollicking versions of Roy Brown's "Up Jumped the Devil," Lowell Fulson's "Love Grown Cold," and a pair of obscurities from Little Milton sit comfortably next to likeminded originals. One of those, guitarist/bandleader Chris Vachon's "Boomerang," has a catchy singalong chorus strong enough to be a radio hit, if contemporary radio played this style of music. But that minor detail has never prevented Roomful of Blues from adding a slight contemporary spin to a sound that was popular before these guys -- and most of their fans -- were born. And it doesn't stop the band from delivering wildly successful albums like this, albeit to an ever-dwindling core demographic. Standing Room Only doesn't expand the group's reach, but it maintains and even solidifies the position of Roomful of Blues as the most accomplished horn-dominated jump blues/R&B band on the scene.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/11/2005
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551490029
  • Catalog Number: 514900
  • Sales rank: 125,748

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roomful of Blues Primary Artist
Bob Enos Trumpet
Brad Hallen Bass, Bass Guitar
Rich Lataille Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Chris Vachon Guitar, Vocals
Mark DuFresne Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mark Earley Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jason Corbiere Drums
Travis Colby Piano, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Jason Corbiere Drums
Technical Credits
Lowell Fulson Composer
Milton Campbell Composer
Bruce Iglauer Mastering
Rich Lataille Composer
Chris Vachon Composer, Producer, Mastering, Audio Production
Mark DuFresne Composer
Teddy "Cherokee" Conyers Composer
Mark Earley Composer
A.J. Bautista Mastering
Travis Colby Composer
Ian Schreier Engineer
Dan Stut Mastering
Lloyd Pemberton Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously