Still River

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All Music Guide - Ann Wickstrom
This particular version of the Broadcasters was unarguably magical, and this recording reveals why. Recorded four years after Earl dealt with his demons alcohol, drugs, nervous collapse, it is the first of a string of all-instrumental albums by Earl, and it drips with class and soul. It's not just the exceptional skill of the players, however, that makes it so special; it was recorded on one of a handful of audiophile labels AudioQuest, and therefore features state-of-the-art production. From the ringing opening chords of Magic Sam's "Blues for the West Side" to the beautiful acoustic guitar/piano duet of "Derek's Peace," Still River is thoroughly enjoyable. "Kansas City ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ann Wickstrom
This particular version of the Broadcasters was unarguably magical, and this recording reveals why. Recorded four years after Earl dealt with his demons alcohol, drugs, nervous collapse, it is the first of a string of all-instrumental albums by Earl, and it drips with class and soul. It's not just the exceptional skill of the players, however, that makes it so special; it was recorded on one of a handful of audiophile labels AudioQuest, and therefore features state-of-the-art production. From the ringing opening chords of Magic Sam's "Blues for the West Side" to the beautiful acoustic guitar/piano duet of "Derek's Peace," Still River is thoroughly enjoyable. "Kansas City Monarch" is slow and sweet, featuring Bruce Katz tearing up the low notes, a nice sax solo by Anders Gaardmand, and some great double-string work by Earl. There is a moody version of John Coltrane's "Equinox" and a bog-dwelling rouser written by the entire band called "Chili Ba Hugh." You'll also like the greasy Hammond B3 organ on "Soul Serenade." A tempo change three minutes into the song suddenly finds the listener "getting religion" and tempted to yell "Amen!." Earl's own "Rego Park Blues" also showcases some nice B3 and finds Earl in the place where he shines the brightest, delicately coaxing a hushed solo from his Strat. Although not as jazzy as Earl's subsequent efforts, Still River sows the seeds that sprouted a few years later with Language of the Soul and with the albums that followed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/22/1993
  • Label: Audioquest
  • UPC: 092592101821
  • Catalog Number: 1018
  • Sales rank: 51,209

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues For The West Side (3:33)
  2. 2 Time to Remember (6:53)
  3. 3 Kansas City Monarch (7:38)
  4. 4 Szeren (5:03)
  5. 5 Soul Serenade (4:39)
  6. 6 Equinox (6:09)
  7. 7 Chill Ba Hugh (4:43)
  8. 8 Eyes That Smile (4:23)
  9. 9 Wednesday Night At The Bull (5:03)
  10. 10 Rego Park Blues (11:34)
  11. 11 Derek's Peace (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters Primary Artist
Ronnie Earl Indexed Contributor, Guitar
Bruce Katz Organ, Piano
Rod Carey Bass
Laurence Etkin Trumpet
Anders Gaardmand Saxophone
Per Hanson Drums
Technical Credits
Bruce Katz Horn Arrangements
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Joe Harley Producer
Ted Drozdowski Liner Notes
Merlin Clarke Art Direction
Michael C. Ross Engineer
Hillary Weiss Art Direction
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