Tales of Ordinary Madness

Tales of Ordinary Madness

by Warren Haynes
     
 

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Produced by Chuck Leavell, Warren Haynes' first solo album is a refreshing change of pace from his work with the latter-day incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band. Although the feel of this album is undeniably classic rock, with much of Free's bluesy swagger, it is also vaguely reminiscent of '80s rock at times (check out the Mr.…  See more details below

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Produced by Chuck Leavell, Warren Haynes' first solo album is a refreshing change of pace from his work with the latter-day incarnation of the Allman Brothers Band. Although the feel of this album is undeniably classic rock, with much of Free's bluesy swagger, it is also vaguely reminiscent of '80s rock at times (check out the Mr. Big-esque verse to "Fire in the Kitchen"). The focus on Tales of Ordinary Madness is clearly on Haynes' songwriting chops. For the most part, the songs on this record are tight and concise, focusing on immediate riffs, gritty vocals, and cool arrangements to sell them. This, however, is not to suggest that Haynes has stopped tearing it up with his guitar, and he amply demonstrates why he is one of the most lauded straight-ahead rock lead guitarists of the '90s. The various bands that back up Haynes are all quite good, and notables Bernie Worrell and producer Leavell both make guest appearances on keyboards. Standout tracks include the mid-tempo "Tattoos and Cigarettes," which is a great showcase for Haynes' under appreciated vocal talents. The smoky "Blue Radio" is also notable for the artist's emotive singing. In fact, the most exceptional thing about Tales of Ordinary Madness is his vocal performance, the overall impact of which stays with the listener far longer than any particular song or hook. There are some slow moments on this record, but it is great party music, and fans of Haynes' work with the Allman Brothers Band would surely be interested in this recording.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/1996
Label:
Megaforce
UPC:
0020286197126
catalogNumber:
1971
Rank:
12266

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Performance Credits

Warren Haynes   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Bernie Worrell   Organ,Clavinet
Randall Bramblett   Saxophone
Steve Holly   Drums
Chuck Leavell   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Greg Morrow   Drums
Marc Quiñones   Percussion,cowbell
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Lincoln Schleifer   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar
Johnny Neel   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Alfreda Gerald   Background Vocals
Juanita Flemister   Background Vocals
Jeff Young   Organ

Technical Credits

Warren Haynes   Producer
Chuck Leavell   Producer
Mark Richardson   Engineer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction
Jim Kvoriak   Engineer
Randy Rogers   Paintings
Jim Kvoriak   Engineer

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