Electric Word

Electric Word

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by The Relatives
     
 

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In 2009, the Heavy Light label released Don't Let Me Fall, a compilation of three obscure singles and five previously unreleased songs by the Relatives -- a group from Dallas, Texas that formed in 1970 and fused gospel, funk, and psychedelic soul. During their initial run, the Relatives opened for See more details below

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In 2009, the Heavy Light label released Don't Let Me Fall, a compilation of three obscure singles and five previously unreleased songs by the Relatives -- a group from Dallas, Texas that formed in 1970 and fused gospel, funk, and psychedelic soul. During their initial run, the Relatives opened for the Staple Singers and the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi. It wouldn't be surprising to learn that they shared a stage with the Rance Allen Group or once opened for Parliament/Funkadelic. The anthology provoked the Relatives, led by reverends and brothers Gean and Tommie West, to resume. After starring on Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears' "You Been Lyin'," a highlight of 2011's Scandalous, the Relatives recorded The Electric Word, their first album. Produced by Spoon's Jim Eno and featuring ex-Black Joe Lewis guitarist Zach Ernst, The Electric Word is remarkably similar to the group's earlier recordings. The lone difference is the superior recording quality. Members swap leads and dip and dive behind one another like their chemistry has remained unchanged, and the overall sound hits hard with occasional use of reverb and guitar squalls (as on "Bad Trip"). The best case for their relevance is "What's Wrong with America," a fresh take on early rumination "Speak to Me." The raw original resembles an Impressions-inspired demo; this version has much more of its own character, and its questions could have been written in 2013. Whether howled or hushed, the material goes straight to the soul, awakens, and uplifts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2013
Label:
Yep Roc Records
UPC:
0634457230927
catalogNumber:
2309
Rank:
120586

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Relatives   Primary Artist
Jimmy Hall   Vocals
Ronnie James   Bass
Mike Flanigin   Organ
Derek Phelps   Trumpet
Tyrone Edwards   Vocals
Adrian Quesada   Guitar
Jason Frey   Tenor Saxophone
Zach Ernst   Guitar
Matthew Strmiska   Drums
Joseph Woullard   Baritone Saxophone
Earnest L. Tarkington   Percussion,Vocals
Rev. Gean West   Vocals
Rev. Tommie West   Vocals
Dale Burns   Bass,Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Brad Bell   Engineer
Lars Göransson   Mastering
Jim Eno   Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Zach Ernst   Executive Producer
Noel Waggener   Art Direction
Relatives   Composer
Matt Gerhard   Engineer
Mike Leahy   Booking
Heyd Fontenot   Cover Painting

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