Giveaway

Giveaway

by Daniel Moore
     
 

Daniel Moore has had his greatest successes as a songwriter, and his two most successful songs both emerged in 1973, when Three Dog Night took "Shambala" into the Top Ten and B.W. Stevenson followed a couple of months later with "My Maria," which he and Moore co-wrote. Those two songs, particularly "MySee more details below

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Daniel Moore has had his greatest successes as a songwriter, and his two most successful songs both emerged in 1973, when Three Dog Night took "Shambala" into the Top Ten and B.W. Stevenson followed a couple of months later with "My Maria," which he and Moore co-wrote. Those two songs, particularly "My Maria," remade for a number one country hit by Brooks & Dunn in 1996, are Moore's long-term annuities, but he has also placed songs with a large number of artists over the years. He revisits many of those songs, along with some newer ones, on his self-released The Giveaway, apparently taking his original demos, dating back as far as the early '70s, and beefing them up with overdubs in at least some cases. That makes the disc something of a retrospective for the songwriter, and it demonstrates that his style has been ideal for the artists who have favored his work, notably mainstream rockers like Joe Cocker and Bonnie Raitt, who like to mix in elements of blues and funk with their pop
ock style. Moore is not a distinctive lyricist, sticking to romantic subjects or vaguely spiritual, simplistically philosophical exhortations expressed in relatively few words. Nor is he a great melodist. But he is a craftsman steeped in folk and blues forms, capable of finding a new twist to create a song that sounds both effortless and timeless. As a singer, he is competent and enthusiastic, and these are finished recordings, but they still seem like demos in the sense that, to be really effective, they would need accomplished interpreters such as Cocker and Raitt (or Thelma Houston or Maria Muldaur, who also recorded certain selections). Also, this is music of a specific time; it sounds like mainstream rock of the mid-'70s, sometimes quite specifically so. For example, "Who's Gonna Play the Harp" comes off as if it had been written deliberately to be the follow-up to the Allman Brothers Band's 1973 hit "Ramblin' Man," right down to the Dickey Betts-like vocal and twin guitar solo. That may make this album a good purchase for fans of any of the artists mentioned in this review, although it will demonstrate to those fans exactly what artists like Cocker and Raitt bring to the material they perform.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
Label:
Djm Records
UPC:
0632348002028
catalogNumber:
20
Rank:
354531

Tracks

  1. The Giveaway  - Daniel Moore
  2. On Solid Ground  - Daniel Moore
  3. Lost and Found  - Daniel Moore
  4. Somebody I Trusted (Put Out the Light)  - Daniel Moore
  5. Forever True  - Daniel Moore
  6. Lean Back Hold Steady  - Daniel Moore
  7. If I Love You  - Daniel Moore
  8. How Long  - Daniel Moore
  9. Sweet Forgiveness  - Daniel Moore
  10. Roll the Holy Bones  - Daniel Moore
  11. Who Do You Think You're Foolin'  - Daniel Moore
  12. Bandito from Toledo  - Daniel Moore
  13. Who's Gonna Play the Harp  - Daniel Moore
  14. Dreamland  - Daniel Moore
  15. My Maria  - Daniel Moore
  16. Shambala  - Daniel Moore

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Daniel Moore   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Don Preston   Electric Guitar
Jesse Ed Davis   Guitar
Jim Price   Background Vocals
Tata Vega   Background Vocals
Jim Gordon   Keyboards,Electric Piano,Saxophone
Greg Beck   Electric Guitar
Matt Betton   Drums
Colin Cameron   Bass
Tom Canning   Piano
Glen Clark   Harmonica,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Bobby Cochran   Electric Guitar
Dennis Conway   Drums
Tom Fillman   Drums
Carol Holmes   Background Vocals,Electric Fiddle
Teresa James   Vocals,Background Vocals
Darrell Leonard   Horn
Mike O'Neil   Electric Guitar
Dean Parks   Bass,Bass Guitar
Don Preston   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bobby Rambo   Electric Guitar
Daniel Timms   Background Vocals
Jim Varley   Drums
Dave McDaniel   Bass
Eddie Zip   Hammond Organ
David P. Jackson   Bass
Jeff Pryor   Electric Guitar
Pete Douglas   Percussion,Drums
M.L. Benoit   Percussion

Technical Credits

B.W. Stevenson   Composer
Daniel Moore   Composer,Audio Production
Dan Morehouse   Digital Editing,Mastering
Jeff Pryor   Composer,Photo Courtesy

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