The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue: Live!

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
A direct descendant from the traveling bundled artist packages of the '60s right down to its retro "hatch show"-styled cover art, Tommy Castro and his band play host to a relatively diverse assortment of high-energy blues and soul acts. The concept originated on the yearly Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise where such musical collaborations are typical. Castro's concept was to take that concept on the road, resulting in this dozen-track live album cherrypicked from various tour stops. It's a rollicking, very plugged-in affair, perhaps not surprisingly geared toward some of Castro's current crop of Alligator labelmates such as Janiva Magness, guitarist Michael Burks, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
A direct descendant from the traveling bundled artist packages of the '60s right down to its retro "hatch show"-styled cover art, Tommy Castro and his band play host to a relatively diverse assortment of high-energy blues and soul acts. The concept originated on the yearly Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise where such musical collaborations are typical. Castro's concept was to take that concept on the road, resulting in this dozen-track live album cherrypicked from various tour stops. It's a rollicking, very plugged-in affair, perhaps not surprisingly geared toward some of Castro's current crop of Alligator labelmates such as Janiva Magness, guitarist Michael Burks, and ex-Little Charlie & the Nightcats frontman-gone-solo Rick Estrin. Still, a handful of non-Alligator names like Debbie Davies, Joe Louis Walker, and "Sista" Monica Parker also appear. The varied collective features youngsters Trampled Underfoot as well as lesser-known veteran Theodis Ealey, both of whom handily hold their own next to the more popular participants. Castro takes lead vocals on four tracks, and he, along with his horn-enhanced band, provide backup for the majority of the other artists. Everyone is at the top of their game with an electricity and vein-popping excitement that can only be generated when musicians feed off each other live. Castro in particular seems to relish his master of ceremonies role, charging through a soulful version of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" and a sizzling "Serves Me Right to Suffer." The latter suddenly shifts tempos from a cracking slow blues to a driving "Radar Love" boogie beat and displays his sometimes underappreciated guitar skills. Most impressive, and rather unexpected, is the number of females in the lineup, a refreshing change from the typically male-dominated blues field. Not only do guitarist Davies and vocalist Magness turn in some thrilling performances Magness on a tough, horn-punched, swampily rearranged version of James Brown's "Think", but Monica Parker's slow blues boils, and Trampled Underfoot's bass-playing lead singer Danielle Schnebelen's sexy/angry vocals will have you checking the liner notes to see who this newcomer is. Estrin adds both humor and harp to the generally guitar-oriented lineup with "My Next Ex-Wife," and Michael Burks' ten-minute grinding blues "Voodoo Spell" will make an instant believer of anyone who might not be familiar with his slashing guitar attack. The disc moves from one highlight to the next with the primary detriment being that it's not a double CD to provide more of what's here. Perhaps volume two is in order.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551494324
  • Catalog Number: 514943
  • Sales rank: 70,943

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wake Up Call (5:27)
  2. 2 Gotta Serve Somebody (7:11)
  3. 3 Voodoo Spell - Michael Burks (10:02)
  4. 4 It's a Shame - Joe Louis Walker (4:21)
  5. 5 Never Say Never - Sista Monica Parker (5:51)
  6. 6 My Next Ex-Wife - Rick Estrin (5:56)
  7. 7 Fog (6:24)
  8. 8 Painkiller (5:14)
  9. 9 Think - Janiva Magness (4:30)
  10. 10 This Time I Know - Theodis Ealey (3:35)
  11. 11 All I Found - Debbie Davies (6:41)
  12. 12 Serves Me Right To Suffer (6:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tommy Castro Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Joe Louis Walker Guitar, Vocals
Theodis Ealey Guitar, Vocals
Debbie Davies Guitar, Vocals
Keith Crossan Saxophone
Rick Estrin Harmonica, Vocals
Tom Poole Trumpet
Tony Stead Keyboards, Background Vocals
Janiva Magness Vocals
Michael Burks Guitar, Vocals
Nick Schnebelen Guitar, Group Member
Chris "Kid" Andersen Guitar
Chuck "Popcorn" Louden Drums
Ronnie Smith Drums, Background Vocals
Monica Parker Vocals
Scott Sutherland Bass, Background Vocals
Danielle Schnebelen Bass, Vocals, Group Member
Chris Schnbelen Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Theodis Ealey Composer
Tommy Castro Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Rick Estrin Composer
Bruce Iglauer Producer, Mastering
J.J. Malone Composer
Gary Nicholson Composer
Jeff Silbar Composer
Don Castagno Composer
Lowman Pauling Composer
Paul Natkin Cover Photo
Paul Schraub Cover Photo
Kent Lacin Cover Photo
Joseph A. Rosen Cover Photo
Michael Trossman Logo
Michael Burks Composer
Jef Jaisun Cover Photo
Nick Schnebelen Composer
Steve Spirn Producer, Concert Sound Engineer, Live Recording
Collin Jordan Mastering
Monica Parker Composer
Michel Verlinden Cover Photo
Kris Schnebelen Composer
Danielle Schnebelen Composer
Roger Naber Liner Notes
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