Seventeen Jewels

The Seventeen Jewels

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by The Blazers
     
 
The Blazers have received countless comparisons to Los Lobos over the years, as both bands hail from the same area (Los Angeles) and specialize in a similar musical style (roots rock with a Mexican flavor). But whereas Los Lobos tend to incorporate more authentic native sounds into their music, the Blazers stick closer to straight-ahead,

Overview

The Blazers have received countless comparisons to Los Lobos over the years, as both bands hail from the same area (Los Angeles) and specialize in a similar musical style (roots rock with a Mexican flavor). But whereas Los Lobos tend to incorporate more authentic native sounds into their music, the Blazers stick closer to straight-ahead, bluesy roots rock. This is especially evident on their fifth release overall, 2003's Seventeen Jewels. Produced and arranged by Pete Anderson (who has worked with everyone from Dwight Yoakam to the Meat Puppets), Seventeen Jewels is the first Blazers album not to be issued by Rounder (once more, Anderson aided the band by issuing it via his Little Dog imprint). As with their previous releases, longtime collaborators Manuel Gonzalez and Ruben Guaderrama are joined by a supporting cast of players (everything from trumpet to "cajon accordion"), which makes such standouts as the bluesy "I'll Never Trust" and the rockabilly-esque "Come on Baby" such delights. Also included is a reworking of the Lennon-McCartney obscurity "I Don't Want to Spoil the Party," as well as a soulful track that Otis Redding would have sounded perfect singing, "This Place of Love," which includes some very Stax-like horn flourishes.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2003
Label:
Little Dog Records
UPC:
0765949070421
catalogNumber:
2003-20

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blazers   Primary Artist
Pete Anderson   Bass,Percussion,Casio
Skip Edwards   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Cajon
Bob Glaub   Bass
Jim Christie   Drums
Lee Thornberg   Trumpet
Manuel Gonzalez   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Bajo Sexto,Guitar (12 String Electric),Group Member
Jesus "El Gordo" Cuevas   Vocals,Button Accordion
Manuel Gonzales   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Ruben Guaderrama   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (Baritone)

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Pete Anderson   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Sally Browder   Engineer
Manuel Gonzales   Composer
Lee Thornberg   Horn Arrangements
Tony Rambo   Engineer
Jason Robbins   Engineer

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The Seventeen Jewels 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This 5th album by East L.A.'s very own Blazers is one that every music lover needs to get and not just for yourself, but for your loved ones as well. It's a mixture of self-penned (9 songs) and covers (2 songs); each one is a musical work of art. The vocals of Ruben Guaderama & Manny Gonzalez, with some back up vocals by Jesus Cuevas & Robert Gaytan remind us all of why we love their music. One of the most powerful songs on the album is 'Our Time.' One of the most fun is the Lennon/McCartney tune, 'I Don't Want to Spoil the Party.' This is the 2nd album produced by Grammy Award winning producer and guitarist, Pete Anderson, who also appears on this album along with fellow musicians Mike Molina, Manuel Gonzales, Ruben Guarderrama, Jesus Cuevas, Bob Glaub, Jim E. Christie, Skip Edwards and Lee Thornberg. Go out and buy a copy or two or three! You'll love it!