The Spark

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Chris Daniels has been leading his band the Kings in Colorado for close to two decades, and he has made a series of albums over the years, of which this is the ninth counting the 2000 best-of Choice Cuts. Daniels takes an eclectic, crowd-pleasing approach to his music, which mixes rock with elements of jazz, jump blues, folk, Cajun, and, well, you name it. The Kings, which includes a trumpeter Darryl Abrahamson and saxophonist Jim Waddell in the lineup, are versatile enough to follow their leader's forays into various styles, none of which extend so far to overcome his essentially personable songs. By now, Daniels is trying for different effects when he makes albums; ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Chris Daniels has been leading his band the Kings in Colorado for close to two decades, and he has made a series of albums over the years, of which this is the ninth counting the 2000 best-of Choice Cuts. Daniels takes an eclectic, crowd-pleasing approach to his music, which mixes rock with elements of jazz, jump blues, folk, Cajun, and, well, you name it. The Kings, which includes a trumpeter Darryl Abrahamson and saxophonist Jim Waddell in the lineup, are versatile enough to follow their leader's forays into various styles, none of which extend so far to overcome his essentially personable songs. By now, Daniels is trying for different effects when he makes albums; last time out, on 1998's Louie Louie, he covered songs by Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, and Louis Armstrong. This time, he straps on a National steel guitar or other acoustic in place of his usual electric for something of an unplugged feel, and he invites along a passel of friends who include bluegrass wizard Sam Bush, ex-Buffalo Springfield and Poco member Richie Furay, and Bill Payne of Little Feat. None of the guests overwhelm the leader, however. As he moves from a funky tune to a folky one and from a Cajun rhythm to a rinky-tink 1920s sound, Daniels remains a likeable frontman whether he is singing to a woman who tried unsuccessfully to domesticate him "Biggest Heartache on the Block" or praising one who did succeed "She's the Reason". Either way, his music brings a smile to the listener, in a club in Colorado, on tour in the Netherlands, or on this CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2005
  • Label: The Orchard
  • UPC: 803680761427
  • Catalog Number: 807614

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 50/50 (4:39)
  2. 2 The Spark (5:08)
  3. 3 Biggest Heartache on the Block (3:40)
  4. 4 Way Out West (5:16)
  5. 5 She's the Reason (4:07)
  6. 6 Kelly Jean (3:30)
  7. 7 Jump (3:10)
  8. 8 If I'd Only Taken You Dancing (5:25)
  9. 9 In the Night (4:36)
  10. 10 At Last (4:27)
  11. 11 Tuesday Man (4:56)
  12. 12 I'm Still Looking (5:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Daniels Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar, Vocals, national steel guitar, Guitar (Nylon String), Group Member
Tony Furtado Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Sam Bush Fiddle, Mandolin
Richie Furay Vocals, Background Vocals
Sonny Landreth Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Sam Broussard Slide Guitar
Steve Conn Piano, Accordion, Hammond Organ, Wurlitzer
Nelson Hinds Trombone
Tony Klatka Trumpet
Kip Kuepper Upright Bass
Dean LeDoux Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Hazel Miller Vocals, Background Vocals
Mollie O'Brien Vocals
Mark Oblinger Vocals, Background Vocals
Bill Payne Piano, Keyboards
Christian Teele Percussion
Jim Waddell Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Group Member
Colin Jones Electric Guitar, Group Member
Randy Amen Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Darryl "Doody" Abrahamson Trumpet, Vocals
Clay Kirkland Harmonica
Technical Credits
Chris Daniels Arranger, Composer, Producer
Kip Kuepper Producer
Gary Nicholson Composer
Mark Oblinger Vocal Arrangements
Dave Steen Composer
Jim Waddell Horn Arrangements
Ed Kaufman Producer, Engineer
Henry Roeland Byrd Composer
Dave Glasser Mastering
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