Train Keeps a Rolling

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
That guitarist Jeff Golub was able to record Train Keeps A Rolling at all is something of a miracle. In 2011, the optic nerves in the guitarist's eyes mysteriously and inexplicably collapsed, leaving him blind and in need of a guard dog. In September of 2012, while trying to catch the subway in New York, Golub fell onto the tracks as a train was approaching. He was clipped and dragged for a distance, but amazingly, other than cuts and bruises, he was unhurt. This makes the occasion of his 12th studio offering a special one. To mark it, his longtime co-producer Bud Harner suggested that he collaborate with one of his personal heroes, British keyboard giant Brian Auger. They ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
That guitarist Jeff Golub was able to record Train Keeps A Rolling at all is something of a miracle. In 2011, the optic nerves in the guitarist's eyes mysteriously and inexplicably collapsed, leaving him blind and in need of a guard dog. In September of 2012, while trying to catch the subway in New York, Golub fell onto the tracks as a train was approaching. He was clipped and dragged for a distance, but amazingly, other than cuts and bruises, he was unhurt. This makes the occasion of his 12th studio offering a special one. To mark it, his longtime co-producer Bud Harner suggested that he collaborate with one of his personal heroes, British keyboard giant Brian Auger. They enlisted drummer Steve Ferrone from Auger's Oblivion Express and bassist Derek Frank, who had also worked with the keyboardist. Various tracks are augmented by guests, including a four-piece horn section, percussionist Luis Conte, and vocalists Christopher Cross, Ambrosia's David Pack, and Alex Ligertwood former Oblivion Express and Santana frontman. The program opens with a bright, funky reading of Lalo Schifrin's "The Cat" that accents the intuitive interplay between the B-3 and Golub's guitar playing. There are three Auger compositions too, including a new reading of the slinky jazz-rock nugget "Happiness Is Just Around the Bend" with Ligertwood reprising his Oblivion Express vocal role. More outstanding are the punchy, horn-drenched funk of "Shepherds Bush Market," which Auger wrote specifically for the date, and the previously unissued "Isola Natale," with its jazzy Latin groove. Pop rears its head in a sophisticated read of Paul Carrack's "How Long," beautifully sung by Cross, and ramped up soul-jazz appears in an instrumental take on Curtis Mayfield's iconic "Pusherman," with a terrific horn chart and a monster B-3 solo. Golub shines throughout, but particularly on the ironically dubbed title track, which commences as a frenetic tropical salsa before giving way to steamy, Latin-fused jazz-rock. The only weak spots here are in the workmanlike version of the Police's "Walking on the Moon" and the Mose Allison-influenced read of Willie Dixon's "I Love the Life I Live"; both could have been left off without consequence. By and large, however, Train Keeps A Rolling is proof positive that you can't keep a great musician down; it is inspired, kinetic, and chock-full of fine playing and arranging.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2013
  • Label: Ent. One Music
  • UPC: 099923249023
  • Catalog Number: 2490
  • Sales rank: 30,856

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Cat - Brian Auger (3:18)
  2. 2 Isola Natale - Brian Auger (4:19)
  3. 3 Train Keeps A Rolling - Brian Auger (3:39)
  4. 4 I Love the Life I Live - Brian Auger (5:12)
  5. 5 Pusherman - Brian Auger (4:43)
  6. 6 How Long - Brian Auger (3:54)
  7. 7 J&B - Brian Auger (3:32)
  8. 8 Happiness is Just Around the Bend - Brian Auger (4:42)
  9. 9 Shepherds Bush Market - Brian Auger (4:02)
  10. 10 Whenever You're Ready - Brian Auger (4:33)
  11. 11 Walking on the Moon - Brian Auger (5:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Golub Primary Artist, Guitar
Christopher Cross Vocals
Brian Auger fender rhodes, Hammond B3
Luis Conte Percussion
Steve Ferrone Drums
Nick Lane Trombone
Steve Madaio Trumpet
David Pack Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Steve Sykes Guitar
Mindi Abair Alto Saxophone
Dave Woodford Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Derek Frank Bass
Technical Credits
Willie Dixon Composer
Lalo Schifrin Composer
Paul Carrack Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Jeff Golub Composer, Producer
Brian Auger Composer
Barry Dean Composer
Michael Golub Engineer
Bud Harner Producer
Nick Lane Arranger
Chris Palmaro Composer
Steve Sykes Engineer
Jared Tuten Vocal Engineer
Russell Wiener Vocal Engineer
Sean Marlowe Art Direction
The String Composer
Eric Lebowitz Guitar Techician
Chuck Oliner Executive Producer
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