Unclassifiedby Robert Randolph & the Family Band
Plucked from the House of God Church, a Pentecostal denomination that's known for its roof-raising incorporation of pedal steel guitar into its worship, Robert Randolph continues to spread his ecstatic gospel with Unclassified. Not that Randolph specifically invokes Christianity on this album. But the soul-shocking power of his music is undeniably sourced in the church, and his mainstream success may just be the biggest boost that gospel's gotten since Ray Charles took spirituals to the top of the pop charts in the '50s. Backed by the Family Band, which includes his cousins Danyell Morgan (bass and vocals) and Marcus Randolph (drums), Randolph conducts his shows and recordings like a church service -- or a jam band -- with each song reaching higher and higher, harder and louder, before pulling back. The flirtatious call-and-response is at the root of rock and goes deeper, encompassing all African-derived rhythms, some of which Randolph samples on Unclassified. The Sly Stonestyle funk of "Soul Refreshing" and "I Need More Love" meets Latin rock on "Calypso"; "Run for Your Life" counts on the pedal steel's country associations to drive its point home; while "Why Should I Be Lonely" roars forth straight from the church. Randolph's knees-weakening playing holds it all together, taking the music higher and higher, thanks to his deep arsenal of licks, judicious use of effects, and a simply inspired way with his unique instrument. One listen to Unclassified, and newcomers will join the choir in praise of this dynamo.
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- Warner Bros / Wea
Performance CreditsRobert Randolph & the Family Band Primary Artist
Neal Casal Background Vocals
Candace Anderson Background Vocals
Daniel Morgan Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals
John Ginty Piano,Hammond Organ
Lenesha Randolph Background Vocals
Robert Randolph Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Marcus Randolph Drums
Technical CreditsJim Scott Producer,Engineer
Rick Fowler Duet
Daniel Morgan Composer
Mike Buckman Art Direction
John Ginty Composer
Ryan Hewitt Engineer
Lenesha Randolph Duet
Robert Randolph Composer
Marcus Randolph Composer
Robert Randolph & the Family Band Producer
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great cd...and that's great pedal steel, my dear..nonetheless one of the best live performances you'll ever catch nowadays...backing vocalist , neal casal, is def worth checking out in his own right...
I grew up with listening to tunes like this in church. We had 2 pedal steel players in our church, growing up, although they have moved away from using these dynamic instruments in today's services. But I miss kind of musicianship being in our services. BUt this music is HOT and makes it hard to listen and be still, its a real mover!!!!!
When Robert Randolph And The Family Band took the rock scene by storm in the early-2000's and became another star on the Jam Band circuit, he would be hailed by the music press as a fresh and diverse voice in rock and roll which would result with a highly successful recording contract with Warner Brothers. Starting with his dazzling debut live CD Live At The Wetlands in 2002, the band's rise to fame would be complete as the album became a blockbuster success as it topped the rock chats--and the band would be selected by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Best New Artists To Look Out For In 2002. Then with the release of their studio album Unclassified in 2003, the future of Robert Randolph and his band was finally solidified when the CD topped the rock rock charts while it again showcased Randolph's electrifying steel pedal or guitar solos and the band's high-rocking energetic tone during their explosive rise to fame. So if you are interested in great high-swinging rock and roll with an energetic tone, then I would strongly suggest that you pick up both Live At The Wetlands and Unclassified. With five CD's added to their credit, including Above The Rest (2005), Colorblind (2006) and their upcoming CD in 2009, we will be hearing a lot more of Robert Randolph And The Family Band for a long time. The band is unique!
THE SONGS ON 'UNCLASSIFIED'CAN DIG INTO YOUR BRAIN. TOO WELL. AFTER ONE LISTEN, ESPECIALLY ON "I NEED MORE LOVE", YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'VE ENJOYED THE SONG FOR A YEAR. AND UNLIKE MOST MODERN MUSIC, LISTENING WILL MAKE YOU FEEL HAPPY. BEST PART: WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE THE SONG IS DRAGGING ON, ROBERT RANDOLPH'S ROARING GUITAR PARTS YELL AT YOU FOR FULL ATTENTION. YOU MUST BUY THIS.
Great slide guitar....legendary! I would hardly classify this under the religious music because it is way more jam, although they have connections to many soulful tunes. Wonderful show at Bonnaroo! Do not miss!