Whitey Ford Sings the Blues

Whitey Ford Sings the Blues

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by Everlast
     
 

Saying that Everlast showed a great deal of artistic growth between his first and second solo albums would be a understatement. While 1989/1990's Forever Everlasting was a decent, if uneven, debut, Everlast's second solo album, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues is an amazingly eclectic gem that finds him really pushing himselfSee more details below

Overview

Saying that Everlast showed a great deal of artistic growth between his first and second solo albums would be a understatement. While 1989/1990's Forever Everlasting was a decent, if uneven, debut, Everlast's second solo album, Whitey Ford Sings the Blues is an amazingly eclectic gem that finds him really pushing himself creatively. Between those two albums, Everlast joined and left House of Pain, which evolved into one of the most distinctive rap groups of the 1990s. While Pain's albums thrived on wildness for its own sake, Whitey Ford has a much more introspective and serious tone. Everlast, who was born with a heart defect, was in the process of recording the album when he needed life-saving open-heart surgery; in fact, he was lucky that he was around to see Whitey Ford completed and released. Though not without its share of hardcore b-boy rap, Whitey Ford also finds Everlast playing acoustic guitar, doing some singing, and exploring folk-rock, Memphis soul, and heavy metal. As a singer, Everlast has a relaxed style that sounds a bit like Gil Scott-Heron. "Today (Watch Me Shine)," "Ends," and "What It's Like" venture into Neil Young/Bob Dylan territory, while "Hot to Death" is blistering metal with industrial touches. And the plot thickens -- on "The Letter," he raps over a jazz-influenced piano. Given how rap's hardcore tends to frown on rappers crossing over to rock, it took guts for Everlast to be so diverse. But it's a good thing that he did, for his risk-taking pays off handsomely on this outstanding release.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/1998
Label:
Rhino / Ada
UPC:
0016998123621
catalogNumber:
81236
Rank:
9767

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Everlast   Primary Artist,Guitar,scratching
Bronx Style Bob   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Kia Jeffries   Vocals
Nasty   Overdubs
Casual   Track Performer
Norwood Fisher   Bass
Sadat   Track Performer
Human Beat Box   Guitar
Dante Ross   Bass,Piano,scratching,Strings
Jacqueline Suzuki   Violin
John Wang   Viola
Elizabeth Wright   Cello
Todd M. Simon   Trumpet
Ben Boccardo   Bass
Alen C. Agadhzhanyan   Violin
Stephen Cullo   Keyboards
Giovanni Loria   Bass

Technical Credits

Brand Nubian   Contributor
Divine Styler   Producer
Everlast   Producer
E-Swift   Producer
John Gamble   Producer,Engineer
DJ Babu   Cut
Jason Rand   Art Direction
Dante Ross   Producer,Executive Producer
Siba-Giba   Producer
Carl Stubner   Executive Producer
Double G   Horn Arrangements
Geoffrey Gallegos   Contributor
DJ Daz   Cut

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