Crazy Kind of Life

Crazy Kind of Life

by Bill Perry


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Joined again by shotgun-riding guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer Jimmy Vivino (who wrote or co-penned six tunes), New Yorker Bill Perry's second Blind Pig album wallows in his gruff, no-frills blues
ock. Neither Perry's throaty voice, workingman lyrics, nor guitar sound are particularly recognizable, yet he gets by on enthusiasm and fiery playing, raising the temperature on such trite concepts as "Too Hot" with his rugged, straightforward attack. Explorations into light funk ("Take You Down") and gospel ("Morning Spiritual" is the album's only instrumental) effectively break up the tough roots rocking that remains the album's core attraction. As clichéd as the sounds and sentiments of the Stevie Ray Vaughan-ish "Can't Buy My Love" or the good-natured misogyny of "Girl's Gone Crazy" are, Perry delivers them with such exuberant finesse that they click, regardless of how religiously both stay within standard guidelines of the genre. Slide excursions on the opening "Trouble in the Shotgun" and the Elmore James riffage of "500 Miles" also tread familiar territory. Only a well-intentioned but entirely out-of-place near-acoustic version of the Rolling Stones' "No Expectations" (with Perry's old employer, Richie Havens, on vocals and acoustic guitar) derails the mood on this perfectly adequate, energetic, enjoyable, but hardly essential release.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2002
Label: Blind Pig
UPC: 0019148507821
catalogNumber: 5078
Rank: 151718

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bill Perry   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Richie Havens   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Johnny B. Gayden   Bass
Christy O'Leary   Harmonica
Jimmy Vivino   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Background Vocals
Jeremy Baum   Organ
Frank Pagano   Percussion
David Bennett Cohen   Piano
Rob Curtis   Drums

Technical Credits

Mick Jagger   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Edward Chmelewski   Executive Producer
Jerry del Giudice   Executive Producer
Paul Orofino   Producer,Engineer
Keith Richards   Composer
Hedy West   Composer
Jimmy Vivino   Producer

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