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First Peace/Rollin' Man
     

First Peace/Rollin' Man

by Bobby Lance
 

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Real Gone's 2015 two-fer combines Bobby Lance's 1971 album First Peace and its 1972 sequel Rollin' Man on one CD. Lance was a soul songwriter -- he penned several R&B hits, including Aretha Franklin's "The House That Jack Built" -- so it's not a surprise that these two albums are anchored in soul, but they're progressive

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Real Gone's 2015 two-fer combines Bobby Lance's 1971 album First Peace and its 1972 sequel Rollin' Man on one CD. Lance was a soul songwriter -- he penned several R&B hits, including Aretha Franklin's "The House That Jack Built" -- so it's not a surprise that these two albums are anchored in soul, but they're progressive roots records encompassing all the different funky sounds emanating from the South in the early '70s. First Peace, in particular, seems steeped in the South, as it was partially recorded at Muscle Shoals and features a horn section led by King Curtis and backing vocals by the Sweet Inspirations. Duane Allman also shows up on "More Than Enough Rain," enlivening it with his signature slide, but the focus remains on the thick, heady gumbo of blues, soul, and rock, a combination that sometimes gets undercut by such showbiz schmaltz as the closing "Walkin' on a Highway." Lance, who wrote every song here in collaboration with his partner and sister Fran Robins, is a sharp writer and possesses an appealing gruff, gravelly voice, so there is a focal point and a sturdy structure to First Peace. Nevertheless, the real charm of the album is its overall mood: it's a nicely weathered, casually funky slice of soulful rock from an era where that blend was common. Rollin' Man, recorded in New York just a year later, was cut from the same cloth but it's a straighter affair, hitting the rock rhythms a bit harder, keeping the grooves linear and ever so slightly ratcheting up that smidgen of showbiz that lurked on the edges of First Peace. Naturally, the latter surfaces on the ballads (and also the hippie-dippie "Tribute to a Woman") but it's usually drowned out by the effective Allman Brothers nod "John the Rollin' Man" and an overdose of driving boogie. Lance handles these curves admirably and it's a nice bit of early-'70s Southern rock, although it slightly pales next to the seamless Southern stew of First Peace.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2015
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064003328
catalogNumber:
6400332
Rank:
92771

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Performance Credits

Bobby Lance   Primary Artist,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals
King Curtis   Tenor Saxophone
Hubert Laws   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman   Trumpet
Sweet Inspirations   Background Vocals
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Garnett Brown   Trombone
Roger Hawkins   Percussion,Drums
Eddie Hinton   Slide Guitar
David Hood   Bass
Mitch Kerper   Keyboards
Trevor Lawrence   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Mims   Slide Guitar
George Soulé   Piano
Richard Tee   Organ
Frank Wess   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Evans   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums
Bob Lance   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dick Bunn   Bass

Technical Credits

King Curtis   Horn Arrangements
Larry Hamby   Engineer
Geoffrey Haslam   Engineer
Jim Cummins   Cover Photo
Fran Robins   Composer
Tom D. Kline   Reissue Design
Jimmy Evans   Engineer
James Douglas   Engineer
Leo Edwards   String Conductor
Bob Lance   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Bill Kopp   Liner Notes
Jane L.   Cover Photo,Back Cover Photo

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