Full Circle

Full Circle

by Walter TroutWalter Trout


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In his mid-fifties at the time of this album's release in 2006, Walter Trout seemed to be in a reflective mood. His 2005 album was a collection of older, previously unreleased tracks from various stages in his extensive career. This follow-up finds him reconnecting with many artists he has worked with, laying down newly recorded originals. In fact, this is Trout's first studio recorded disc of fresh material since 2001's Go the Distance. As the Full Circle title implies, the guitarist rounds up some musicians/friends he has played with for a spontaneous set of performances. The liner notes explain that some of these tracks were unrehearsed first takes, and the heightened energy level throughout reflects that. Also impressive is that Trout was eye-to-eye with each artist, as opposed to projects where guests lay down solos at various times in different cities and never see each other. The disc kicks off in fine, heated form with John Mayall sharing vocals and guitar and adding harmonica to a fiery eight-minute slow blues workout "She Takes More Than She Gives." Trout restrains -- slightly -- his propensity to pummel more notes per minute than the next guy, infusing greater passion into his playing as evidenced by the swampy blues-rock of "Workin' Overtime," featuring Jeff Healey. Fellow fret shredders of his genre such as Bernard Allison, Coco Montoya, and especially Joe Bonamassa add predictable firepower with their contributions and seem to spur Trout to new heights. In this heavy company, it's refreshing to hear him shift into a jazzier mood with Junior Watson on "Slap Happy" and even go acoustic on "Firehouse Mama," where he trades hyperactive riffs with neighbor Eric Sardinas. Harp master/vocalist James Harman (who, with his burly face and long white beard looks more like Moses everyday) and organist Deacon Jones bring comparative subtlety to the proceedings and alter the groove to a less frenzied attack than when Trout is trading licks with his guitar buddies. Guitar Shorty, Little Feat drummer Richard Hayward, and noted DJ Larry Keene -- whose articulated fast talking can be compared to Trout's own style on guitar -- also appear, the latter for a spoken word title cut finale that could have been left on the cutting room floor. Deep blues fans will still probably shy away due to the album's guitar heavy appeal and Trout's tendency to overextend his furious solos. But for the blues-rocker who loves a rugged blast of electricity and barrages of notes played with no-frills intensity, this is arguably Trout's most listenable, impressive, and diverse album yet.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/20/2006
Label: Ruf
UPC: 0710347111726
catalogNumber: 1117
Rank: 35523


  1. She Takes More Than She Gives
  2. Workin' Overtime
  3. Firehouse Mama
  4. Who's Listenin' In
  5. Slap Happy
  6. Wrapped Around Your Finger
  7. A Busy Man
  8. Highway Song
  9. When Will It Ever Change
  10. Can't Help Falling Apart
  11. After Hours
  12. Clouds on the Horizon
  13. Full Circle

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Walter Trout   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
James Harman   Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Jeff Healey   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
John Mayall   Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Deacon Jones   Track Performer
Guitar Shorty   Guitar,Vocals
Bernard Allison   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bill Bateman   Drums
Joe Bonamassa   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Rob Rio   Piano
Richie Hayward   Drums
Stephen Hodges   Drums
Coco Montoya   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Daniel Timms   Piano
Junior Watson   Guitar,Track Performer
Finis Tasby   Vocals
Webster   Drums
Eric Sardinas   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Alec Fraser   Bass
Rick Knapp   Bass

Technical Credits

Luther Allison   Composer
James Harman   Composer
John Mayall   Composer
Erskine Hawkins   Composer
Joe Bonamassa   Composer
Walter Trout   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Junior Watson   Composer
Andrew Elt   Inlay Photography
Tom "Curly" Ruff   Executive Producer
Eric Sardinas   Composer
Marie Trout   Executive Producer,Author
Gary E. Smith   Cover Photo
Eric Corne   Engineer

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