Reinventing the Wheel

Reinventing the Wheel

by Asleep at the Wheel
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Reinventing the Wheel

What are you gonna say about Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel? Everything they've recorded is inspired. It's true that for the last 12-15 years they've been making lots of live and tribute kinds of records, but even when they record a "new" one as Benson boasts on the back sleeve, they still sound like a rollicking, reeling, good-time swaggering Texas-style Western swing band. The lineup changes, and changes, and changes to be sure, but because of Benson's stubborn reliance on the form, the group keeps a very definite sound. This new set underscores that case in spades and all one has to do is listen to the cover of Mose Allison's great jump tune "Your Mind Is on Vacation." Allison, being a son of the Deep South himself (Mississippi) may never have imagined his tune this way, but it's easy to imagine him smiling and swinging along to it, or thinking up a smoking little piano solo, when he hears it. The same goes for Louis Jordan's "Saturday Night Fish Fry." There is one anomaly here, though, and it's the album's closer, a beautiful straight honky tonk version of Guy Clark's "The Cape." Benson pours real emotion into it while keeping Clark's phrasing nearly identical. There are also a couple of Tommy Duncan numbers here, and Fred Rose's stomper "The Devil Ain't Lazy," which could have been covered by Louis Jordan with a saxophone playing the steel solo, plus a couple of originals by Benson. It all adds up to a fine effort by Asleep at the Wheel. This band may be an institution, but they still have inspiration, chops, and hardcore swing in spades to dish out to listeners.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/20/2007
Label: Megaforce
UPC: 0678572956621
catalogNumber: 9566

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Asleep at the Wheel   Primary Artist
Ray Benson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Floyd Domino   Piano
Jason Roberts   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Sanger   Percussion,Drums
Rolf Sieker   Banjo
David Miller   Background Vocals
David Earl Miller   Bass,Background Vocals
Eddie Rivers   Steel Guitar,Saxophone
James Rabitoy   Percussion
Elizabeth McQueen   Vocals,Background Vocals
Caleb Butler   Track Performer
John Michael Whitby   Piano,Background Vocals
Joey Williams   Track Performer
Tracy Pierce   Track Performer
Eric "Ricky" McKinnie   Track Performer
James Rabitoy   Percussion

Technical Credits

Asleep at the Wheel   Audio Production
Guy Clark   Composer
Mose Allison   Composer
Ray Benson   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Author,Audio Production
Tommy Duncan   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Peter Schwarz   Audio Production
Harry Warren   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
William Armstrong   Engineer
Dick Reeves   Art Direction
Mack David   Composer
Hal Stanley   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
Ellis Walsh   Composer
Chris Burns   Engineer
Sam Seifert   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Dan Skarbek   Audio Production
Bridget Bauer   Audio Production

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Reinventing the Wheel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great album from a GREAT band. If you haven't seen 'em live... do it. Just saw them last week and they were very entertaining, loved the concert. There are wonderful tracks on this CD personally, I like each one. Whoah, Nellie, give us more Western Swing!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only thing wrong with this CD is there just isn't enough. If the first song doesn't get you up and smiling, call the paramedics you have no pulse! The Blind Boys of Alabama and Asleep At the Wheel...a match made in heaven.