Start With the Soul

Start With the Soul

by Alvin Youngblood Hart


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Start With the Soul

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Alvin Youngblood Hart proved he could interpret country blues on BIG MAMA'S DOOR and reached into country swing and psychedelic rock on TERRITORY. But there was always the feeling that something was being repressed, as if Hart were only hinting at part of his story. Now the bluesman comes back with his most thematically-consistent set to date, START WITH THE SOUL, a set that boils over with his Bay Area blues rock roots and righteous anger. With Jimi Hendrix as his spiritual copilot, Hart drives into the opening cut, the trippy "Fightin' Hard," in which he's furious that our short lives have so many discrepancies and hurdles. On the funky Latinized "Manos Arriba," Hart declares that he's taking back everything from soul to personal identity and no amount of racial profiling will stop him. Even the old soul classic "Treat Her Like a Lady" and Chuck Berry's "Back to Memphis" rock with defiance. But never does Hart sound like he's simply spewing. Rather, the lyrics are filled with the thoughts behind the harsh truths he addresses, and the production, which is in the hands of Jim Dickinson of Ry Cooder and the Replacements fame,is well crafted, with subtle horns punching in here and there and keyboards occasionally adding ambience. Hart's sense of humor also emerges on the old country hit "Cowboy Boots," and he shows a feel for love, the real day-to-day kind rather than the obsessive variety, on the sultry "Once Again." Add guitar licks that range from country blues to jazz-infused funk and roadhouse rock, and START WITH THE SOUL showcases Hart's essence like never before.

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Release Date: 05/16/2000
Label: Hannibal
UPC: 0031257144926
catalogNumber: 571449
Rank: 88867

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