Henry Butler goes all-out electric on his first Basin Street release, outfitting his rootsy brand of blues-rock with synth textures, keyboard bass, even drum machine on a few tracks. Raymond Weber lays down real drums most of the time; the guitar solos by June Yamagishi and Shane Theriot are often blistering. Artistically, however, the results are mixed. The disc gets off to a strong start with four hard-hitting originals, then loses its way until track eight, a grooving rendition of "High-Heeled Sneakers" featuring Butler's superb piano. But the rock covers ("Great Balls of Fire," "Riders on the Storm") are listless, the pop arrangements ("You Are My Sunshine," "When You Listen With Your Eyes") are middle of the road, and the three electronic mood instrumentals are interesting only up to a point. (A 15-minute question-and-answer session with Butler ends the disc.) This is definitely not the best starting point for anyone new to Butler's music.
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Performance CreditsHenry Butler Primary Artist,Bass,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Sounds
Shane Theriot Electric Guitar
Raymond Weber Percussion,Drums
June Yamagishi Electric Guitar,Soloist
Technical CreditsHenry Butler Arranger,Programming,Producer,Liner Notes,Bass Samples,Drum Sounds
Otis Blackwell Composer
Jack Hammer Composer
Steve Reynolds Engineer
Mark Samuels Executive Producer
Tom Thompson Art Direction
Robby Krieger Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Game Has Just Begun based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I was suprised by this CD- it is a totally different angle from Henry's past work- but I really got into it after a few listens- the highlights are- ''mac daddy Henry''- with a killer guitar solo by Neville Bros. man Shane Theriot, who is miscredited on the CD-(Shane is a friend of mine) ''Riders in the storm'' is also tastefully covered and warrants repeated listening- In all a change of gears from Henry's past efforts, but no doubt his fans will find much here to love-