The Game Has Just Begun

The Game Has Just Begun

by Henry Butler


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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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Release Date: 05/07/2002
Label: Basin Street Records
UPC: 0652905080122
catalogNumber: 801
Rank: 258444

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The Game Has Just Begun 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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-