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Friends 3

Album: Friends 3
# Song Title   Time
1)    Enjoy Yourself
2)    Misfit
3)    Jack O the Green
4)    I Think It's Going to Rain Today
5)    Mabel
6)    Just to Be Home With You
7)    Play It Sam
8)    Kiss of Love
9)    I Told the Truth
10)    Please Can I Talk
11)    Boys
12)    When I Get Home
13)    She Suits Me to a Tee
14)    Sweet If You Like
15)    Cry Myself to Sleep
16)    Shutting the Doors
17)    Washing the Water
18)    You Really Got a Hold on Me
19)    Ooh la La
20)    Mesage to My Son
21)    I'll Be Seeing You
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Performer Notes
  • Eclectic Brit pianist Jools Holland (a member of Squeeze in their early days) is still at it, finding novel and fun ways to bring sounds of pop music past--rock, jump blues, rockabilly, swing, whatever--into the present with a bang. In 2003, Holland found it was a SMALL WORLD... after all, and decided on a third volume of this series. With guest singers including Buddy Guy, Smokey Robinson, Solomon Burke, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Nick Cave, jazz singer Jimmy Scott, and Prince Buster working out on some choice oldies, this set is a party waiting to happen.
  • U.K. release.
  • Personnel: Jools Holland (vocals, guitar, piano); Sam Leigh Brown (vocals, ukulele); Jesse Wood, Mark Flannagan (guitar); Anne Stephenson, Brian G. Wright , Marina Solarek, Jayne Spencer, Ian McLeod, Dermot Crehan, Peter G. Hanson, Gini Ball (violin); Ben Ivitsky (fiddle); Claire Orsler, Lucy Morgan, Jocelyn Pook, Ellen Blair (viola); Frank Schaefer, Abigail Trundle, Robert Woollard, Dinah Beamish (cello); Lisa Grahame, Michael Lee , Phil Veacock, Pete Long (saxophone); Nick Lunt (baritone saxophone); Chris Storr, Jason McDermid, Edward Thornton, Jon Scott, Guy Barker, Sid Gauld (trumpet); Patrick Hartley, Roger Goslyn, Allstair White, Rico Rodriguez, Fayyaz Virji, Winston Rollins (trombone); Chris Holland (organ); Lynette Eaton, Paddy Lannigan, Jeremy Gordon, Mary Scully (double bass); Gilson Lavis (drums, percussion); Laurie Latham (percussion); Claudia Fontaine, Helen McRobbie, Leah Wood, Louise Claire Marshall (background vocals).
  • Additional personnel: David Gray, Eliza Carthy, Eric Clapton, Little Jimmy Scott, Kirsty MacColl, Michael McDonald , Nick Cave, Paul Rodgers, Peter Gabriel, Prince Buster, Ringo Starr, Ron Wood, Ruby Turner, Shane MacGowan, Solomon Burke, Steve Earle, Sugababes, Suggs , Terri Walker, Smokey Robinson, Buddy Guy, Candy Dulfer.
  • Audio Mixers: Ron Burrow; Laurie Latham.
  • Recording information: Conway, Los Angeles, CA; Pyramid Room At Helicon Mountain Studios; Studio150, Amesterdam; The Warehouse, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Photographers: J. J. Stereo; Jon Scott; Stephen Lovell-Davis; Polly Borland; Charlie Dickins; Kevin Westenberg; Christabel McEwen; Pete Long; Anton Corbijn; Tom Howard.
  • It's the third go-round for Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, and by now their formula is familiar -- Holland and his large band, anchored by his former Squeeze bandmate Gilson Lavis, invite a bunch of musicians to sing or play in front of them, and they run through a bunch of cheerful blues and old-time rock & roll-based songs. Some of these are covers and some of these are new tunes, but they all feel like revivals, since Holland and guests play them that way. These are classy, well-performed amalgams of big-band R&B and soul, spiced with hints of ska, mainstream pop, and rockabilly, which offer welcome changes of pace. As expected with any album that features over 20 guest spots, it's a bit of a hit-and-miss affair, but since the best moments -- such as Steve Earle's loose-limbed "Play It Sam" -- don't soar all that high and the lowest moments -- apart from "Just to Be Home With You," where Shane MacGowan is a drunken fish out of water -- don't tumble that low, it all evens out into a pleasant listening experience. That said, it's not a particularly distinctive one, either, since none of the guests are at their best and the band is primarily in a support slot, never really having a chance to shine. Nevertheless, anybody who enjoyed the first two Friends efforts will likely enjoy it -- and they'll also find the 21-track, 80-minute running time to be generous, while others might find it to be way too much of an OK thing. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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