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Album: The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue: Live! *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Wake Up Call
2)    Gotta Serve Somebody
3)    Voodoo Spell
4)    It's a Shame
5)    Never Say Never
6)    My Next Ex-Wife
7)    Fog
8)    Painkiller
9)    Think
10)    This Time I Know
11)    All I Found
12)    Serves Me Right to Suffer
 
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Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixers: Blaise Barton; Bruce Iglauer.
  • Liner Note Authors: Roger Naber; Tommy Castro.
  • Recording information: Black Oak Casino, Tuslumme, CA (02/04/2011); Earl Warren Fairgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA (02/04/2011); Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI (02/04/2011); Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO (02/04/2011); The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (02/04/2011); The Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA (02/04/2011); The State Theatre, Falls Church, CA (02/04/2011); Black Oak Casino, Tuslumme, CA (04/03/2010); Earl Warren Fairgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA (04/03/2010); Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI (04/03/2010); Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO (04/03/2010); The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (04/03/2010); The Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA (04/03/2010); The State Theatre, Falls Church, CA (04/03/2010); Black Oak Casino, Tuslumme, CA (04/09/2010); Earl Warren Fairgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA (04/09/2010); Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI (04/09/2010); Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO (04/09/2010); The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (04/09/2010); The Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA (04/09/2010); The State Theatre, Falls Church, CA (04/09/2010); Black Oak Casino, Tuslumme, CA (05/01/2010); Earl Warren Fairgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA (05/01/2010); Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI (05/01/2010); Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO (05/01/2010); The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (05/01/2010); The Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA (05/01/2010); The State Theatre, Falls Church, CA (05/01/2010); Black Oak Casino, Tuslumme, CA (09/17/2010); Earl Warren Fairgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA (09/17/2010); Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI (09/17/2010); Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO (09/17/2010); The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (09/17/2010); The Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA (09/17/2010); The State Theatre, Falls Church, CA (09/17/2010); Black Oak Casino, Tuslumme, CA (10/15/2010); Earl Warren Fairgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA (10/15/2010); Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI (10/15/2010); Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO (10/15/2010); The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (10/15/2010); The Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA (10/15/2010); The State Theatre, Falls Church, CA (10/15/2010); Black Oak Casino, Tuslumme, CA (10/20/2010); Earl Warren Fairgrounds, Santa Barbara, CA (10/20/2010); Kalamazoo State Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI (10/20/2010); Knuckleheads, Kansas City, MO (10/20/2010); The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (10/20/2010); The Palms Playhouse, Winters, CA (10/20/2010); The State Theatre, Falls Church, CA (10/20/2010).
  • Photographers: Kent Lacin; Paul Schraub; Paul Natkin; Joseph A. Rosen; Michel Verlinden; Chris Monaghan; Thor Lonning Aarrestad.
  • A direct descendant from the traveling bundled artist packages of the '60s right down to its retro "hatch show"-styled cover art, Tommy Castro and his band play host to a relatively diverse assortment of high-energy blues and soul acts. The concept originated on the yearly Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise where such musical collaborations are typical. Castro's concept was to take that concept on the road, resulting in this dozen-track live album cherrypicked from various tour stops. It's a rollicking, very plugged-in affair, perhaps not surprisingly geared toward some of Castro's current crop of Alligator labelmates such as Janiva Magness, guitarist Michael Burks, and ex-Little Charlie & the Nightcats frontman-gone-solo Rick Estrin. Still, a handful of non-Alligator names like Debbie Davies, Joe Louis Walker, and "Sista" Monica Parker also appear. The varied collective features youngsters Trampled Underfoot as well as lesser-known veteran Theodis Ealey, both of whom handily hold their own next to the more popular participants. Castro takes lead vocals on four tracks, and he, along with his horn-enhanced band, provide backup for the majority of the other artists. Everyone is at the top of their game with an electricity and vein-popping excitement that can only be generated when musicians feed off each other live. Castro in particular seems to relish his master of ceremonies role, charging through a soulful version of Bob Dylan's "Gotta Serve Somebody" and a sizzling "Serves Me Right to Suffer." The latter suddenly shifts tempos from a cracking slow blues to a driving "Radar Love" boogie beat and displays his sometimes underappreciated guitar skills. Most impressive, and rather unexpected, is the number of females in the lineup, a refreshing change from the typically male-dominated blues field. Not only do guitarist Davies and vocalist Magness turn in some thrilling performances (Magness on a tough, horn-punched, swampily rearranged version of James Brown's "Think"), but Monica Parker's slow blues boils, and Trampled Underfoot's bass-playing lead singer Danielle Schnebelen's sexy/angry vocals will have you checking the liner notes to see who this newcomer is. Estrin adds both humor and harp to the generally guitar-oriented lineup with "My Next Ex-Wife," and Michael Burks' ten-minute grinding blues "Voodoo Spell" will make an instant believer of anyone who might not be familiar with his slashing guitar attack. The disc moves from one highlight to the next with the primary detriment being that it's not a double CD to provide more of what's here. Perhaps volume two is in order. ~ Hal Horowitz
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (p.47) - "The disc captures the juiced intensity of audiences loving the vibe -- audible hoots
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