1981 and it's easy to tell the T-Birds are really starting to
spread their wings geographically as well as musically. Most of
this album was recorded in Hollywood California. With the
addition of three members of the other great American Blues
band, Room Full of Blues (Greg Piccolo, tenor sax; Al Copley,
piano; and Doug James, baritone sax), these "Birds"
really take off!! As always this record is a mixture of
originals, mostly by Kim Wilson, and those great "cherry
picked" covers, some not done in 25 years or more.
covers, starting with Roll,
Roll, Roll are "played, not reproduced" in the
words of their manager Denny Bruce, and you can tell these guys
know the difference. Flavored from south of the border we have Cherry
Pink and Apple Blossom White a hit for Perez Prado and his Orchestra in 1955.
After that, it's a pair of great old "Excello" hits, I
Hear You Knockin' (a Smiley Lewis smash hit) and the jumpin',
Tip On In, (Dedicated
with great respect to the memoryof Slim Harpo). With these 2
gems, the T-birds go right through New Orleans on this
"crawfish coast" tour.
Wilson's, I'm Sorry is the swingin'est tune on the album in my humble opinion.
To keep saying that this music is great is a bit redundant. This
stuff is the real gravy, the sauce that you put on top of things
to make them taste GOOD!!!! Mathilda
is the tune that all doo-wop songs only wish they could be.
That's because it's a Louisiana classic. The original record
(1981) is rounded out with 2 original tunes, the harp rockin' Tell
Me Why and a swingin' instrumental, In
from the original recording date were added to this new release.
This is one of the reasons we celebrate the advent of the 74
minute CD. Found A New
Love is a cool slow Blues. I
Got Eyes is the slow rockin' Blues that really makes you
glad these guys got together with that bunch of cats from
Roomfull of Blues.