Mike Post's L.A. Blues Alliance has created an exhilarating blues CD in "What a Life."
Post, who has won 5 Grammys to date, also co-produced Sonny Landreth's Grammy-nominated "Levee Town" CD.
The All-Star Personnel - most of whom also sing lead and background vocals - are:
STANLEY BEHRENS (sax, harp),
MIKE FINNIGAN (Hammond B3 organ, piano),
BOB GLAUB (bass & percussion),
AMY KEYS (vocals),
SONNY LANDRETH (electric and acoustic slide guitars),
KEB' MO' (guitars, mandolin),
DAVID MORGAN (pianos),
JOHN (Jr.) ROBINSON (drums & percussion), and
WG "Snuffy" WALDEN (guitars).
Each musician brought two songs to the studio, resulting in a deftly arranged mix of original tunes and covers.
This record is an electrifying combination of styles. Post takes listeners on a perfectly paced, crisp and warm auditory voyage, kicked off with Finnigan's raucous party of the title tune, celebrating Chicago blues.
Next up, Keb' Mo interprets Joe Turner's witty, steamy "TV Mama," enhanced by Finnigan's slinky B3 and infused with Landreth's unmistakable slide (his rich colors and textures add depth on every song).
Other standouts include Keys' powerful, simmering "Maybe Your Baby" , the playfully seductive surprise of "Shop Around" (Keb' Mo sounding like Lou Rawls); Son House's "Death Letter" ,full of acoustic work-song crackle and stomp (Finnigan on vocals); and Landreth's deep blue, searing "Storm of Worry."
The biggest "surprise" tune is the cover of Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line" - it is Pure MAGIC !
Every song on the CD has its own brand of fireworks, sparks, and sizzle. I readily find "What a Life" to be the best blues album of 2007!
01. What A Life
02. T.V. Mama
03. Illinois Blues
04. Baby Doll
05. Maybe Your Baby
06. I Need A New World
07. I Walk The Line
08. Step By Step
09. Death Letter
10. It Don't Matter
11. Money Honey
12. Storm Of Worry
13. Like I Do
14. Shop Around
15. Who's Been Talkin'
Check out the Title Track - "What A Life" - here on YouTube
The L. A. Blues Alliance official website
and the Band's MySpace Page
Ripped from my personal CD, including 300dpi scans.