Mick Hucknall Tribute to Bobby
Mojo (Publisher): 3 stars out of 5 -- "Loose-limbed and often monstrously funky, TRIBUTE TO BOBBY finds Hucknall singing from the heart."
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: May 9, 2008
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: SimplyRed.com
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1083 stars out of 5 -- "Loose-limbed and often monstrously funky, TRIBUTE TO BOBBY finds Hucknall singing from the heart."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.904 stars out of 5 -- "[E]ach track is approached with great respect and an innate understanding of the originals' strengths."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Farther Up the Road
- 2.Ain't That Lovin' You
- 3.I'm Too Far Gone (To Turn Around)
- 6.Stormy Monday Blues
- 7.I Wouldn't Treat a Dog (The Way You Treated Me)
- 8.I'll Take Care of You
- 9.Chains of Love
- 10.I Pity the Fool
- 11.Cry, Cry, Cry
- 12.Lead Me on
- 13.Documentary [DVD] Filmed in Memphis, Tennessee in November 2007
Tracks on Disc 2:
Personnel: Mick Hucknall (background vocals); Andy Wright (guitar, piano, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Gavin Goldberg (guitar, keyboards, programming); Kenji Suzuki (guitar); Jim McWilliam (strings); David Clayton (clarinet, piano, Wurlitzer organ, keyboards); Ian Kirkham (saxophone); Kevin Robinson (trumpet); John "Snakehips" Johnson (trombone); Steve Lewinson (double bass); Peter Lewinson (drums); Dave Bloor (programming).
Audio Mixers: Gavin Goldberg; Johnny Wow.
Recording information: Home Studios; Memphis, TN; Sphere Studios, London, England.
Editor: Tim Jones.
Photographer: John Stoddart .
Mick Hucknall, the voice of Simply Red, is best known as a soul man, but TRIBUTE TO BOBBY, an homage to the great blues singer Bobby "Blue" Bland, shows that his soul is steeped in the blues as well. Hucknall pays tribute by tackling the cream of Bland's repertoire, but instead of trying to recreate Bland's sound or arrangements, he uses them as a jumping-off point, funking up some tracks and adding percolating dance beats to others. "Farther Up The Road" is reborn with a jumping groove that wouldn't sound out of place on a Spinners record, for example, while "Stormy Monday Blues" gets a James Brown-goes-acid-jazz treatment. Even when the settings don't venture too far afield, though, Hucknall still brings something individual to the table.
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