Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Wailin' Walker 1996 Buzzsaw Boogie
Rate: 229 kbps VBR / 44100
Size: 77,96 MB
The Wailin' Walker Band plays good-time boogie and they play it well. This Vancouver group's new CD rocks nonstop, with high energy and a clean, bright sound.
"Tryin' to Find my Baby," the opening track, shows Big Al Walker's band at their best. The singer/guitarist plays T-Bone Walker-style licks over a rolling groove, punctuated by simple but effective horn riffs. This is dance music, pure and simple.
Walker wrote most of the tunes here and, when he hits on a good lyrical theme like "While You're Down There," the results are memorable. This slow burning blues has Hammond B-3 organ and electric guitar meshing to create a densely textured sound while the vocals are reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan.
An instrumental, "Dawn 'til Dusk," highlighted some nice jagged soloing by Big Al. Another guitar showcase, "Devil Made Me Play," is even hotter but, unfortunately, is less than two minutes long.
Other than those two workouts, the band adheres rather slavishly to the boogie formula, which makes the disc sound repetitious. Songs like "Gasoline Alley" and "Down the Highway" lack anything special to elevate them above the routine.
"Boogie with Ya," which appears in two different takes, is the type of live crowd-pleaser that sounds merely clichéd on record (the lyrical hook is "I want to boogie with ya baby"). On the other hand, it might work as a beer commercial...
01 - Tryin' To Find My Baby 02:55
02 - I Feel Fine 03:54
03 - Boogie With Ya' 03:19
04 - Buzzsaw 03:58
05 - While You're Down There 04:28
06 - Down The Highway 03:56
07 - Pretty Girls Everywhere 03:50
08 - Gasoline Annie 03:14
09 - Dawn 'til Dusk 04:18
10 - Outlaw Blues 03:28
11 - Let's Make It 03:47
12 - Devil Made Me Play It 01:52
13 - Boogie Baby 03:18
Gamble for more Wailin' Walker