Thursday, May 18, 2017

Edgar Winter's White Trash 1972 Roadwork (LL)

Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 269 kbps VBR / 44100 from lossless source!
Time: 01:06:20
Size: 128,28 MB

United States

Roadwork is an Edgar Winter, Jerry LaCroix and Rick Derringer tour de force! Add in Johnny Winter singing lead on "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" and well, bring down the house! To say this is a high energy live album is a definite understatement.

The album is from 2 concerts: one at the Apollo theater in NY City and the other is the Whiskey A Go Go in LA. I can't tell which songs are from which venue - they sound like they could be from the same concert. Impressive consistency.

In most of the tracks the bass really good. Randy Jo Hobbs right-on bass works may be critically underappreciated. The great funk base on Cool Fool is great but his is especially prominent on Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo where his dual lead with Johnny Winter makes that song the prize of the album. Wow!

Of course there isn't a bad track on the album, or a quiet ballad. Just a great mix of driving blue, jazz and funk mixed together expertly. Given it was recorded in the 70's the sound quality is pretty darn good which helps make Roadwork a stand-out album. It's also the perfect compliment to the studio White Trash album and highlights the difference between the studio work and when the restraints come off in their live performance.

A skill that may be mostly lost in these days of downloads and playlists is the art of the album. When vinyl was the medium an album was a linear thing and a lot of thought and skill went into what songs would be included and in what order. If you play the album in order I think the thought and skill that make album creation an art are apparent. This is a very listenable album from track 1 to track 10 non-stop.

I first owned this album on vinyl back when it first came out in the 70's. That's long worn out and I'm thrilled to have my White Trash Roadwork listenable again on CD and MP3. Even after 4 decades I just can't sit still when this album goes on and love playing it while working or dancing around the house or driving my car (though I may tend to speed a bit while the music revs me up!). If you like a driving and rocking fusion of blues, jazz and funk recorded live you've got the right album. (Stephanie Sullivan)


01 - Save The Planet 07:39

02 - Jive, Jive, Jive 03:13

03 - I Can't Turn You Loose 03:57

04 - Still Alive And Well 03:59

05 - Back In The U.S.A. 05:53

06 - Rock And Roll, Hoochie Koo 05:44

07 - Tobacco Road 17:11

08 - Cool Fool 06:06

09 - Do Yourself A Favor 04:48

10 - Turn On Your Lovelight 07:50

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