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Derek Trucks Band

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Year of Release: 2006

track listing
  • Volunteered Slavery
  • I'll Find My Way
  • Crow Jane
  • Sahib Teri Bandi/Maki Madni
  • Chevrolet
  • Sailing On
  • Revolution
  • I'd Rather Be Blind Crippled
    And Crazy
  • All I Do
  • Mahjoun
  • I Wish I Knew
  • This Sky

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    Derek Trucks Band

    It's a coincidence that the Derek Trucks Band is chosen as this week's Album Pick of the Week -- His latest album, Revelator is by him, along with his wife, Susan Tedeschi. Both husband and wife are no strangers to the Billboard Blues Album chart. They have had their fair shares of #1 albums there. Together, they have formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Trucks' 2006 releae, Songlines, would become their first #1 album on the Blues Albums chart.

    The album starts out with a very good instrumental, "Volunteer Slavery,"> as it has a good mix of blues and jazz. "I'll Find My Way" is also a good tune, having an almost jazz style, and soulful blues. "Crow Jane" has a Little Feat feel; the vocals have a resemblance to the early Prince. Carlos Santana comes to mind on "Sahib Teri Bandi/Maki Madni." An instrumental, it resembles the sound of Santana's albums,when he experimented with "earth music," such as his albums Welcome and Caravanserai.

    Standard early blues, that of John Lee Hooker, and the early Animals defines "Chevrolet." Derek Trucks' slide guitar is truly the standout on "Sailing On." "Revolution" is a good rocker, with southern rock guitars that work well on this track. A soulful blues mix has (what a title...) "I'd Rather Be Blind, Crippled And Crazy."

    "All I Do" is another good blues/soulful/jazzy tune, and "Majjoun" is jazzy in a way, yet different, as like the Santana reference mentioned earlier. "I Wish I Knew" is one of those "smooth, cool tunes"; it could easily fit the Smooth Jazz format. The album closes with "This Sky" -- another "cool" tune, relaxing, and a great way to end the album.

    There is no doubt that Songlines is a very definite creative, soulful blues album. His guitar style is also very noticeable. It's easy to see this album reaching the highest spot on the chart. It's an album you can enjoy while driving in your car, or just relaxing by the pool (or other places). It's a blues album, yet it has songs that could be classified as Jazz, Soul. It's all Blues with a zest of other musical flavors mixed in.

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