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Author: Subject: An In Depth Fan Review of NEW DTB Album:Please DISCUSS!

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 02:02 PM
Starting with the inside cover &,the pics,the layout,if in album form(!),for you ole timers,this is a blast from the past.The liner notes are top notch,the kind you read in the ole days that let ya know ya were about to hear something special.

The sonic quality of the cd is pretty good,but i still gotta believe this would be even better on vinyl.

1.Down in The Flood--Dylan song....nice! DT on bass--heavy,musta been listening to Woody-lol.
The mix is busy or muddled at times,but it's focus is on the song...Mike does justice on this song(speaking as a Dylan/Band freak)...anyone notice(particularly on live,extended cuts) that the lead intro sounds like the JGB on Dear Prudence!

2.Something To Make You Happy--Love Doyle's singing & his playing augments the sound perfectly--a perfect guitar buddy for Derek! nice song...

3.Maybe This Time--song grabs ya...great bass by Pecchio & Doyle is kick ass...nice groove,becomes hauntingly metaphysical. DT wrote a good one! And he plays inspiring guitar...

4.Sweet Inspiration--this song & album) requires multiple listens to absorb.vey tuneful.DT plays the dums too.Susan joins in,nice!a nice sing along at the end & evokes togetherness still yearned for--well done song!

5.Don't Miss Me--DT wrote another...great groove,love Greenwell on drums & pecchio on bass.Catchy tune & DT blows the roof with his geetar...
very professional production,an album to listen to many times!

6.Get What You Deserve--DT,Mattison,Bramhall song.no bass listed here?.DT leads special. a bit of a pedestrian song.

7.Our Love--sweet ass vocal by Doyle.nice acoustic by DT & also written by DT & Doyle.Kofi piano interlude was very well done & was great lead in to great lead by DT (i'd love to hear a bit more piano in the mix--but,that's my personal preference!) Oteil on bass--very nice. excellent song as most have been so far.

8.Down Don't Bother Me --Susan joins in the fun! sweet groovin' music with Mike laying down the song & the band humbly laying back with little bursts of DT leads--short,but hittin' the note.The influence of Duane,EC,Santana,Miles,Coltrane,Robbie,Muddy,Son House,HUbert,Howlin',etc.& all the older or depated musical giants are evident in his passion,tone,choice of notes,style,& the virtue of patience--to respect the integrity of the song.He does it here!!

9.Days Is Almost Gone--DT,Kofi,Mike wrote this.Another example of the deep respects for the song & the art of song writing.DT soars above & the horns are finally somewhat in the mix on this song.

10.Susan sings like an angel in a DT/Warren tune & DT's sarod & acoustic playing are soulful & deeply felt...Pecchio & Greenwell excellent on bass & drums.

a general comment--horns are barely heard throughout most of the cd,but all said this is the best DT album--truly mature & disciplined--it may piss some off,but it's all taste,& i think this release would be a cause for celebration for music freaks in the 60's & 70's--the business & tastes have changed,even cd's don't matter,but people would have long ago got up & showed the recognition of this man's wide ranging brilliance & talent & the future possibilities...nonetheless an album worth deeply exploring...

11.I Know--great intro,crisp DT playing is the standout here.very melodious & tuneful & renegizes the album as it's last song approaches(OK--unless ya got it at best buy--lol)

12.Already Free--down in the delta feel--tribal touch,with DT shining--backporch playin'...too short...leaving me eager to hear the next album he is kind enough to release & bless us with.Thank you Derek & everyone involved!



 
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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 02:14 PM
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The sonic quality of the cd is pretty good,but i still gotta believe this would be even better on vinyl.


I bought the vinyl and now need a player. I will write about the cd soon, a few more listens but I like your review. The pic of Susan and Derek is great, and the quote too.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 02:18 PM
Nice review Effie! I loved the whole thing on the first listen last night. There will be many more listens ahead of this great album!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 02:25 PM
on my third listen now

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 02:47 PM
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"Starting with the inside cover &,the pics,the layout,if in album form(!),for you ole timers,this is a blast from the past."


When I fully opened my copy and saw the photos and layout I instantly thought...

"Wow! Reminds me of the inside or the Layla LP"

I love this album. Another exceptional release from Derek and band.


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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 02:52 PM
dadof2,

Nice review, hope you don't mind if I share it with some others (Audiogon) that don't wander over in this "neck of the woods".

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 02:55 PM
no problem.
 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 04:42 PM
anyone have any thoughts on the album?

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 04:46 PM
still waiting on my vinyl copy.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 04:50 PM
so far so good........

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 04:53 PM
dadof2, I bought my copy yesterday and have so far listened to it 3 times. I really like it. It has a VIBE, Big Time.
I love Susan and Doyle's contributions, and of course Yonrico, Derek, Todd, Count and Mike all sound at the top of their game. Another fine entry into the distinguished Derek Trucks Band album catalog. I especially love "Sweet Inspiration", their version of Bob's "Down in the Flood" and "Days is Almost Gone".

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 05:18 PM
I like it all with the exception of the last 3 (missing) tracks....sorry, just kidding.

It sounds great to me...just what I had hoped for bluesy, rootsy....

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 07:46 PM
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I like it all with the exception of the last 3 (missing) tracks....sorry, just kidding.

It sounds great to me...just what I had hoped for bluesy, rootsy....

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LOL. I have not had time to listen more than once, but I'll be listening next time with effie's review in mind. Thanks Effie-the first listen was good, but I need to listen to it closer (maybe in my car or as I call it, the rolling stereo).

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 08:19 PM
Hey Effie, I received my CD yesterday and listened to it today in the car.
I really do like it and it is the first DTB CD I have acquired.

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 08:31 PM
Effie, so good to read your review. After yours I'm speechless! I am on my 4th listen and I love it, love it love it!! As a matter of fact, They're All Dam Good!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 08:36 PM
Great review!

Makes me REALLY wish my pre-ordered CD would finally arrive....

 
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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 08:51 PM
From the booklet notes:
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6. Get What You Deserve (3:33)
...Derek Trucks (guitar, vocals)...


VOCALS?

I'll have to give this one a REALLY close listen to again!

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 08:58 PM
hi effie,
I bought this on the 180gram vinlyl too (as well as CD). Just finsihed listening to album 1.
The sound so good, warm, fat bass, the entire sound is perfect.
IT's strange but there is no surface noise....i'm listening on an old MK1200 turntable through an NAD9800 amp (20years old - peak-440watts). This is what music is supposed sound like.
It really just sounded perfect to my ears....
love Dereks bass playing as well as his drum playing....
the album feels enitely free.....he's just feelin it.....
i think it's a great work, a statement of where "we" are.....
I'll try to do a song by song another time....



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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 09:01 PM
Picked up the vinyl & the cd, and I gotta say that the mix for the vinyl is sonically very different than the cd, imo. It is a different master than the cd, as the LP liner notes state. I dig the cd mix, but man after I got home and threw the needle in the groove it was like listening to a different album, the openess of it, the space between the instruments, the tone of derek's amp, it felt like I just popped my head in the door of derek's studio because you can feel that room.

Everyone who picked that up is in for a real treat

 

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 09:28 PM
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From the booklet notes:
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6. Get What You Deserve (3:33)
...Derek Trucks (guitar, vocals)...


VOCALS?

I'll have to give this one a REALLY close listen to again!


I downloaded the CD into my itunes and "Sweet Inspiration" is listed as "Sweet Imagination". A fantastic CD,listening to Susan's song as I type this...as I suspected and read here, I see the vinyl version of this in my near future. It just sounds like the kind of album that is made for vinyl.

 

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still waiting on my vinyl copy.


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The one thing i do not like about the cd packaging..on any cd like this one ..is when the cd has to be pulled out from the inside of a fold out cardboard cd box.Too much chance of messing up the playing side of the cd.I really prefer the diamond box or if it is cardboard,having the disc fit in it like a diamond box...

 

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It really feels great to hold an album and be able to see (nice & large) all of the photos on the CD. The sound is truly and mind blowingly astounding.....

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  posted on 1/15/2009 at 10:37 PM
I haven't had time to listen closely yet, but from what I have heard I think you review is right on. My first impression overall is that the songs are a lot stronger on this cd. The musicianship has always carried the others, and the playing is excellent here as well. But, the songs stand on their own better on this one. Great stuff!
 

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At this point, I have two points of view on the album. One is positive, and the other is negative. On the positive note, this is the best Band album to date. The band is firing on all cylinders. Mike's vocal work has risen to new heights with the band, and I believe he has surpassed Derek's presence on the album. He towers above the band to command direction on most songs. This could be viewed as positive or negative. The smooth transition between songs resembles Songlines, and it helps define the professionalism and maturity of the band.

On the negative note, I have to point to Derek. Derek did not amaze me on this album. Derek's guitar work does not push new boundaries. On most songs, Derek's presence is very limited. On Songlines and previous albums, Derek's presence was commanding. Derek seems to be letting the band drive the direction he takes.

Here is something I found. It sums my point of view up much better.

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On early recordings, the DTB presented long-winded guitar-centric songs that focused the attention on Trucks' extraordinary talent. Thanks to songs such as the R&B infused "Days Is Almost Gone" however, the Derek Trucks Band has produced its most commercially viable CD to date.


[Edited on 1/16/2009 by mulelouisville]

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