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Author: Subject: The Derek Trucks Band: "Already Free"

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  posted on 6/1/2009 at 02:53 AM
I know there's been a lot of comment here about this record but I had to say after owning it for two months now how completely blown away by it I really am. I honestly think that in time this record might rank as an all-time classic soul record, and that from a bandleader who never before has made a soul record. Derek just does not make anything but great records, my favorite before this being Soul Serenade. But Already Free is, for lack of a better term, "cohesive" and "listenable" more than anything he's ever done. It's clear that Derek & Co. can do just about whatever they want to do. And I have to say I'm really blown away with Mike Mattison's singing, not to mention the fact that he co-wrote a lot of the tunes here. Having seen Derek twice in the last two months, this material really transfers to the stage well.

I'll stop now before I drool all over myself. I guess the next question would be: How much longer will ABB be able to hold on to this young genius?

 

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  posted on 6/1/2009 at 05:55 AM
hopefully they can keep him untill the ABB calls it quits
 

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  posted on 6/1/2009 at 05:59 AM
I have to agree. I will also admit that I didn't quite get it for a while. But like many of dTb's other albums, they demand a time and place to be given an intense listen. It has many layers of understanding and I keep coming back to it when it calls. I am really enjoying the lyrics and subtelties on Back Where I Started. Beautiful lyrics and gutiar work.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2009 at 06:37 AM
Right on Rob!

This was the first album that friends of mine have really attached to simply because of the cohesiveness of the album as a whole.

Mind you, the earlier albums Joyful Noise and Soul Serenade will likely forever be my favorites but as a whole you can not deny the flow is much better on this new album which is much easier for new listeners to understand.

I come to realize that I and most people on this site have far more appreciation for music than the general public.... They don't have the patience to listen to a whole album if there is one song that throws them off and they do not have the patience to understand all the nuaces that each song has. This is why pop music will always exceed jazz in popular demand even though jazz's muscianship is uncontested in comparison.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2009 at 07:00 AM
Love this CD ... it's gotten a LOT of attention in my player (and is actually 2nd copy I've purchased since I had problems prying the first copy out of my sisters hands ... she somehow couldn't get it out of her car's player... )

 

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  posted on 6/1/2009 at 07:09 AM
completely 100% agree Rob - a phenomenal effort!
 

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  posted on 6/1/2009 at 08:22 AM
good record...but,i much prefer "Songlines".... & I like Susan's "Back To The River" more than it also.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2009 at 09:40 AM
Love Songlines, too!

 

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  posted on 6/1/2009 at 09:54 AM
When I received it, I listened too it a couple times and threw it in the pile. Then I heard it a few times and snippets on the John Boy and Billy. So I popped it back in the cd player and its been there ever since. This is one damn awesome CD. Its some killer stuff. I am really looking forward to their set at Wanee. Playing on the home course and it should be one hell of a show Friday night.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2009 at 09:55 AM
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good record...but,i much prefer "Songlines".... & I like Susan's "Back To The River" more than it also.


I am with you Hugh.

 

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