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Now, here is a recording that really deserves to be better known. This 1972 effort has been called the "great lost Band album" more than once, as all the members of the Band play on it (along with such roots-rock luminaries as Dr. John, Bobby Neuwirth, and David Sanborn). Singer-songwriter Bobby Charles, author of such classic early rock and roll songs as "See you Later Alligator" and "Walking to New Orleans," here writes tunes that mix dialect with subtle commentary, in a manner similar perhaps to Fred Neil or Randy Newman. This Louisiana native has a mellifluous, deep and soulful voice which works perfectly with the Band dudes, as it sounds almost like a mixture of Danko's, Manuel's, and Robertson's singing styles. Charles's devil-may-care vocals float lazily atop mellow backing jams that fuse laid-back swamp boogie, chooglin' rock, and outlaw country. There's not a dud among the whole bunch.

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Pleasant Surprise

I downloaded this CD based on a couple reviews and a hunch. I cant believe he is not more popular. Without a doubt this is a gem of a CD; very soulful with a touch of New Orleans. It's Ray Charles meets the Band. ;)

Incorrect Review

Fantastic album by an inspired songwriter. I would like to correct the I Tunes reviewer though in reference to The Band, Robbie Robertson never sang for The Band, his name should be replaced by that of Levon Helm whose soulful voice gave so many Band songs their transcendent, yet uniquely American quality.

the best-kept secret in rock and roll history

"Who's going to work and make the economy grow if we all hang out in the street? I don't know and I don't care, just as long as it ain't me." Bobby Charles, 1972, is the sound of drop-out America, a gorgeously natty sweater of a record, totally elegant, stone free, beautiful, sad, unbelievably natural, organic, cracked, torn, frayed, rained-on, dried out, the essence of the early 70s, more like the Band than any Band album and basically just the best damned record you could hope to find on a lark. Rick Danko spirits the record to zen perfection with his bass riffs and hobbled harmonies. Perfect.


Born: February 21, 1938 in Abbeville, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

More successful as a songwriter than a singer, Bobby Charles was nonetheless an important contributor to Louisiana music in both respects. He authored several hits for key artists in the early days of rock & roll (including Bill Haley and Fats Domino), and although he recorded mostly in obscurity, he emerged as one of the founding fathers of swamp pop. Robert Charles Guidry was born February 21, 1938, in the Cajun-country town of Abbeville, LA, and grew up listening to traditional Cajun music. As...
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