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Editors’ Notes

A genuine craziness courses through the grooves of Dig Thy Savage Soul, blowing away fears that Barrence Whitfield might have mellowed with time. This veteran master of primal R&B and his garage-rocking comrades go for broke on every track, stirring up echoes of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Hasil Adkins, and the early Stooges along the way. Whitfield’s voice is truly a thing of wonder here—he screams, growls, and snarls his way through songs of love and lunacy with a conviction that’s both thrilling and frightening. Peter Greenberg’s raw yet supple guitar work and Tom Quartulli’s blistering sax solos are likewise outstanding, skirting the edge of chaos without losing their rough-hewn finesse. Tracks like “The Corner Man,” “Daddy’s Gone to Bed," and “Oscar Levant” are barely controlled outbursts of musical violence, blending shards of Memphis soul and classic rockabilly with a healthy dollop of punk. The band veers into surf rock on “Blackjack” and adds some gutbucket swing to “Hey Little Girl.” “Sugar” (a masochistic rave-up) and “I’m Sad About It” (a tormented lovelorn ballad) give Whitfield the sort of overheated lyrics that perfectly suit his maniacal style.

Customer Reviews

Doesn't get any better than this! Awesome!

BW&tS does it again - jacked R&B at its finest.

Unhinged R&B from a legend

Several decades into their career, BWATS are still rocking as hard as ever. I'm not familiar enough with all of their albums to rank this one in comparison, but it's got to be among their best. Barrence and his band meld classic R&B, rock and roll, and blues with a punk attitude. As a singer, he's in the tradition of Screamin' Jay, Little Richard, and Muddy Waters, while still being totally unique.
Not only is the music great, but this is a great sounding album. The 80s/90s albums can sound a bit tinny and tame due to the recording practices of the time. Here, they sound loud, raw, and in your face.

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