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Album Review

This affable follow-up to Taj Mahal's on-again/off-again band's successful 2006 debut as its own entity is a genial trawl through some soulful, relatively obscure covers with a few similarly styled originals. It's a relaxed, good-time romp kicked up a few notches by the sextet's impressive talents and careers as studio cats for hire supporting acts as varied as Peter Tosh and B.B. King. The presence of ace roots producer John Porter (who also produced the group's first album) pretty much guarantees that this is no half-baked project, and the results, while not being revelatory, show the Phantom Blues Band to have a solid grasp on Southern-fried, retro soul and R&B. It's a loose, amiable set that connects precisely because it doesn't try too hard, and the players clearly have this music in their blood. Darrell Leonard on trumpet and sax veteran Joe Sublett swing their parts like the Memphis horns and the group's three relatively strong vocalists — guitarist Johnny Lee Schell, bassist Larry Fulcher, and Mike Finnegan on keyboards — keep the approach fresh with slightly different styles. They latch onto soul singer Paul Kelly's "Chills and Fever," a relic from the Dial label, transforming it into a gospel rave-up only hinted at in the original. Mike Finnegan digs into his best Ray Charles impression on a version of Brother Ray's "A Fool for You" that perfectly taps into the song's gospel, R&B, and blues roots and even gives Charles' take serious competition. The band's camaraderie, contagious sense of enjoyment, and dedication to playing dated music they obviously love helps elevate the performances, all of which are jaunty, heartfelt, and above all unpretentious.

Customer Reviews


the review I read said it lacked drive. Horsesh-t. This is clean,bluesy,and has balls. Great work,vocaLS and what it is all about. When are they gonna do some more ? Love it.

Fellow & Fellee S-Rock Lovers

You who the know the way of the birth and growth of 'Stoner-Hard-Metal-melodic-Rock this is where you see the first cracks in the universe that gave us all the rock that was and is and will be. Here you can pay your rrespects to the blazers that rocked a world with no rock, PBB is just one but a good start and you buy and listen to Footprints then slide on over to the Mannish Boys place and embrace your roots. Yes there were others and some earlier but here is where the fullness came forth and the driving force of blues became blues rock and then rock and then SR and all that is growing out of that root. I just started collecting a few months ago and harddrives have been filled and my musical needs and equipment grow as when I was finding Jimi & Zep. This I found today trailing after somebody now forgotten. Don;t deprive yourself brothers & sisters buy load fire up and feel where you came from in the universe of music that is the new and truest yet of all rock. Be glad your here

Good, but check out "Out of Shadows"

CD sounds good but not as soulful as their previous release "Out of Shadows". This is worth the money, but if you have to choose then get the other.

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