For long time fans of the Native-American group Redbone we have waited a very long time for their 1972 album "Already Here" to be finally released on CD. As the old saying goes however all good things come to those who wait and after all this time Redbone's fourth album has been recorded on compact disc. While a long wait it was certainly worth it.
While not I think Redbone's best album it is still a strong album that not only has that classic sound and beat we have come to associate with the group but expanding on that sound adding horns or strings here and there throughout the recordings. There is even a couple of songs that has a tinge of country to them which might surprise the listener who are use to the "King Kong" beat of earlier Redbone albums.
"Already Here" is worth getting for at least two reason. First of all Redbone's version of the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller song "Poison Ivy" is well worth the price of admission on its own. Possibly the best version I have ever heard of this song. Second reason for getting this disc is the bonus tracks. There are three bonus tracks in addition to the nine original songs. Two of the tracks are singles versions ("Speakeasy" and "Already Here") of songs on "Already Here". The third bonus track is of the controversial (least wise it was contoversial here in the U.S.) recording "We Were All Wounded At Wounded Knee". The song is about the massacre of the Sioux Indians by the 7th Cavalry that took place in 1890. Released as a single in 1973 radio stations would not play it here in the U.S. and Redbone could not get it on any of their later albums including their Greatest Hits album. The events that occurred that day in 1890 was I guess still too sore and controversial a topic to address let alone sing about. Consequently few Americans had even heard about, let alone heard period, the song itself. Meanwhile over in Europe "Wounded Knee" would become a big hit for Redbone all throughout the continent and their popularity would rise. I guess Wounded Knee wasn't such a controversial issue over there. So that alone makes having "Already Here" a must to include in your music collection if just to have such a rare, hard to find recording.
Of course for the serious fan of Redbone needless to say you will be getting, if not already gotten, the album to add with your other Redbone albums. If however all you know of Redbone is from their big hit "Come And Get Your Love" then this will help to expand your knowledge on the group. Either way I highly recommed this CD.