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Humbler: Live [Import]

Robert Gordon, Danny Gatton Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: NRG Records
  • ASIN: B000001XR1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The stunning Danny Gatton.... 2 Nov 2005
By Simon Uglow VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A few years ago, I remember hearing a track on the radio- Danny Gatton, from the Elmira Street album. I mentioned it to a friend, who asked if I had heard "The Humbler", and did I like rockabilly? Well, the answer was actually no to both, but he bought me a copy anyway. This is frankly one of the most stunning albums - this group of musicians had only played live together three times before, and occasionally it shows (when asked to play a particular track, Gordon admits they haven't worked it out yet!). This was recorded in a small club, and the atmosphere must have been incredible. The sleeve notes are well worth reading, as the background to how this CD was released is fascinating. Robert Gordon is an excellent singer, but Gatton steals the whole thing - his guitar playing is simply amazing, his ability to change styles and techniques is awesome. This is simply a terrific album, featuring one of the more neglected guitarists of recent times, who sadly is now playing in the Heaven All Stars...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gatton is so good, it's scary... 4 Aug 2009
By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I have written elsewhere on Amazon about how fantastically good Danny Gatton was as a guitarist. However, if I had to pick one record that sums the man up, then it is this one, an extremely rare (and, therefore, prohibitively pricey), purest distillation of what the man had to offer. Although he went on record in an interview to state that he found his tenure with Robert Gordon far too limited (at least as far as studio work was concerned), Gatton gets to stretch out here. His range of guitar tones, deft use of echo, and incredibly fast fingerpicking is not merely an exercise in being flash, Gatton obviously listened carefully for waht the song required, and added guitar accordingly. The version of Bruce Springsteen's 'Fire' (a hit for The Pointer Sisters, bizarrely enough) is a fine example of where his incisive rhythm work was so effective. The pure Country of Webb Pierce's 'There Stands The Glass' features a Gatton solo of aching tenderness. Then the rollicking 'Lover Boy' combines Rockabilly and Country lead work that is simply breathtaking to behold. It's all good, nothin' bad, and a snip at ANY price!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the rockabilly guitar player, the Gatton album to own. 18 April 1999
By tperuzzi@chugach.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are interested in rockabilly guitar playing, this is an important album to own. Gatton runs through his bag of rockabilly tricks with humbling speed and accuracy.
As far as being enjoyable listening, it is fair. Vocals, drums and bass are adequate, but fairly uninspired. Gatton's playing is marvelous but sometimes so over the top it detracts from the song - like he is on 11 all the time.
The quality of the recording is good, although it lacks some of the high frequency content of a modern recording. It is 48 minutes long with 15 songs. It is a mono recording bootlegged off a mixing board during a 1981 club show on the band's fourth gig together.
Since this album is mostly rockabilly, you won't hear the full range of Gatton's musical abilities (but you still get a lot in 48 minutes!). You get an appreciation of his technical proficiency. The soloing, while technically astounding, sometimes comes off as gimmickry as Danny wedges so much material into 3 chord rock(-abilly) songs. Of course gimmickry is permissible, encouraged, and perhaps even a hallmark of rockabilly, so if his soloing comes off as gimmickry maybe that is a neutral or positive comment. More specifically, some of the soloing is sped up and fancied up riffs from Rockabilly standards such as "Hello Mary-Lou" or "Rock-Around-the-Clock" - songs which he ain't playin' when he borrows the riffs. Some of his later recordings, like Redneck Jazz, feature more complex arrangements as Danny is not limited, as he was on this gig, to mostly 3 or 4 chord standards.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have CD for guitar and rockabilly fans. 27 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a legendary performance; the bootleg recording was a prized possession among guitar players for many years. And now I'm thankful it has been made available on CD and I was able to obtain a copy of it. This is just incredibly fun to listen to!
As some other reviewers have pointed out, the quality of the recording is very good but might not quite be up to modern standards. But it is plenty good enough, and we're lucky to have a recording at all. How did it come about? That's part of the legend: When Gatton showed up a few hours before the show that night for a sound check, the technicians working at the club couldn't believe what they were hearing and quickly scrambled to record everything as best they could. And it's a good thing they did!!
I'm not a Danny Gatton expert, but from what I've heard to date, this is Danny at his best. The stuff of his that I've sampled so far hasn't always appealed to me; e.g. the Cruisin' Deuces CD, which I didn't care much for. But when Danny was into it and felt like letting it rip, well, it just doesn't get much better than that for guitar fans.
Due to its stature, this is one of those things you'll want to own just to say you have it. But if you like great guitar work, or hard-driving rockabilly, or both, you'll enjoy listening to it more than anything.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Gordon and then some! 12 Jun 2010
By Stephen C. Harvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I don't know what some of the reviewers on this page have against Robert Gordon, but I had never heard of Danny Gatton the one time I saw him (on this tour at the Chestnut Cabaret in Philly). I went to see Gordon and still go to see him because I enjoy his singing. Danny was just icing on the cake at that point. Since then I have become a big Gatton fan and this CD is a great showcase for both. One thing, if you let the last cut run two minutes you will hear a hidden cut. It starts in the middle of the Gatton soundcheck that Danny did with just the drummer earlier that day. The soundman heard Danny play and started rolling tape through the soundcheck. Luckily for us he got that evening's show too. I would have loved to have seen a DVD of this tour, but I'm glad I got to see the World Greatest Unknown Guitarist at least once.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SA-MOKIN' 14 April 2002
By christopher solis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
... Danny Gatton was one of the most blazing guitar players ever. This recording is but an example of what this master of many styles could do in the rockabilly style. Danny had the chops and he wasn't ashamed aout it; this recording is over the top with ...-ripping licks blazing a smoking scar up and down your fire-breathing colon because D. Gatton spent some time in his life PRACTICING he tears up the neck. Dig. If you like Steve Morse you will appreciate Danny Gatton.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Performance! 17 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Robert Gordon always manages to compliment his outstanding voice with equally strong guitarists. Here Danny Gatton gives one of his best live performances I've heard, even on the included soundcheck!
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