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  • Audio CD (25 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord
  • ASIN: B00AU15GUS
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,851 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Product Description

1. Chicken Switch
2. Minute By Minute
3. Drop On Me
4. Heartbreak
5. One Way Love
6. Gold Mine
7. Let The Monkey Ride
8. The Gypsy
9. So They Say
10. Nothin' I Wouldn't Do
11. Look Out
12. If Only I Knew

BBC Review

Singer, guitarist and songsmith James Hunter is always dependably excellent, both in the recording studio and when treading the boards of stages on both sides of the Atlantic.

The only reservation might spring from the unchanging nature of his chosen format, although this new session does actually make some attempt to expand the band palette, as well as the scope of some numbers.

The vivid nostalgia remains, with these all-original cuts sounding like they could easily have been laid down back in the golden ages of the 1950s and 60s. In reality they were recorded in Los Angeles with Daptones label co-founder Gabriel Roth.

Blues, soul, rock’n’roll: these remain the Hunter foundations, undiluted soulfulness being the dominant voice. This is an Englishman who has garnered a following in the American heartland of this music.

He’s now working with a bigger band, after taking five years to deliver the follow-up to The Hard Way. Much attention is paid to period detail, these 12 short songs laid down live in the studio, preserving a natural reverb.

Hunter’s raw and emotive vocals rise above his stinging, curlicued guitar solos, flanked by bullish saxophones, jangling piano, jabbing organ and clattering drums.

The title track resounds with a meaty piano pummel, down in the bass zone, coupled with a slamming snare drum. The horns step forward for Drop on Me, and it sounds like Hunter is strumming acoustic guitar on extended slinker Heartbreak, or perhaps just heavily dampening his electric strings.

Vibraphone imparts a chirpy character to the swiftly trotting One Way Love. There is so much plaintive yearning in these songs, but Hunter always expresses such sentiments with a positive energy that transcends any tendency towards misery, vivifying any bleakness.

Let the Monkey Ride’s organ figure lends a light reggae frisson, then The Gypsy offers a darker variation on Allen Toussaint’s Fortune Teller. It’s awash with heavy reverb, Hunter intoning darkly, baritone saxophone honking bullishly.

Nothin’ I Wouldn’t Do makes a jerky shuffle, and Look Out is one of the album’s best tracks, lurking in penultimate place. If Only I Knew concludes in a reflective ballad frame, with its sensitive acoustic guitar strums, these songs marking a strong triple climax to the session.

--Martin Longley

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Matthews on 18 Aug. 2014
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This an excellent CD of finely crafted and well executed songs. Although the style has obvious references to urban blues, rock n' roll, skiffle and even soul, there's something distinctive and quirky about the sound of the James Hunter Six. This is characterised by angular, edgy guitar riffs and occasional contributions from a "singing toothache" organ, often playing somewhat pleasantly distant to the key of the song. The vocals are also of a high standard, exhibiting an impressive vocal and dynamic range. The lyrics seem effortless but they are very thoughtful, and generally express fine sentiments. I recommend this CD wholeheartedly to anyone who likes strong, original, well-constructed and performed songs, with a decent spirit. I can also promise that, unlike so many others, the music on this CD is positive, happy and uplifting. Despite dealing with some difficult and painful subjects in some songs, the whole experience is light, brightening your day and leaving you feeling like life is worth living. Currently a favourite after a tiring day at work.
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By E. Kelly on 9 Feb. 2014
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I have just completed a selected compilation of downloads from 'minute by minute','the hard way' and 'believe what I say' They are all good albums. Even my selectivity of tracks meant that I downloaded the equivalent of two albums & not the lot, but that is an indication that the vast majority of the tracks are well executed with no real duffers amongst them.I just prefer the up-tempo stuff more. ' Minute By Minute' seems to be the best album as James' voice seems to have a more lived in feel to it now. If you;ve ever liked Sam Cooke, Boz Scaggs, Smokey Robinson, or Hank Ballard You will probably like James Hunter too. he has one of those classic,richly toned,old style, RnB vocals that bring real feeling into the lyrics. His style may be retro but that doesn't matter one bit if it's done with conviction & has superb quality, and those two traits are very much in abundance here. I sneakily feel that Rod Stewart, who has always been a fan of old style RnB, would have loved to have been able to sing like this, but he never could and still can't. Good ol' Rod just croaks by comparison. James Hunter is a new singer to my ears and I love what he and his band/s have done to bring RnB back to life again.

Eamonn
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I bought this after seeing the band do a great set at the Americana festival in Gateshead. I was well impressed with the stage antics and was keen to hear them on the record...I wasn't disappointed! Vintage sounding production, great arrangements and James blistering vocal, a sound that could alternately strip the paint off your stair well, blow the tiles off your roof, and make you Anna glypta slip off. Seriously if you like a spot of funk and soul of an evening, give these guys a spin!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MIA on 8 May 2013
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Good album if you like James Hunter I prefer the people gonna talk album myself but once youve seen him and heard him you want the lot,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Carr on 29 April 2013
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This is James Hunter back to his best.

It's a mixed but very enjoyable set of tracks.

Roll on the next album.
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By rob w on 4 Aug. 2014
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This is the third album by James Hunter I have bought and my reaction to this album is the same as to the other two. They are beautifully played and Hunter is a good singer, however there is just no fire to the music it sounds like a pastiche of something that was done better 50 or 60 years ago by B. B. King and others. So what you have here is a Sunday afternoon album, a pleasant and relaxing listen. To damn it with faint praise it is polite music.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2013
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This is James' first record since 'The Hard Way' five years ago and his first record recorded in the US in collaboration with Daptone supremo Gabriel Roth who has previously worked with Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. It does have that really authentic 50s/60s R&B sound suggesting Sam Cooke and Otis Redding but to me it sounds very similar to his previous records produced in Britain, with his voice sounding just a bit rawer and rougher but still able to really swing on numbers like the single "One way love". The band produce a very full sound for just a six-piece and although they largely keep to the classic vintage soul vibe there are also elements of gospel, blues, reggae, latin and 60s pop in the mix. Like records of the period they concentrate mainly on ensemble playing, with the occasional smokey tenor solo or breaks featuring James' guitar. On the first couple of listens I don't think that the songs here are quite as outstanding as on previous albums, especially the excellent "People gonna talk", and I'd probably pick "Drop on me" and "Heartbreak" as my favourite tracks.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By andy on 14 Jun. 2013
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This album is one of my favourites at the moment, it could have been recorded in the 60's.
The variation in the style of songs really makes this stand out from the crowd.
I have spread the word about how good this album is, and hopefully more sales are due.
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