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  • Original Release Date: 16 Jan 2007
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • Copyright: 2007 by Alligator Records & Artist Management Inc
  • Total Length: 54:33
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  • ASIN: B002EX7HNO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,419 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Claire Butcher on 17 Aug 2007
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I had never come across this group until I was on a transatlantic flight and heard one of their tracks on the Delta Air Lines radio station. It was so uplifting that I ordered the CD immediately on my return. I wasn't disappointed! The whole album is a joy - in turn making you want to get up and dance or start sobbing with emotion. These guys are real pros and their musicianship and vocal skills are superb. Many of the tracks are covers, but are much better than the originals, particularly 'I want you to want me' and even 'If I had a boat'. I am thrilled to discover that they've made so many albums and I'm looking forward to getting into their back catalogue!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Alan Dorfman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Drawing from a variety of musical styles including Southern-fried blues, Stax soul, zydeco, gospel and country the Holmes Brothers provide a substantial, rib-sticking musical delight. With help from friends like Roseann Cash (duetting on Hank Williams' "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You) with it's heartbreaking mandolin), with Levon Helms of The Band on "I've Just Seen The Rock Of Ages" and with Joan Osborne on the soulful "Those Memories", the Holmes Brothers do it right whether a straight-forward rendering of Lyle Lovett's "If I Had A Boat" or converting the swamp funk of Creedence's "Bad Moon Rising" into a Cajun burner or completely making over Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny About) Peace, Love And Understanding" turning it from a raver (Elvis Costello's version) into a stately prayer, a mood which also ends the CD with the moving "God Will."

Taste this and you'll be back soon for seconds and thirds.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning 18 Jan 2007
By Open Ears - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On this latest disc the Holmes Brothers grow both increasingly daring and assured as interpreters. Their own tunes too hold up real well against their heartfelt, original reimagining of other's great songs on this effort. Each of them into their 60's now, the soul just keeps getting deeper and the harmonies sweeter. It's hard for me to overstate what a sublime turn their " I Want You to Want Me" represents. I can't imagine Rick Nielsen knew his song had this kind of moving spiritual dimension to it. Similarly the Holmes' take on Nick Lowe's "What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding" is both a timely commentary and a compelling mirror image to Elvis Costello's angry young man approach to the lyric years ago. In their hands, its a wistful plea from men who've seen our better natures denied again and again. As opposed to many discs where guest stars contributions feel tacked on or uninspired--here each one is a bit of a triumph. Joan Osbourne's compelling and spirited contribution on the rollicking Those Memories of You is just plain old funky. Levon Helm's transporting of Rock of Ages to some haunting raw Appalachin place is incredibly moving and Rosanne Cash's immaculate, disciplined and perfectly complimentary duet with Wendell Holmes on I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You lets you hear that familiar song anew. For my money, among their own tunes, the sly and slinky Gasoline Drawers elicits a smile each time I've listened to it. A CD full of highlights from a band that's delivered a career full of them as well.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Awesome Harmonies 6 Feb 2007
By Bernard Parks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a judge for the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge each year. I often wonder if a solo/duo/band will come along that will thrill me. It's only happened to me once...if young artist want to get into blues and be successful they should listen to this cd over and over and over.

The Holmes Brothers lend their harmony packed vocals and musicianship on each and every cut of this wonderful cd. The reviews of "I Want You to Want Me" above are so true. I personal favorite-favorites (because they are all my favorites i have to kick it up a notch :-) .....as I was saying, my personal favorite-favorites are "Three Gray Walls" with it's wonderful lilting melodies, "Gasoline Drawers" is funny and poignant simultaneously and the rollicking "Those Memories of You" with Joan Osborne blowing as only she can. She is one of the few female artist who doesn't change her style when singing soul, blues and or jazz. she interprets the songs with her own voice as opposed to changing her voice to be more "soulful" or "bluesy"...back to the song :-) Those Memories of You range from gospel to honky tonk and country and it all works within the span of it's 3 minute duration....the cd is phenomenal!!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A must for your collection 8 Mar 2007
By mad cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The more you listen to this CD the more you'll hear. It's great music with fabulous attitude. The lyrics are starting to bubble over into the way I talk. One of my favorite songs has the line: "I can't stand your conversation." I tried this out on my husband the other day. Fortunately we both laughed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Joyous Blues 30 Oct 2007
By Music fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Holmes Brothers have long mined blues classics to reintepret, but on their latest they are more adventurous, reaching out to cover Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?", John Fogerty's "Bad Moon Rising," and Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me." With the Lowe and Cheap Trick tunes, they turn angry, forceful tunes by young men into stately pleas by wiser heads. It's stunning how emotionally changed the songs are with their slow-burning interpretations. Meanwhile, Fogerty's warning is transformed into a raucous two-step.

The originals by Wendell, particularly "Smiling Face Hiding A Weeping Heart" stand up well alongside the classics. Appearances by friends like Rosanne Cash, Joan Osbourne, and Levon Helm are genuine contributions, not just star turns. It's a joy to listen to these three guys having this much fun.
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