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You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks [CD]

Seasick Steve Audio CD
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Much has been written recently about the long and colourful life and late-developing career of Seasick Steve, not all of it accurate. The facts, so far as he remembers them, are as follows.

Steve Wold was born in Oakland, in the San Francisco Bay Area around the post-war period when white folks started paying serious attention to the music of black ... Read more in Amazon's Seasick Steve Store

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  • Audio CD (30 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Play It Again Sam
  • ASIN: B004UJ2KZK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fifth studio album by the hugely popular Steven Gene Wold aka Seasick Steve featuring legendary Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones.

BBC Review

If you had to write a list of phrases describing Seasick Steve (real name Steve Wold), "self-deprecating" would probably rank pretty high on the list. It's just one of the unusual characteristics attributed to the silver-bearded American bluesman that has had the UK slowly falling in love with him over the five years since his breakout record Dog House Blues of 2006. And how we've fallen for him: his albums consistently perform better on these shores than anywhere else, and 2008 saw him sell out London's illustrious Royal Albert Hall. That's quite a career arc for a man who learned his musical craft while riding the rails and looking for work as a casual labourer in the US.

Wold's wry sense of self-deprecation is literally written all over his latest record. With the album's title, he seems to be acknowledging his own limitations, or at least challenging outside perceptions of his unswerving brand of distorted, down-home blues, usually played on clapped-out, improvised instruments. "Never need to change my style / Been this way for a long, long while / Maybe there's a few things I oughtta fix," he hollers on the title-track. It feels like a declaration of intent, and the rest of the album bears out the threat.

You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks is still recognisably a Seasick Steve album, but it also marks a distinct broadening of the guitarist's style. The album stretches to new band members too, with erstwhile Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Dan Magnusson joining Wold on several tracks to provide a punchy rhythm section he has hitherto denied himself. It's an effective partnership; the extra power on Back in the Doghouse pushes the Seasick sound ever further into rock'n'roll crossover territory. Elsewhere, opener Treasures embraces the sombre atmospherics of the great country and folk miserablists, Wold's rumbling sigh - an appealing cross between Johnny Cash and Mark Lanegan - accompanied by violins that wouldn't sound out of place on a Nick Cave/Warren Ellis collaboration. Throughout, Wold seems to be making a concerted effort to find new gears within his rattling crankshaft of a voice.

Old Dog New Tricks is hardly an overhaul - the likes of Don't Know Why She Love Me but She Do ensures there's plenty here for adherents to the tried and true. But it's clear that this old dog is stretching his legs more than on any previous album. As much as Wold might like to put himself down, his work speaks confidently for itself.

--Chris Lo

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rousing Stomping Blues Album! 1 Jun 2011
By David Lusher TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a great blues album from Seasick Steve, beginning with the introspective and quiet 'Treasures'. Then the fun begins. The title track is a real stomper with heavy blues slide guitar. 'Burnin' Up' is surely one of Steve's best songs and reminds me of John Lee Hooker - it begins quietly and conversationally then develops into this wonderful toe-tapping number. 'Don't Know Why She Love Me But She Do' is a rhythm-driven masterpiece (the percussion on this album is superb) a bit like early Led Zeppelin complete with slide guitar. 'Have Mercy On The Lonely' and Whiskey Ballad' are on the quieter side, then 'Back In The Doghouse' comes bursting in with thumping drums and electric slide. And it goes on! There is not a duff track on this album; Steve's vocals are terrific - I'll stick my neck out and say this is the best album he has ever released. Boy can he rock! This deserves to be a massive hit and is one of the best things I've heard all year. Highly recommended.
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Another great recording from Seasick Steve, one of the true blues greats. Bursting onto the scene in 2006 with his patented brand of up-tempo blues played on a variety of homemade instruments, accompanied by spoken word stories of his life as a hobo, he has released a series of essential records.

With this album he shows that this old dog has managed to learn a few new tricks. He starts off with an uncharacteristic slow tempo moody song `Treasures'. The then kicks it up a gear and gets into full swing with the rocking `You can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks', which sets the tone for the rest of the album of scorching foottappin blues. As an added bonus, there is a 12 minute hidden track in which Steve tells more of his hoboing adventures, something that was sadly missing from his last album. He has expanded his musical palette a bit, with the aid of bassist Jon Paul Jones (yes, he of Led Zeppelin fame), who adds a rock steady rhythm and some rock credentials to the album. All in all this extension of Steve's basic sound works incredibly well, making this a classy and classic record.

The key to Steve's artistry is that, like all great blues artists, he has lived a full and eventful life, with much hardship. His writing and singing is inspired and informed by the years of hoboing around America. It adds another dimension to the recording, a touch of realism that sets it apart. It's reminiscent of the great Blues artists in 1950's Chicago, such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, many of whom had tough lives before (and after) they found fame. Indeed, there are several occasions when Steve plays guitar breaks that sound a lot like Muddy Waters or John Lee Hooker.

This is music straight from the heart.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ironically, he HAS learned some tricks! 6 Jun 2011
By Sam Woodward TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've been a fan of Seasick Steve since he first started popping up on 'Later'. I loved Dog House Music but found his next couple of albums were pretty much the same old sound & in a couple of places, seemingly the same riffs. But he's really developed here, having put a band together so it's no longer just his old guitar & the box he used to stomp on for percussion. Instead, there's more of a heavy sound. But none of the baby's gone out with the bath water - there's still Steve's distinctive tunes, great vocals & raw lyrics.

This is a great blues album, every track a gem.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to Brook the Trend 7 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
Let me begin by saying I love SSS and I have every one of his albums, but I have to say that if this had been the first album he had released, it would have been the last and only one I bought!! Where's the originality that he brought to his earlier albums????
Even John Paul Jones didn't manage to lift it for me. Some tracks sounded just like Johnny Cash and others like poor versions of John Prine songs. Sorry for the negatives but if you want to be introduced to SSS first try "Started out with Nothing" and go on from there!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Album 30 May 2011
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Since first hearing him about three years ago, Seasick Steve has now become one of my favourites. This, his latest album has all the tracks written by Seasick himself, except track 6 'Whisky Ballad', which was written by Paul Martin Wold. Playing the banjo, along with his selection of guitars, all the tracks here are yet more great blues music.

Joined by the likes of Dan Magnusson, John Paul Jones, Gerogina Leech and others, there are some fantastic riffs, and your feet will start stomping. If you have never listened to Seasick before, it is about time you did, and find out what you are missing out on. The booklet accompanying this cd has the lyrics, and also about the cover photo of the album, Twm, a Labrador Collie cross.

If you are a fan of blues, then this is an album for your collection. Although there are 12 tracks on this, there is in fact 13, but the last one is just Seasick Steve reminiscing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PLENTY OF LIFE LEFT IN THE OLD DOG. 4 Jun 2011
By BAZ316
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In a word,brilliant.
TEASURES kicks the album of nicely to get the groove going.
YOU CAN'T TEACH AN OLD DOG NEW TRICKS is a very true account of who he is,and it is very Steve.
BURNIN' UP is a really good take on unrequited love,quickly gets inbedded into your head.
I DON'T KNOW WHY SHE LOVE ME BUT SHE DO is again what you'd expect from Steve,and it's the kind of track that we love him for.
HAVE MERCY ON THE LONELY shows sympathy to those without love,and advises to grab it if it's there.
WHISKEY BALLAD though not written by Steve is sung in the typical manner we've got a lot of respect for.
BACK IN THE DOGHOUSE makes you laugh at frustrating situations beyond your control,bad areas of life you just can't avoid.
UNDERNEATH A BLUE AND CLOUDLESS SKY takes a look at life for what you can make it,rather than what you can't,really good stuff.
WHAT A WAY TO GO cetainly doesn't pull any punches in looking at how unfair working hard to die too young is.
PARTY i would say is a little different for Steve,but works really well.
DAYS GONE looks at getting old but keeping your spirit strong,gotta love him for it.
LONG LONG WAY is a brilliant way to end a brilliant cd. growing old and trying to pass on experience,and to appreciate life.
Then of course,there's another story telling moment,and his true stories and really something to hear. If you like Steve,you'll love this.
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I love the music of Seasick Steve but this is outstanding. Worth a listen even if you've never heard him.
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been hooked on this guy ever since i saw him on jool,s holland show love his laid back style but moreover his music played from the heart on knocked up guitars with missing strings... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great progression from the early works
I bought all 4 of the current Sea Sick Steve albums on the strength of hearing just a couple of numbers from the Jules Holland show and the things that he said when he appeared on... Read more
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