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Otis Taylor's Contraband

Otis Taylor's Contraband

13 Mar 2012
4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 13 Mar. 2012
  • Release Date: 13 Mar. 2012
  • Label: Telarc
  • Total Length: 58:15
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  • ASIN: B007R0MLQM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,769 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Nobody, but nobody, sounds like Otis Taylor. So much so that he has an entire genre named after his distinctive style. With his eclectic and unusual band back in harness, Taylor's latest eponymous trance blues outing is probably his most consistent set yet.

Opening with the gospel-backed "The Devil's Gonna Lie", Taylor settles quickly into that familiar hypnotic single-chord groove which sets the tone for much of what follows. Alternating between vigorous electric work-outs and more reflective acoustic musings, this is an effective and engaging collection that holds its own alongside Taylor's best work. In general, the up-tempo offerings are the more memorable.

Along with the opening track, "Romans Had Their Way", "Contraband Blues", "Banjo Boogie Blues" and "I Can See You're Lying" are immediate highlights.

Taylor writes with a remarkable economy that can sometimes be mistaken for over-simplicity. On tracks like "Blind Piano Teacher", he reveals disconcertingly little in the way of actual information - "She was a blind piano teacher, he was an older man. And they lived by the sea" - leaving the listener to imagine and fill in the rest. It might not work elsewhere, but in Taylor's hands it somehow does.

A return to form.
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Otis Taylor's latest release follows on from his previous records, with his basic trance blues with enigmatic lyrics (often based on historic subjects) which are then enhanced with musical accompaniment including electric blues lead guitar, violin, jazz cornet, pedal steel guitar and gospel choir. This record features even more variety than previous releases with more acoustic songs, with many featuring Otis's banjo. Lead guitarist Jon Paul Johnson seamlessly replaces the late Gary Moore and Anne Harris adds atmospheric fiddle, ditto Chuck Campbell's 'sacred' pedal steel. I'd probably pick "The Romans Had Their Way" as my favourite track - but God knows what it is about! Otis Taylor is a truly individual and unique artist, a real one off... and long may he continue.
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I bought this having heard Respect The Dead which I loved, and this album hasn't disappointed.Some great songs from a great blues musician. My favourite is Look to the Side
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This guy with his Trance blues is an interesting slant on blues and refreshing to hear with great backing vocals and bass playing from his daughter Carrie
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Brilliant CD. Every track is excellent. Fabulous musicians, great engineering. You won't be disappointed
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