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Powerful Stuff & Walk That Walk, Talk That Talk Double CD
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The first T-BIRD albums to be made following the departure of founder member JIMMIE VAUGHN,and he is replaced by the twin attack of DUKE ROBILLARD(formerly of ROOM FULL OF BLUES)and KID BANGHAM.Powerful Stuff was originally released in 1989,and Walk That Walk,Talk That Talk was released in 1981.This 2 disc set has been re-mastered and packaged in digi-pack format this collection has been out of print for some time.
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While this may not be the very best album Wilson and co have produced, it's well worth parting with a little of your hard earned cash for a copy
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"Twist of the Knife" is a blues-rockin' sensation that never fails to make my blood boil. "Paralyzed" is a basic straightforward rock-n-roll tune, but very catchy. "Feelin' Good" borrows from a couple of influences, but the John Lee Hooker in it reaches out and grabs you by the unmentionables! If you can resist the urge to dance when this song is playing, then there's just something MAJOR wrong with you!
Not every song on the album is equally strong, but every time I hear this album, I like it even more. Even "Work Together" which initially seemed trite to me has grown on me and become a very fun song to listen to...kind of an audience participation groove.
If you like the true T-birds, with their blues roots exposed for all to hear, then this album is for you. If you only liked their MTV hit videos, then you probably don't have enough soul to appreciate this one and you should head back to top-40 land.
The two new members added much needed new energy to the band. The cliche among T-Birds fans is that it took two guitarists to replace the "great" Vaughan, but I don't buy it. Unlike most fans, I think Vaughan was way overrated. Also, it should be noted that a fair amount of the T-Birds sound on the previous three albums was created by session keyboardists and multitracking Vaughan's parts, rather than any special virtuosity on his part.
With two guitarists in the group, the sound is lot more varied. Robillard not only brings in great playing, but a cool funky song, "Born to Love You", and a good voice, trading vocals with Wilson on a cover of the soul classic "Ain't That a Lot of Love?". All but one of the rest of the songs were written or co-written by Wilson. While he didn't really expand his lyrical repetoire (he's either ecstatic over or been done wrong by a woman, as usual), musically he's covering even more ground. "Twist of the Knife", the only song which got any airplay, is a great driving rocker; "Can't Stop Rocking" is an amusing, loping track; great crooning on the ballads "When I Get Home" and "Need Somebody to Love". "Work Together" is another highlight, wherfe Wilson's exhortation to make the world a better place is backed by a great groove from the band and superb backing vocals from a black gospel band.
This lineup was also excellent live, but the guitarists left after the tour, and the group hasn't been stable since. This album deserved a lot more attention than it got,and should be re-released. "Tuff Enuff" is the first essential purchase, since it's got the T-Birds big hits, but this one is, overall, much stronger, and should also be on the list for blues-rock fans -- if you can find a copy.