on 23 July 2009
Eric Bibb is one of the great treasures in music today.He owns a superb voice,his acoustic playing is an absolute joy to listen to.His band perfectly fill out his sound on this live double disc set.His mix of self penned songs,gospel,blues creates a set that is pure listening pleasure.He's certainly one of the most popular artists in acoustic based blues these days and this release shows exactly why.disc 1 contains 14 tracks of material from up to his most recent albums,with his three piece band of Larry Crockett (drums),Trevor Hutchinson (upright bass) and Staffen Astner (electric and acoustic guitar).As Eric says on the sleeve notes 'listening to live a Fip makes me feel good',well Eric it makes us feel pretty good as well.Disc 2 see's him using just two added musicians,at around half an hour and six tracks we then get a bonus video to put into the computer and have the delight if him singing with Ritchie Havens plus other goodies.This release overall is going to be a classic Bibb album that will bring pleasure for years to come.If heavy rock blues is your thing then this isn't for you,but if you enjoy acoustic based music beautifully played and sung then you will enjoy every second of a very fine release indeed.One surely that will figure in 2009's top CD releases of the year.
on 19 December 2013
Eric is a competent bluesman, this double cd was recorded in France in 2009 as part of his tour. There is a slight political element to this cd with the election of Obama, but then wasn't this what the blues were all about? The first cd starts with 'Kokomo' an classic acoustic blues number. Other tracks on this cd include the more upbeat 'Pockets' a well produced piece with good lyrics. The atmosphere contributes to this cd, you can almost smell the smoke and booze, or was that my imagination? The track 'Hold on' demonstrates the bands expertise and the vocal talent of this man. There is a little detour into the spiritual side of the blues with 'In my father's house' and 'I shall not be moved' before we go to the second cd, this cd is a little disappointing not because of the quality but it features 27 minutes of music and also has a video program which I haven't been able to access yet. It features Eric's arrangement of a couple of blues classic tracks including 'Stagalee' and Goin' Down Slow'. This cd is not re-recorded or messed about in the studios before release which is a plus. A good buy.
on 16 May 2010
Another engaging and authentic offering from Bibb! The energy and passion with which he plays and sings, his ability to draw the audience into his songs - (Needed Time continues to be an anthem which Bibb prays as much as he sings). Some usual suspects are on this CD, "My Father's House",(raw and gutsy) "Don't ever let nobody drag your spirit down", "Shingle by Shingle" and "For you" make an appearance as do some I am not as familiar with, "Kokomo", "Connected" and an instrumental version of "I shall not be moved." All in all, a CD I will enjoy listening to and sharing with anyone who cares to pause for long enough to participate in the artistry of Bibb.