Rate: 320 kbps CBR / 44100
Size: 124,87 MB
The Love Dogs have spent the last ten years blowing audiences away with their high energy live shows. In doing so they've built a fanatically loyal following across the U.S. and in Europe. For years the Love Dogs' friends and fans have been asking the band to record a live cd, and "Live And On Fire" is the answer to those requests. Far from a live retread of previously recorded tunes, "Live And On Fire" features ten brand new tracks captured live on a summer weekend at the famous Sea Note nightclub on the outskirts of Boston.
The disc kicks off with the Deadric Malone composition "You Did Me Wrong", an outstanding , if lesser known track originally recorded by Bobby Bland as part of his legendary Duke sessions. This horn and guitar driven shuffle sets the mood, and gets the audience in the groove.
The next two cuts, "Never Mine" and "Baby's Got A Secret" feature two sides of the New Orleans R&B sound that the Dogs have always loved. The former is a soulful stroll evoking memories of Smiley Lewis, and featuring a vocal by Eddie "Duato" Scheer that starts out sly and sarcastic, but builds to an impassioned frenzy on the out chorus. The latter is a funky second line street beat arranged in a brass band style that leaves room for everyone to blow.
"First Floor Girl" is a jump tune with a big band arrangement propelled by drummer Steve Brown and some great horn section work. It starts with an a capella vocal, and is capped off by a tasty tenor /bari sax trade between Myanna and Glenn Shambroom. "Keep On Lyin" is pure big city blues, with a scorching guitar solo by Shambroom, and a gospel tinged vocal break by Scheer reminiscent of the blues shouters of the 50's.
This rare introspective moment gives way to the joyous zydeco rhythm of "Knocked Out". Trombonist Mark Paquin steps out front on this punch drunk tune about love and fighting, and pianist Alizon Lissance jumps in with a quick but dazzling accordion solo. The song peaks with a dixieland horn breakdown ripping into a powerful unison section that takes the tune home.
The audience gets a chance to catch its breath on Alizon's poignant ballad "Only Time Will Tell" where her plaintive vocal is set against haunting piano and tenor. "Why Did You Lie?" is the one holdover from an earlier Love Dogs cd, but it's given a completely different treatment here with Randy Bramwell's funky bass providing new urgency, and Myanna's solo sax blowing the roof off the joint.
The band is joined by old friend "Sax" Gordon Beadle on tenor sax, and the wildness reaches its peak on "Hey Hey - Walla Walla" an uptempo swinger honoring the Dogs' favorite little town out west. Brown is again firmly in the driver's seat as the four horns engage in a vicious battle, followed by an extended scat solo by Scheer that has to be heard to be believed.
The audience begs for more, and the Dogs are happy to oblige with a rockin' version of the Bobby Lewis classic "Tossin' and Turnin'". Scheer does the vocal proud, and Myanna and Gordon are as one on the soli section. In the end the audience is left rapt, ecstatic, and wrung out!
01 - You Did Me Wrong 04:35
02 - Never Mine 05:38
03 - Baby's Got A Secret 05:29
04 - First Floor Girl 04:39
05 - Keep On Lyin' 06:18
06 - Knocked Out 05:38
07 - Only Time Will Tell 05:17
08 - Why Did You Lie? 06:37
09 - Hey Hey - Walla Walla 07:09
10 - Tossin' And Turnin' 03:18
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