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Freeman, George / George The Bomb!
Album:George The Bomb! Collection:Blues
Artist:Freeman, George Added:04/2019
Label:Southport Records 

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Add Date:2019-04-30 Pull Date:2019-07-02 Charts:Blues
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Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2019-04-24 
Reviewed: 2018-04-24
Genre: Blues
FCCs: none
Review: The release of tis disc, which coincides with his 92nd birthday, is a unique blend of blues and other related genres delivered in a laid back and almost ethereal ambience. Freeman’s sparse chords are earthy and resonant as they form hypnotic vamps filled with vibrant spontaneity. Blues harpist Billy Branch provides dense, gritty refrains as punctuation for both the guitar solo as well as the vocal chorus. The band channels a jam session atmosphere. The rhythm section creates a simmering cadence that buoys the entire disc.
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Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
1/ George The Bomb! (5:47) – guitar/harmonica start with big blast> chorus chants> snaky guitar / harmonica duet alternates with chorus chants> crescendo end
*2/ Gorgeous George (7:20) – guitar starts> slow bluesy instrumental with snaky guitar sliding in between the other instruments> crescendo end
3/Where’s The Cornbread? (7:22) - guitar starts> spoken word injected> slow blues with harmonica out front> spoken word conversation about dinner> instrumental resumes> harmonica solo trades with guitar riffs> more spoken word conversation> guitar& harmonica continue their own converstion> quick stop
*4/ Tonto (5:57) -guitar starts> loud crescendo on piano> midtempo blues stroll> spoken shouts injected> piano solo> fade
**5/ Help Me (7:29) – harmonica starts> midtempo blues strut> midtempo song> harmonica solo> midtempo song> guitar solo> midtempo song > harmonica solo> midtempo song> instrumental break> crescendo end & a shout
6/ Uncle Funky (5:20) – drums start> slow funk grind> guitar solo> slow funk jam> slow fade & a shout ends
*7/ The Music Goes ‘Round And Around (3:42) - guitar starts> midtempo loose jam> midtempo song> crescendo & scat to end
*8/ Cha Cha Blue (3:43) – guitar starts> midtempo loose blues jam> smooth guitar solo> harmonica solo> midtempo jam> fade
9/ Home Grown Tomatoes (4:20) – bass/guitar starts> slow blues song with the same phrase sung over and over> freeman is joined by a female vocalist> guitar solo> accordion solo> crescendo & a chuckle
10/ Intimate (5:05) – guitar starts> midtempo striding blues jam> guitar/accordion duet> midtempo jam> crescendo end
11/ Al Carter-Bey (3:14) – guitar starts> uptempo song with Freeman & female vocal repeating name over & over> tasty guitar solo> song with repetitive song> crescendo end

Track Listing
1.George The Bomb! 6.Uncle Funky
2.Gorgeous George 7.The Music Goes ' Round And Around
3.Where's The Cornbread? 8.Cha Cha Blue
4.Tonto 9.Home Grown Tomatoes
5.Help Me 10.Intimate
 11.Al Carter-Bey