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Manzarek, Ray & Roy Rogers / Translucent Blues
Album:Translucent Blues Collection:General
Artist:Manzarek, Ray & Roy Rogers Added:05/2011
Label:Blind Pig Records 

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Add Date:2011-06-12 Pull Date:2011-08-14 
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Album Review
Be Sharp
Reviewed 2011-06-05 
Ray Manzarek (keyboardist in The Doors) and Roy Rogers (notable session slide guitarist) have teamed up for some old-school blues-rock (except the last two jazzy instrumentals). This record could have come out in the 70s or just about any decade for that matter. As you’d expect, there’s a lot of organ and a lot of slide guitar. Ray and Roy split the songwriting duties about equally, and each sings lead on his own songs.

Songs # 5 and #8 are FCC no nos.

1. Funky organ, Stax-ish guitar. Lyrics sorta goofy. Sounds a bit like a novelty song. (4:28)
2. More of a rocker. On the seedy side of LA. Sounds like a decent warm-up band. (7:09)
3. Up-tempo burner. Elec piano rather than organ. Hot slide guitar work. (4:01)
4. Same description as #3 (except add a psychedelic Door-ish piano in the middle) (4:03)
5. FCC warning: “shit” and it means the stuff you flush. It’s a shame—good song. (4:49)
6. * Gets a star for variety. Both singers for a change. Mid-tempo. Good slide guitar. (6:18)
7. * Good blues rock on piano & guitar. Of the similar 2, 3, & 4, this seems the best. (4:51)
8. FCC warning: “fucking” as an adjective (4:45)
9. Bit of jazz feel on drums, piano, vox. Sorta Mose Allison. Shared writing credits. (4:56)
10. ** Traditional “baby did me wrong” blues. Vox by Roy. Real cool reverb sound on guitar. If in concert, this would be the big encore. (3:32)
11. ** Wow! Where did this come from? A lovely jazz instrumental on a blues-rock record. Real nice, slightly Latin sax solo. Also very nice work on both piano and guitar. (4:24)
12. * Up-tempo, bluesy/jazzy instrumental. Ballpark-style organ. Good extended sax solos. Good tune. Like the previous one, this would work on a jazz show. (5:42)


Track Listing
1.Hurricane 7.Blues In My Shoes
2.River Of Madness 8.New Dodge City Blues
3.Game Of Skill 9.Greenhouse Blues
4.Fives And Ones 10.Those Hits Just Keep On Comin'
5.Kick 11.As You Leave
6.Tension 12.An Organ A Guitaar And A Chicken Wing