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Back to the Motor City

by Detroit Rhythm & Blues Band

This album reflects the different styles of music which Roland Wilson absorbed in his youth in the Motor City. The band was previously simply using the name Detroit. The album Detroit: IV is also available on CD Baby:
Genre: Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Baby Loves Me
3:24 $0.99
2. I Had a Dream
6:31 $0.99
3. Your Funeral, My Trial
5:02 $0.99
4. Lose the Attitude
3:47 $0.99
5. Blues With a Feelin´
4:19 $0.99
6. Searchin´ for a Dream
5:13 $0.99
7. Twee Diddle Diddle
3:06 $0.99
8. You Left Me Sitting
5:20 $0.99
9. Ain´t No Sunshine
4:34 $0.99
10. Give Me Your Heart, Give Me Your Soul
4:35 $0.99
11. A Piece of Your Love
4:57 $0.99
12. War On Apathy
4:37 $0.99
13. Get Ready, Rock Steady
3:00 $0.99
14. Coming of Age
4:27 $0.99
15. Sweet Jane
5:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
The album consists of a mixture of different rhythm & blues styles, and beyond that. As Roland Wilson, singer, guitar player and main writer in the band says, "Although I left Detroit many, many long years ago, my musical ambitions always seem to return to my roots and to the different styles of music which I absorbed in the Motor City".

Detroit Rhythm & Blues Band is now:
Roland Wilson: vocals, guitar
Judo Jalava: Hammond, piano, backing vocals
Teijo Saarinen: bass, backing vocals
Christer Karjalainen: drums, percussion.
with help from a group of fine musicians, some of them having been in the band earlier:
Heikki Hämäläinen: harmonica; Tapani Jalonen: Rhodes; Antti Karineva: dobro; Elmo Karjalainen: guitar; Timo Mansikka-Aho: trumpet, trombone; Sasa Opacic: guitar; Pekka Välimäki: tenor saxophone

Mr. Riku Metelinen of the magazine Blues News reviewed the album in the issue 265 (1/2014), and considered it on of the best rhythm&blues albums released in Finland in 2013.
Here are some short quotes (in translation from Finnish):
"the band has found a working formula (...). With the help of musician friends, the album is suitably invigorated. Roland Wilson sings all the songs on the album, but hopefully Judo Jalava also gets to sing on future releases.
The swaying melody of the opening track gets the listener right away and Timo Mansikka-Aho" (the horn player) " supports the band in a fine fashion. The second track with its sturdy melody and its rampant Hammond increases the revolutions in the machine. I have to say that these are perhaps the two tightest opening tracks in a long time. Of the two cover songs Your Funeral, My Trial works fine, but the real ice melter is Ain´t No Sunshine, where the band has a great feeling. Even though Freddie King´s version has always been close to my heart, this one is almost as good. A special spice to the songs is brought by Antti Karineva and his dobro. The guitar solo is played by Elmo Karjalainen, who seamlessly switches from Eric Clapton´s style to Jeff Beck in the middle of the solo, but without any unnecessary (guitar tricks)".
The review goes on in the same fashion. Here´s a little more:
"There are many favourite tracks on the album (...). Give Me Your Heart, Give Me Your Soul, played on slide guitar by Sasa Opacic, also stand out favourably".
"In short, Detroit is a fine melting pot of styles, with an album containing blues, rock, soul and a little bit of psychedelia. The band makes functioning songs with melodic power".
" just is a fact that this is one of the best (Finnish) blues releases of 2013"

Previous recordings by the band, under the name Detroit:
Vinyl single Help The Child / You Left Me Sitting (Detroit 1990)
First CD: Detroit (KC-001, 1995)
Double CD: Detroit Heritage 1989-2009 (KC-005-6, 2008)
CD: Detroit: IV (KC-007, 2011) Available from CD Baby
The band has had several line ups during the years, including saxophone, trumpet and trombone players. The musicians have come from different countries: the US, Scotland, Morocco, and Finland



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Riku Rassi

Homemade rhythm & blues
Back To The Motor City, is the latest album of the Finnish rhythm & blues band Detroit. Compared to the previous disc, the music has not radically changed. As the band has found a working formula, there is no reason to deviate from it too much. The only exception to the rule is a more abundant number of visitors. They have brought along some friends and relatives to finish the album.

The swinging melody of the opening track will take the listener to a music trip through the ages. The next track has a solid melody powered by the Hammond organ. I must say that this is perhaps the strongest opening duo for a long time. Disc contains two to cover tracks, the first of them "Your Funeral, My Trial" is okay, but the actual icebreaker is "Ain’t No Sunshine" in which the band shows some real feeling. If Freddie King's version is close to your heart, then you probably love this one too. In particular, Antti Karineva adds some spice to the song with his dobro. The actual guitar solo is played by Elmo Karjalainen, who starts in Eric Clapton’s style and then smoothly switches to Jeff Beck, but without the unnecessary tricks or gimmicks. Roland Wilson does all lead vocals, but hopefully on future releases we will hear Judo Jalava’s voice too.

Some of the tracks on this album are very familiar sounding melodies, but you simply can’t say no to good music, even if it reminds you of one of the previously released then how much anywhere. I have several favorite tracks, such as the previously mentioned "Ain’t No Sunshine" and "I Had A Dream". Also, Sasa Opasic’s slide guitar powered "Give Me Your Heart Give Me Your Soul" stands out. There are also some new versions of their previously released tracks.

In short, Detroit is a great melting pot of various styles, and the album contains blues spiced with some rock, piece of soul and a hint of psychedelia. The band makes enjoyable music which has a lot of melodic power. The album sounds great and the atmosphere is altogether cosy. These kinds of discs can only be produced in a home studio with a laid back atmosphere without schedules or record labels run by grumpy old men. This is one of the best domestic blues publications of 2013.