John Harrelson | Feral Angel

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Feral Angel

by John Harrelson

Blues-based rock. Survey of Harrelson's tunes recorded between 1977 and '97. If you like the Rolling Stones, pre-Eliminator Z.Z.Top, SRV, w/ dash of R&B, you'll enjoy this set of great songs.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wonderful World
4:36 $0.99
2. I Want Your Ass
3:11 $0.99
3. Delta Song
5:03 $0.99
4. Live and Love like Mick and Keith
3:37 $0.99
5. Cry to Me
6:04 $0.99
6. Love me or Lose Me
3:55 $0.99
7. Walking Blues
4:06 $0.99
8. Suicide
5:45 $0.99
9. E/R Jump
2:51 $0.99
10. Fire and Gasoline
6:10 $0.99
11. All Night Radio
4:32 $0.99
12. Lucky
3:04 $0.99
13. Iko Iko
4:20 $0.99
14. Lost on Lost Highway
4:54 $0.99
15. Crossroads
3:46 $0.99
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Album Notes
Who's John Harrelson? He's been writing, rolling and gigging since 1965 and recording almost as long. His 1977 LP "The Player" and 1983's "Now is the Time" are collector's items. Three CDs with the Blues band Blue H'wy are still highly regarded. He's a contributor to Blues and Rock histories -- and a student of life. If you live in the
Southwest, he's in your neighborhood.

This set of songs covers 20 years of Harrelson's (for lack of a better term) career, ranging from 1997's "Delta Song," with killer bottleneck and harp, back to 1977's "Crossroads."

You'll find Blues, R&B, and a little bit of Funk. "E/R Jump" is a display of Telecaster pyrotechnics. "Live and Love Like Mick and Keith (and Die Like Brian Jones)" is an irreverent paean to the Stones. "Suicide" isn't painless. "Iko Iko" nods to New Orleans. There's even a tip-o'-the-hat to Prince in "All Night Radio."

If you're a traditionalist, this CD will make you nervous. Rather than reinvent PeeWee Crayton or Roy Milton, Harrelson is reinventing himself. If you live "in the now" and need some interesting lyrics and innovative guitar playing to boost your thrill, come on over.



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Tonto Goldstein (aka Bubba)

Honest Rockin' music with skill of the killin' kind
Well, this CD is a compilation, so to some degree this is only a taste of what this man can serve. But what a dose he serves. This CD contains fifteen songs from the last twenty years of Dr. Harrelson's recording tenure. Mostly original material, but there are some tunes that aren't his, and this is one of the highways worth traveling down with Dr. John. His taste in music is as vast as the ocean and his interpretations are as genuine as Sunday service. However, Dr. John isn't just an interpreter of stuff you won't know, nor is he going to cover a tune just cause you want him to. He plays music that he believes in and writes songs that are a direct reflection of himself. Danger forsaken, he has chosen to kick this compilation off with a song so wonderful, so real and so beautiful that it is synonymous with one man--Sam Cooke. John kills it; he delivers it with respect to Cooke, Adler and Alpert while making it his own. Just one track in and you know you're in for a ride through the countryside of emotion with a qualified tour guide. With gusto, zeal and brutal honesty, Dr. John Harrelson bestows upon you the essence of what the later half of the 20th century American culture is truly about: love, loss, honesty, deceit, exploration, introspection and individualism. With the tour coming to an end and the bus pulling into the station, John tells you how difficult it can be doing what he does with the sublime tune, Lost on Lost Highway--he won't leave you stranded on lost highway however. But if that were the end of the album then one may be able to say to himself that John is too weathered and abused to continue--but that is just not the case. John delivers one more song, just like he always does. A testament to his unyielding belief in what he does and what music means to him. It is this belief that makes this, and every album by John Harrelson so honest. Feral Angel doesn't want to be a guide to tell the right way and the wrong way, but it is a guide that will show some consequences of some actions. For better or for worse, it is passion and a belief in the music that makes this album so strong. A compilation, you're damn right it is, and it is worthy of being owned even if you already have the tunes on something else.