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King Leo | Revival

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by King Leo

Revival is a dozen original songs from veteran Blues musician King Leo. The songs cover a variety of Blues-influenced styles, from harmonica-driven urban Blues and swinging jump sounds, to funky brass-powered tunes and New Orleans-style grooves.
Genre: Blues: Urban Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Leave Me Behind
2:53 $0.99
2. It'll Be All Right
4:54 $0.99
3. You Were Taught
3:12 $0.99
4. Heaven's Right Here
3:49 $0.99
5. Back It Off
3:34 $0.99
6. Prisoner
5:01 $0.99
7. Got to Have It
3:39 $0.99
8. Wonderful
3:44 $0.99
9. Break the Habit
3:11 $0.99
10. Hot Coals
5:11 $0.99
11. Lunch Date
2:28 $0.99
12. Peanut Slab
5:02 $0.99
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Album Notes

“I find it interesting when I hear an artist and they remind me of someone else. But, what’s most impressive is when I hear that “someone else”  in their style but there’s something about their interpretation that elevates the material to the point where they aren’t imitating or emulating a sound or artist at all – they are actually improving upon it in their own creative, original and ingenious way.”
- John Apice, No Depression

“King Leo’s Revival is a lovely album, which I’d recommend to anyone with a taste for blues of almost any kind. And it’s on vinyl as well as CD, and the vinyl sounds – feels and looks – particularly good.”
- Nick Bollinger, Radio NZ National

“King Leo’s latest outing does what it says on the inside cover, ‘may this music revive and rejuvenate’…Firing on all cylinders they sound like true survivors of the Chess Records’ era, stripped back they sound like the perfect Muscle Shoals’ session band.”
- NZ Musician magazine

“Wonderful” nearly sums up how I feel about King Leo and this record overall through the lyrics.  Taking us through a serious groove & righteous jam in the music while explaining that although we’re different – those differences and intricacies that separate us can also be truly “Wonderful” things to celebrate and bond us together. 
- Sleeping Bag Studios

“The way they resemble a 50's RnB sound is great. An album that stands out!”
- Jefferson Blues Magazine

May this music revive and rejuvenate


Leo LaDell: Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Organ, 6-string bass
Vernon Sawers: Bass
Jim Strang: Drums
Stevie Rice: Tenor and Baritone Saxes
Ralph Miller: Trumpet

Liv McBride: Vocals on Got to Have It
John Egenes, Terry Ebeling, Leo LaDell: Backup vocals on Back It Off, Heaven’s Right Here, and You Were Taught
John Egenes: Pedal steel on Back It Off

Recorded by Danny Buchanan at Albany St. Studios
Mixing and further engineering by John Egenes at Red Planet Studio and Albany St. Studios
Produced by John Egenes

Cover art by Manu Berry

All songs © 2014 Leo LaDell

Track Listing

Leave Me Behind (2:53)
It’ll Be All Right (4:54)
You Were Taught (3:12)
Heaven’s Right Here (3:49)
Back It Off (3:34)
Prisoner (5:01)
Got To Have It (3:39)
Wonderful (3:44)
Break the Habit (3:11)
Hot Coals (5:11)
Lunch Date (2:28)
Peanut Slab (5:02)

King Leo would like to thank:

Revival's Kickstarter backers, who made this project possible.
The Dunedin City Jazz Orchestra for the loan of the baritone saxophone
Phil Rogers for listening and sound reinforcement for the band
Heather and Oscar LaDell for their love and support

Produced in association with the New Zealand Music Industry Centre



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