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Raw

by Mark Doyle and the Maniacs

The Maniacs captured live in a hot sweaty club doing what they do best- raw, bluesy rock with guitars to the fore!
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. I'm Not Talkin' (Live)
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2. You Can't Catch Me (Live)
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3. One Sunny Day (Live)
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4. New Set of Blues (Live)
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5. Red House (Live)
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6. Lonely Boy (Live)
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7. Live Snakes Prelude (History of Rock 'n Roll) [Live]
24:09 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Formed in 2009, Mark Doyle & The Maniacs is the brainchild of guitarist/producer Mark Doyle. Signed to RCA in the early ‘70s with his first band, Jukin’ Bone (who played their own brand of fiery, Anglophilic blues rock), Mark has gone on to record and tour with artists as varied as Meat Loaf, Bryan Adams, Judy Collins, Leo Sayer, Kim Simmonds and Hall & Oates. A visit to the Discography page at Mark's website details the 65 albums that Mark has been involved in.

In describing the impetus for making their first record, “Shake ‘Em On Down”, Mark explains: “Old heroes die hard, and these were mine back when I was a teenager and first started playing the electric guitar. I’m sure Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Kim Simmonds had their own heroes – “authentic” blues men like B. B., Albert, and Freddie King, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin and Buddy Guy, but I did not yet know of them, and only discovered them translated and morphed through the brilliant playing of those four English kids.”

The second disc, “Comin’ Home”, featured nine original songs written by Mark and various other combinations of the Maniacs. “We were intent on making the music of the British Blues Boom era a living thing, rather than a museum piece,” Doyle said in 2010. “The new songs we’ve written manage to evoke the spirit of the era while remaining contemporary. And we still went for capturing lightning in a bottle by recording the album as live as possible. The difference is that we’re now an actual working band that played the songs in front of audiences over the year between the two albums.” Both albums won the SAMMY Award for Best Blues CD in 2010 and 2011, respectively, as well as rave reviews in magazines like Vintage Guitar in the States and Blues Matters in England.

Released in 2013, the new album, “Pushin’”, broadens the blues-rock focus even more with six brand new originals by Doyle, a stunning retake of “Nightcrawler” from Jukin’ Bone (Mark’s first band), a turbo-charged version of Freddie King’s “Palace of the King” and a final tip of the hat to British Blues icon John Mayall with “Witchdoctor.”

All three of the afore-mentioned discs received Syracuse Area Music Awards (SAMMY's) for Best Blues CD after their releases.

July 2013 saw the release of Mark Doyle and The Maniacs – “Live and Burnin’”, the first official live CD from the band, recorded multi-track on June 22, 2013 in New Hartford.

And now, in January 2017, a new live album from the current line-up of the band, recorded on a hot, steamy night at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Two very good reasons to buy the new CD are the incendiary version of Jimi Hendrix's classic "Red House," and the almost 25-minute "Live Snakes Prelude - History of Rock and Roll," a truly spellbinding and jaw-dropping journey through the classic music of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Buffalo Springfield, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin, to name a few.

With a stellar line-up that, along with Mark Doyle on guitar and vocals, now includes original member Terry Quill on second guitar, harp and vocals, Frank DeFonda on drums and Joel Kane on bass and vocals, this outfit is downright armed and should be considered dangerous. Experience Mark Doyle and The Maniacs, Premium Blues Rock!

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Bill Baldwin

Capturing The True Essence of Mark Doyle & The Maniacs
If you are saving up for the new blues cd by The Rolling Stones, get this instead. Same background and influences, but this one rocks much more. This is the best sounding live cd of the 3 Mark has released. The mix is perfect; every instrument is crystal clear and the vocals are right out front. Two of the songs on here go back to MD&TM's first studio album in 2009, but they are done here with renewed vigor. Most long-time Mark Doyle fans (I go all the way back to 1967) always rave about his guitar work and they have loads of examples to keep raving with this set. Since Mark has been joined by the return of original Maniac Terry Quill on guitar, the two of them seem to be telepathically connected and they have never looked so happy together on stage. Speaking of telepathy, Frank DeFonda and Mark must have been twins in an earlier lifetime as they are locked in as one every single night in front of an audience. Frank's drumming blows my mind every time I see the band;he puts a mile wide smile on my face. He never overplays, but he sure as hell stokes the engine that drives this wild rocking train as it barrels down the tracks full steam ahead. Joel Kane's bass playing really serves the music perfectly, as well. That is an amazing rhythm section. His vocals have gotten a lot more assured, which allows Mark to stay focused on his guitar. Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me" is a highlight for me here, thanks to Mark's superb ability to add his own personality to his interpretation on guitar. Especially surprising (and rewarding) is the cover of The Black Keys "Lonely Boy". It is a stone killer. I won't give any clues to the make-up of Live Snakes Prelude (aka History of Rock & Roll), but it has become the highlight of the live shows, evolving over the past 2 years into a powerhouse mash up of essential touchstones of Rock & Roll. You will be totally caught up playing "Name That Tune" as you listen to it. If you are among friends at the time, all of you will likely be trying to scoop each other getting the titles throughout the entire 24 minutes. I do have one complaint: never mind, I read the credits and found Mark's comment "Look for the second volume 2 Raw in 2017", which isn't all that far away. Gift yourself, gift your friends. They will enthusiastically thank you.
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Todd and Kitty Hawk Shuffler

You NEED this CD!
Everyone seems to be putting out a blues collection these days. Mark Doyle beat them all to the punch in 2009 with "Mark Doyle and the Maniacs – a Tribute to the 60's British Blues Boom". The Manics 6th CD, "Raw" is their 3rd live release, and live is the way to hear them at their best. Recorded at The Dinosaur BBQ in October, 2016, "Raw" is a 7 song sampling of the band's current live set.
As a guitarist, Mark Doyle is right up there with the great British players that have influenced him. Trading licks with Terry Quill (guitar, harmonica and vocals) pushes both guitarists into higher realms. With the solid bass playing of Joel Kane (who handles the majority of lead vocals) and the driving intensity of longtime ally Frank DeFonda on drums, there's not much more you can ask for.
From The Yardbirds' "I'm Not Talking'" to the 24 minute trip thru the 60's and early 70's "Live Snakes Prelude (History of Rock 'n' Roll)" every song, originals and covers, feels like the days most of us were first discovering this kind of music. Some other highlights include Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me", "Lonely Boy", where the sounds Mark pulls from his Dan Dishaw "Custom" guitar are nothing short of unearthly. (Look out when he gets his hands on the upcoming Dishaw "MD Signature" model!), and a killer rendition of "Red House" that rivals Jimi's original.
Check out this CD and see Mark Doyle and the Maniacs live if you get the chance and be sure to bring your dancin' shoes. Look for "2Raw" coming in 2017. Keep rockin'!
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Kitty and Todd Shuffler

"Raw", baby!
Everyone seems to be putting ou a blues CD these days. Mark Doyle beat them all to the punch in 2009 th, "Mark Doyle and the Maniacs - A Tribute to the 60's British Blues Boom". MDATM's 6th CD "Raw" is their 3rd live release, and LIVE is the way to hear them at their best. Recorded at The Dinosaur BBQ in October 2016, "Raw" is a 7 song sampling of their current live set.
As a guitarist, Mark Doyle is right up there with the great British players that have influenced him. Trading licks with Terry Quill (guitar, harmonica, vocals), pushes both guitarists into higher realms. With the solid bass of Joel Kane (who handles the majority of lead vocals) and the driving intensity of longtime ally Frank DeFonda on drums, there's not much more you can ask for here.
From the Yardbirds' "I'm Not Talkin'" to the 24 minute trip thru the 60's and early 70's "Live Snakes Prelude (History of Rock 'n' Roll)", every song, original and covers, feels like the days most of us were first discovering this kind of music. Some other highlights include Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me", "Lonely Boy" where the sounds Mark pulls from his Dan Dishaw "Custom" guitar are nothing short of unearthly (Look out when he gets his hands on the upcoming Dan Dishaw "MD Signature" model!), and a killer rendition of "Red House" that rivals Jimi's original.
Check out this CD and see Mark Doyle and the Maniacs live if you get the chance. Be sure to bring your dancin' shoes! Look for "2Raw" coming in 2017, and KEEP ROCKIN"!
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John J D'Angelo

Raw and live!
Man, this is such a great performance and recording. Just love the sound
you're getting on the Dishaw guitar. Nice to hear the band playing some Fleetwood Mac again. Thanks
for You Can't Catch Me loved it since I first heard it at Hoopes Park. Catch the Come Together reference. Love the Black Keys Lonely Boy. Can't believe your solo on Red House I think you outdo
Jimi. The prelude for Live Snakes has taken a life on it's own and to hear this history from Stones to Led Zep ( and everything in between is just brilliant.
The band has never sounded better.
Kudos to Dan Shaw, Jocko and you for a great recording, mix and mastering.
Crystal clear and really captures on how the band sounds live.
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