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2Raw (Live)

by Mark Doyle and the Maniacs

The fiery sequel to its companion album, "Raw," 2Raw features even more of the incendiary guitar work of Mark Doyle and Terry Quill, recorded live at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que before a wild crowd of blues rock freaks.
Genre: Rock: British Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Around and Around (Live)
2:26 $0.99
2. Ain't No Rest for the Wicked (Live)
4:38 $0.99
3. Sandy Mary (Live)
5:47 $0.99
4. Driving Sideways (Live)
4:35 $0.99
5. Sister Surround (Live)
4:46 $0.99
6. Drifting (Live)
4:27 $0.99
7. Coming Your Way (Live)
9:33 $0.99
8. Beck's Bolero (Live)
3:26 $0.99
9. Rice Pudding (Live)
5:51 $0.99
10. Omaha (Live)
2:48 $0.99
11. Band Intros (Live)
0:46 album only
12. Blues for Ronnie (Live)
6:36 $0.99
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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, “Pushin’”, broadened 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.”

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.

January 2017 saw the release of a new live album "Raw" from the current line-up of the band, recorded on a hot, steamy night at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Two highlights of the 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.

And now, the sequel from that same night, "2Raw," arrives to blow the roof off once again. In another mash-up in true Maniacs style, the band romps through a long medley of "Beck's Bolero," "Rice Pudding" and Moby Grape's "Omaha". Other highlights are Peter Green's "Drifting" and a killer version of The Soundtrack of Your Life's "Sister Surround."

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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Todd and Kitty Hawk Shuffler

Rawer Than You'll Ever Be
Rawer Still
Looking for a dose of bluesy, high energy Rock ‘n’ Roll?  Pick up a copy of “2Raw”. This follow-up to last year’s “Raw” is a second helping, 12 songs from Mark Doyle and the Maniacs’ live show, recorded at the Dinosaur BBQ in their home town of Syracuse, NY.
Besides the classics the band is so good at, like Chuck Berry’s “Around and Around” and original songs, such as Mark’s tribute to a favorite guitarist, “Blues For Ronnie”, this CD has some nice surprises.
“Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked”. “The first time I’d heard it was Joel singing what I shockingly thought was a rap song….. except…… I seriously liked it! I fell for the chorus immediately”! Just can’t get it out of my head --K Hawk
Other standouts are Moby Grapes “Omaha” and “Beck’s Bolero/Rice Pudding”. Close your eyes and you could seriously think you’re at the Fillmore in 1968, minus the scent of weed and incense.
If this CD is your introduction to the band, listen up. While Doyle channels the easily recognizable styles of guitarists from Keith Richard to Peter Green to Jeff Beck, he always keeps the playing distinctly his own. Terry Quill shares guitar duty (also harmonica and vocals). In Fleetwood Mac’s “Sandy Mary”, his wah-wah pushes the song over the top. When two such talented guitarists connect like this, they push each other ever higher. The tight rhythm section of Frank DeFonda’s versatile drumming (including a short and sweet solo) and Joel Kane’s steady bass provide solid footing for the guitars. And you can’t beat having three lead vocalists.
If you can see one of MDATM's all too rare gigs, do so ASAP. If you're not in the area, pick up their music. This is a killer CD from a seriously dangerous band. And they just keep getting better.

Bill Baldwin

The Rest of The Great Show from previous release, RAW.
If you got RAW, and you most certainly should have, you need to own this one, too. RAW contained the first set of and this is the 2nd set from one of Mark and the band's amazing shows from The Dinosaur BBQ. Having seen most of The Maniacs performances at The Dino, I was relieved to see the note in RAW "look for the second volume - 2RAW, in 2017" because I knew just the one set wouldn't be enough for me. 2RAW opens with Mark singing Chuck Berry's "Around and Around". I do wish he would sing a couple more songs each night. He and Terry Quill start a fire with their guitar pyrotechnics on this classic early rock & roll masterpiece. Of course, as always, the rhythm section is essential here, too. Included in this set are the expected blues songs, including Mark's own tribute to Ronnie Earle. Also, some cool surprises from the sixties with well done versions of Jeff Beck's Rice Pudding and Beck's Bolero, and Moby Grape's Omaha. The biggest surprises are fantastic interpretations of two interesting modern rock groups from this century. "Ain't No Rest For The Wicked"is a kick-ass cover of a Cage The Elephant song. I saw CTE a few months ago in Albany and was quite impressed with their performance. This song was one of the highlights; Mark & The Maniacs definitely do the song justice. The second new cover was a shock when I heard MD&TM play it because I was positive it was an obscure psychedelic song from the late sixties. I was so wrong; it is "Sister Surround" by The Soundtrack of Our Lives from 2001. The smile on my face from this one didn't go away for a few days. I asked Mark what it was. When he told me, I realized I had gotten the album back when it came out and loved it, especially that song. That forgetfulness is something I have gotten somewhat used to in my advanced years, but, what the hey, I don't mind being tricked into thinking it is new to me as long as I'm digging it as much as did in this case.
In conclusion, be sure to own both of these Mark Doyle & The Maniacs live cds and if you are in the CNY area get your butts out to actually see them play in a local club. You will have a great night.

John J D'Angelo

Raw second set.
Raw 1 was just a tease for the second set live at the Dino. Some old favorites return with some great new arrangements. Blue s for Ronnie makes it live debut. Great guitar from Mark and Terry who compliment each other very well.. Amazing melody of Becks Bolero Rice Pudding and Omaha. But the surprise and highlight of this is the new tunes Ain't No Rest for the Wicked and Sister Surround. Much like Lonely Boys from Raw 1 these tracks should be on playlists all over the radio and Sirius. Just listen to the great vocals on Sister Surround.. Mark and Terry's guitar playing truly exceptional on this; along with Frank and Joel.. So glad this was recorded .