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Pièce de Résistance

by The Ben Vaughn Quintet

International artist Ben Vaughn gets back to his roots on this 12 song collection recorded with his Philly / South Jersey-based Quintet.
Genre: Rock: Country-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Percy's Blues
3:12 $0.99
2. Murphy Bed
2:37 $0.99
3. Piece De Resistance
3:02 $0.99
4. Railroad Track
4:34 $0.99
5. Sleep Without Drugs
4:32 $0.99
6. Here Comes Trouble
2:27 $0.99
7. Walkin' My Way (Back to Your Heart)
3:43 $0.99
8. I'm Just Sayin'
2:44 $0.99
9. When Losers Rule the World
3:19 $0.99
10. Gimme Gimme Gimme
2:10 $0.99
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11. If You Live
4:41 $0.99
12. Tape a Nickel to the Tonearm
3:11 $0.99
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Album Notes
"A sound so pure and spontaneous it sounds instantly classic." - Village Voice

Ben and his Philly / South Jersey-based Quintet run the gamut of styles on Piece de Resistance. Rock, folk, blues, country, French chanson, Tex-Mex, and more!

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tomp

Covers all the bases
This is more of Ben Vaughn’s instantly contagious music. Filled with mostly original tunes delivered in a way that makes you feel as if you’ve known them forever, this collection covers all the bases – world weary ballads, hand clapping rave-ups, international humor, self-effacing sing-a-longs, a tribute to Mose Allison, and a couple of re-worked covers of Ben’s own classics.

Highlights, which are plentiful, include the opening shuffle of “Percy’s Blues” – in which a world weary searcher whistles off into the sunset. The French phrase book inspired title track, reminiscent of his earlier Spanish language mash-up “Enchilada”. The humorously title “Railroad Track” takes us for a joy ride before pulling into the station. “Here Comes Trouble” is a number driven by C.C. Sax on the saxophone that sounds as if from an older era than most of the disc. “Walkin’ My Way (Back To Your Heart)” is a delightful little ditty using the accordion work of Gus Cordovox where you might expect a string arrangement and a sing-a-long chorus. “I’m Just Sayin’” sounds like a Sir Douglas song in the best way – and offers the first comparison to a goat I think I’ve heard in pop song. “When Losers Rule The World” co-written twenty years ago with Rodney Crowell, and the Combo classic “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” are given re-works as a mournful ballad and a fife and drum martini lounge arrangement, respectively. Mose Allison is remembered with a cover of “If You Live”. The set closes with an electric rave-up “Put A Nickel On The Tone-Arm”, which I’m guessing (without benefit of liner notes) must be dedicated to the Geator.

This is the first full length long player by the Quintet. Ben plays mostly acoustic guitar while the rhythm section of bassist Mike Vogelman and drummer Seth Baer are locked in for whatever is needed. Gus Cordovox and C.C. Sax fill in their spaces with panache.
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tomp

Covers all the bases
This is more of Ben Vaughn’s instantly contagious music. Filled with mostly original tunes delivered in a way that makes you feel as if you’ve known them forever, this collection covers all the bases – world weary ballads, hand clapping rave-ups, international humor, self-effacing sing-a-longs, a tribute to Mose Allison, and a couple of re-worked covers of Ben’s own classics.

Highlights, which are plentiful, include the opening shuffle of “Percy’s Blues” – in which a world weary searcher whistles off into the sunset. The French phrase book inspired title track, reminiscent of his earlier Spanish language mash-up “Enchilada”. The humorously title “Railroad Track” takes us for a joy ride before pulling into the station. “Here Comes Trouble” is a number driven by C.C. Sax on the saxophone that sounds older than most of the disc. “Walkin’ My Way (Back To Your Heart)” is a delightful little ditty using the accordion work of Gus Cordovox to simulate a string arrangement and some sing-a-long chorus. “I’m Just Sayin’” sounds like a Sir Douglas song in the best way – and offers the first comparison to a goat I think I’ve heard in pop song. “When Losers Rule The World” co-written twenty years ago with Rodney Crowell, and the Combo classic “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme” are given re-works as a mournful ballad and a fife and drum arrangement. Mose Allison is remembered with “If You Live”. The set closes with an electric rave-up “Put A Nickel On The Tone-Arm”, which I’m guessing (without benefit of liner notes) must be dedicated to the Geator.

This is the first full length long player by the Quintet. Ben plays mostly acoustic guitar while the rhythm section of bassist Mike Vogelman and drummer Seth Baer are locked in for whatever is needed. Gus Cordovox and C.C. Sax fill in the spaces with panache.
Read more...