From The Reach CD (2008)

Artist: Sonny Landreth

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Label Naxos of America
SKU 207989529
UPC 881626911129
UPC 14 00881626911129
Format CD
Release Date 5/20/2008
Author Sonny Landreth
Associated Artist/Work Shizzoe, Hank
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Finney; Chris Stone; Chuck Ainlay; Ken Eros; Rich Cooper; Alan Schulman; Richard Mullen; Tony Daigle
Producer Sonny Landreth; Tony Daigle
CatalogID 269111
Lable Name LandFall
Released 05/20/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 46m : 32s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00881626911129
Musical Guests
Mark Knopfler
Eric Clapton
Robben Ford
Eric Johnson
Dr. John
Jimmy Buffett
Vince Gill
Nadirah Shakoor
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Sonny Landreth (vocals, guitar); Vince Gill (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Robben Ford (vocals, guitar); Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler (guitar, background vocals); Eric Johnson (guitar); Sam Broussard (acoustic guitar); Dr. John (piano, background vocals); Steve Conn (organ, keyboards); Brian Brignac, Tony Daigle (percussion); Jimmy Buffett, Nadirah Shakoor (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Sonny Landreth; Tony Daigle.
Recording information: British Grove Studio, London, England; Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Germany; Dockside Studios, Maurice, LA; La Louisianne Studio, Lafayette, LA; Olympic Studios, London, England; Saucer Sound, Austin, TX; Soundstage Studio, Nashville, TN; The Music Shed, New Orleans, LA; Zircon Skye Production, Ojai.
Photographer: Jack Spencer.
Louisiana slide master Sonny Landreth takes his time between releases -- his last studio disc of original material was five years prior to this -- but when they arrive, the wait seems justified. For the debut album on his own Landfall records, Landreth calls in marquee name guitarists Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, and Vince Gill to bolster the visibility factor. Rather than focusing on guitar duals, Landreth wrote songs that incorporate their styles, and occasional vocals, organically into the material. There are plenty of stunning solos of course, but they are integrated into the tunes that stand up just fine without the six-string fireworks. The album's title is a double entendre as "reach" is a body of water and also describes Landreth inviting his guests to be part of the project. The water theme appears in a few post-Katrina songs like the scathing "Blue Tarp Blues ("Air Force One had a heck of a view, lookin' down on the patchwork of the blue tarp blues") and others such as the bluesy "Storm of Worry," featuring Clapton's trademarked licks. Dr. John pays a house call on "Howlin' Moon," bringing his New Orleans piano and backing vocals to a second line burner that shifts into harder-edged rock but maintains its inherent Crescent City vibe. Jimmy Buffett, who sings backing vocals on the track, is virtually inaudible. The lovely ballad "Let it Fly" slows down the mood and sounds somewhat like something that Landreth's old boss John Hiatt might write. Ford sings and plays on "Way Past Long," a terrific meeting of the minds where both contribute guitar and vocals to a funky stomper that is a true collaboration and one of this album's many highlights. Guitar freaks will salivate over the raging instrumentals "Uberesso" and "The Milky Way Home" the latter where Landreth trades riffs with Eric Johnson, whose own style complements that of the headliner. At just over 45 minutes, it's over too quickly, but there isn't a wasted note here. The songs are some of Landreth's most heartfelt, his singing is emotional and understated, the production (Landreth with Tony Daigle, who also engineered) perfectly captures these performances in their swampy glory and the playing, by everyone, is inspired. The guest guitarists do their jobs well, but this would be a strong project even without them, and is surely one of Landreth's finest sets to date. ~ Hal Horowitz
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (p.47) - "Louisiana slide-guitar wizard Sonny Landreth finally achieves his dream team effort of sorts, by playing alongside some of the world's heavyweight guitarists."
Living Blues (p.47) - "Throughout the recording, Landreth sounds inspired and pushed and makes an especially personal statement. Essential listening for anyone interested in modern slide guitar."
Disc 1
1 Blue Tarp Blues - (featuring Mark Knopfler)
2 When I Still Had You - (featuring Eric Clapton)
3 Way Past Long - (featuring Robben Ford)
4 Milky Way Home, The - (featuring Eric Johnson)
5 Storm of Worry - (featuring Eric Clapton)
6 Howlin' Moon - (featuring Dr. John/Jimmy Buffett)
7 Goin' On, The - (featuring Vince Gill)
8 Let It Fly - (featuring Nadirah Shakoor)
9 Blue Angel - (featuring Robben Ford/Vince Gill)
10 ?beresso
11 Universe - (featuring Vince Gill)
Product Attributes
Artist Landreth,Sonny
Music Format Compact Disc

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