Full Circle CD (2006)

Artist: Walter Trout

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Product Overview


Label RUF (idn)
SKU 202575808
UPC 710347111726
UPC 14 00710347111726
Format CD
Release Date 6/20/2006
Author Walter Trout
Associated Artist/Work Mayall, John
Associated Artist/Work The Free Radicals
Technical Info
Engineer Eric Corne
Producer Walter Trout; Walter Trout
CatalogID RUF 1117
Lable Name Ruf Records
Released 06/20/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 70m : 39s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00710347111726
Musical Guests
John Mayall
Jeff Healey
Bernard Allison
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Walter Trout (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Walter Trout; Jeff Healey (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano); Guitar Shorty, Bernard Allison (vocals, guitar); Eric Sardinas (vocals, acoustic guitar); James Harman (vocals, harmonica); Finis Tasby (vocals); Junior Watson (guitar); Rob Rio, Daniel Timms (piano); Al Webster, Richie Hayward, Bill Bateman, Stephen Hodges (drums); John Mayall (vocals, guitar, harmonica, piano); Coco Montoya, Joe Bonamassa (vocals, guitar).
Audio Mixer: Eric Corne.
Recording information: Liquid Toronto, Canada (01/21/2006-03/08/2006); Mad Dog Studios, Burbank, CA (01/21/2006-03/08/2006).
Author: Marie Trout.
Photographers: Marie Trout; Gary E. Smith; Neil Zlozower.
In his mid-fifties at the time of this album's release in 2006, Walter Trout seemed to be in a reflective mood. His 2005 album was a collection of older, previously unreleased tracks from various stages in his extensive career. This follow-up finds him reconnecting with many artists he has worked with, laying down newly recorded originals. In fact, this is Trout's first studio recorded disc of fresh material since 2001's Go the Distance. As the Full Circle title implies, the guitarist rounds up some musicians/friends he has played with for a spontaneous set of performances. The liner notes explain that some of these tracks were unrehearsed first takes, and the heightened energy level throughout reflects that. Also impressive is that Trout was eye-to-eye with each artist, as opposed to projects where guests lay down solos at various times in different cities and never see each other. The disc kicks off in fine, heated form with John Mayall sharing vocals and guitar and adding harmonica to a fiery eight-minute slow blues workout "She Takes More Than She Gives." Trout restrains -- slightly -- his propensity to pummel more notes per minute than the next guy, infusing greater passion into his playing as evidenced by the swampy blues-rock of "Workin' Overtime," featuring Jeff Healey. Fellow fret shredders of his genre such as Bernard Allison, Coco Montoya, and especially Joe Bonamassa add predictable firepower with their contributions and seem to spur Trout to new heights. In this heavy company, it's refreshing to hear him shift into a jazzier mood with Junior Watson on "Slap Happy" and even go acoustic on "Firehouse Mama," where he trades hyperactive riffs with neighbor Eric Sardinas. Harp master/vocalist James Harman (who, with his burly face and long white beard looks more like Moses everyday) and organist Deacon Jones bring comparative subtlety to the proceedings and alter the groove to a less frenzied attack than when Trout is trading licks with his guitar buddies. Guitar Shorty, Little Feat drummer Richard Hayward, and noted DJ Larry Keene -- whose articulated fast talking can be compared to Trout's own style on guitar -- also appear, the latter for a spoken word title cut finale that could have been left on the cutting room floor. Deep blues fans will still probably shy away due to the album's guitar heavy appeal and Trout's tendency to overextend his furious solos. But for the blues-rocker who loves a rugged blast of electricity and barrages of notes played with no-frills intensity, this is arguably Trout's most listenable, impressive, and diverse album yet. ~ Hal Horowitz
Disc 1
1 She Takes More Than She Gives
2 Workin' Overtime
3 Firehouse Mama
4 Who's Listenin' In
5 Slap Happy
6 Wrapped Around Your Finger
7 Busy Man, A
8 Highway Song
9 When Will It Ever Change
10 Can't Help Falling Apart
11 After Hours
12 Clouds on the Horizon
13 Full Circle
Product Attributes
Artist Trout,Walter
Label Ruf Records
Music Format Compact Disc
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