Wings On Fire by Glenn Astarita
Flyin' High by Dan McClenaghanMore articles about Professor "Louie"
Wings On Fire
During this second stint of recording activity, Professor "Louie" and his Crowmatrix set up shop to prepare arranged tunes for The Band's studio dates. Danko, Helm, Hudson and Company were touring a great deal at the time, and the professor worked out the songs for them when the time came to hit the studio.
Flyin' High is The Professor and his groups third Band-tinged CD on Woodstock Records, with the bonus of having Garth Hudsonthe origninal Band's keyboardist/multi-instrumentalistsitting in...
...this Band fan, back in '69, caught The Band in concert in San Diego and Long Beach California. Hudson's keyboard wizardry on numbers like "We Can Talk" and "This Wheel's on Fire" drew gasps of pure awe from a rock audience unprepared for his prowess, and a yong woman in front of me whispered "Oh my God," at the pure beauty of his saxophone solo at the end of "Unfaithful Servant".
And Garth is in top form here, on Flyin' High
The CD opens with a traditional romper, a New Orleans-inflected romper, "Bull Frog", the band crisp, the lead vocals sounding quite Levon-esque. Louie and Crew mine Jubilation for "Don't Wait", one of the Band's best recorded performances, pre or post-Robertson. And, Oh Garth! Play that organ, Brother. "Whatever it Takes" is a tune co-written by the Band's late bassist/vocalist (too soon gone, like Richard Manuel), a soulful, pensive gem with New Riders of the Purple Sage feel. Then "No Survivors" brings The Allman Bros Band to mind.
A great , bluesy, roots rock recording, with another bonus: Marie Spinosa on a couple of lead vocals, "Especially Now" and "Jackie"a reminder that the original Band would have sounded great doing a full album behind Emmylou Harris, or maybe backing Miss Marie.
A necessary CD for Band fans, and lovers of '70's country roots rock.
Track Listing: Bull Frong, Don't Wait, Whatever it Takes, No Souveniers, Miss Marie, Nashville Blues, Between Midnight and Two, Especially Now, Last Train Out, Jackie, Jack-A-Roe
Personnel: Prof. "Louie", lead vocals, keyboards; Miss Marie Spinosa, vocals, percussion; Mike deMicco, guitars and mandolins; Mike Dunn, bass; Gary Burke, drums; Mike Falzarano, vocals, guitar, mandolin; Garth Hudson, keyboards and arrangements
Record Label: Woodstock Records
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