Joe McBride & The Texas Rhythm Club: Keepin' It Real (2002)
What is surprising, though, is the selection of A3's "Woke Up This Morning" (Better known as the Soprano's theme) as this CD's opener. The song is given a slightly different arrangement from what fans of the HBO series are accustomed to, yet it is so familiar that the listener will find himself/herself singing or humming along. The vocals are smoky (a pre-requisite for this song and absolutely wonderful). Another winner is "Never Let You Go" in which McBride supplies a beautiful almost Chicago-like vocal. The rest of the CD features McBride's signature instrumental good-natured cheerful and up-beat sounds.
Although there is nothing monumentally new or ground-breaking here, fans of McBride will be very happy and new fans will enjoy the carefree feel of this offering.
Track Listing: 1. Woke up This Morning (Burnett/Love) - 4:29 2. Keepin' It Real (McBride) - 5:01 3. Oi Gata (McBride) - 4:17 4. Lakewood (McBride) - 5:16 5. His Name (McBride) - 4:15 6. Never Let You Go (McBride) - 4:13 7. Morning in a Distant Land (McBride) - 5:05 8. Can't Live Without You (McBride) - 3:46 9. When You Smile (McBride) - 4:22 10. Kickin' It (McBride) - 3:55 11. Gentle Rain (McBride) - 3:40 12. Woke up This Morning (Burnett/Love) - 4:05
Personnel: Joe McBride - Piano, Keyboards, Vocals Tommy Edwards - Photography Donald Baker - Illustrations Steve Browne - Engineer Wayne Delano - Sax (Baritone), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor) Dave Love - Executive Producer Martin Walters - Bass, Producer, Engineer Lou Hemsey - Mastering David Newsom - Producer Todd Parsnow - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric) Rick Rigsby - Bass Sean McCurley - Drums Robert Hoffman - Design
Record Label: Heads Up International