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Raoul & The Big Time - Hollywood Blvd (2014) Lossless

7-09-2014, 06:56
Blues | Rock | FLAC / APE

Raoul & The Big Time - Hollywood Blvd (2014) Lossless

Artist: Raoul & The Big Time
Title Of Album: Hollywood Blvd
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Big Time Records
Genre: Chicago Blues, West Coast Blues
Total Time: 45:08 min
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 266 mb

A traditional recording of "Toronto/Chicago/Hollywood Blues" featuring guest performances by America's finest living players.

Toronto based blues band Raoul and The Big Time are set to release their fifth recording ‘Hollywood Blvd’ on April 22, 2014. Raoul and The Big Time are well known for their energetic mix of “Toronto / Chicago / Hollywood” blues influenced by the Chess blues sound of the 1950s and contemporary West Coast jump harmonica Blues. ‘Hollywood Boulevard’ is rich and authentic, reminiscent of the sounds that inspired the recording all while showcasing their originality and fresh approach to classic blues styles.

Raoul Bhaneja is immediately familiar as a busy actor most noted for his over 75 film and television credits and his stage performances of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (solo). Bhaneja is also widely known as a bandleader, singer, and harmonica player. His band, The Big Time, is comprised of multiple award winning musicians Darren Gallen on guitar, Terry Wilkins on upright bass and Tom Bona on drums. In 1999, Raoul and The Big Time were awarded with the Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year and were voted NOW Magazine’s Best Toronto Blues Artist in 2007.

For 'Hollywood Blvd', Bhaneja enlisted the help of some of the biggest names in the genre today including Blues Music Award winner Curtis Salgado, Franck Goldwasser, Rick Holmstrom, Jeff Turmes, and Stephen Hodges of the Mavis Staples Band, Junior Watson, Larry Taylor, Richard Innes and Fred Kaplan of the Hollywood Blue Flames, Rusty Zinn, and Johnny Sansone. "Over the past 14 years I have spent time in LA as an actor and California also happens to a spot on earth where many great modern day blues masters live." Says Bhaneja. "The chance to record and play with these guys has been amazing and I consider myself very lucky to work and learn from them. Most of the guests live on the West Coast and have been playing this music for anywhere from 30 to 50 years! That's a lot of blues experience." Also performing on the recording are Canadian musical luminaries Pat Carey, Alison Young, Jake Wilkinson, Mark Mariash, John Showman and Tyler Yarema.

Recorded in Toronto and Burbank, the 12-song collection features eight originals written by Bhaneja and four creative and refreshing covers of classic blues songs including “Someday” written by Bobby “Blue” Bland, “Get Out Of My Life Woman”, by Allan Toussaint, “Why Am I Treated So Bad” by The Staples Singers, and a traditional Bluegrass tune “In The Shadow Of The Pine”. An impressive and ambitious recording, ‘Hollywood Blvd’ is Raoul and The Big Time’s tribute to the music they love and are inspired by.


01. Nothin' Gonna Take Me Down (feat. Rick Holmstrom & Donny Gerrard) (4:51)
02. Hollywood Blvd (feat. Junior Watson & Fred Kaplan) (3:55)
03. Someday (feat. Franck Goldwasser) (2:10)
04. High Roller (feat. Junior Watson & Fred Kaplan) (2:59)
05. Amphetamine (feat. Rick Holmstrom) (2:50)
06. Get out of My Life Woman (feat. Rusty Zinn) (3:32)
07. Left Coast Fred (feat. Fred Kaplan & Junior Watson) (3:29)
08. Why Am I Treated so Bad (feat. Rick Holmstrom & Donny Gerrard) (4:20)
09. Tired (feat. Junior Watson & Fred Kaplan) (5:52)
10. Spoken For (feat. Junior Watson & Fred Kaplan) (4:35)
11. Curtis Charm (feat. Curtis Salgado) (3:02)
12. In the Shadow of the Pine (feat. Johnny Sansone & John Showman) (3:27)

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