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Mark Doyle & The Maniacs - Shake 'em On Down (2009)

21-09-2014, 05:59
Music | Blues | Rock

Mark Doyle & The Maniacs - Shake 'em On Down (2009)

Artist: Mark Doyle & The Maniacs
Title Of Album: Shake 'em On Down
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Free Will
Genre: Blues, Blues Rock
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 50:36 Min
Total Size: 123 Mb


1. Mystic Eyes
2. I'm Not Talking
3. Smokestack Lightnin'
4. New Set Of Blues
5. Fleetwood Mac
6. Sandy Mary
7. Shake 'em On Down
8. Needle And Spoon
9. Parchman Farm
10. Messin' The Blues

Opening with a faithfully frantic version of Them s Mystic Eyes, this disc hits the ear like a slap; sweat-drenched rock-and-roll glory with Strat-man Doyle slicing off in some Rollin And Tumblin licks while drummer Frank DeFonda and bassist Michael P. Ryan beat their instruments like rented mules. This album is a rocking, exciting, contemporary treatment of the music that rock and roll kids of the 60s so desperately needed and which is still blasting into ear buds even as the first decade of the 21st century closes. Among several feverish high points on the disc is a version of Savoy Brown s Needle And Spoon featuring Doyle grabbing the best of Kim Simmonds guitar licks and adding a few of his and Muddy Waters own. Ostensibly dedicated to the British blues/rock of the 60s, the disc steps slightly outside those boundaries by including Robin Trower s Messin The Blues, but, having recorded it in the 70s, so did Trower. So, no harm no foul. Doyle keeps things honest by lacing in strains of Peter Green s Rattlesnake Shake at the end. This record is a gleeful, joyous reminder of why you sold your stamp collection to buy a guitar and made your dad move the Buick so you and your ne er-do-well friends could wail like savages. Long live rock? If Doyle and the Maniacs have anything to say about it and boy, do they it surely will. --Rick Allen - Vintage Guitar

When Mark Doyle tackles a genre, watch out. The veteran Syracuse musician and producer turns his bright spotlight onto the 1960s British blues music that caught his ears when he was falling in love with playing the guitar. Doyle calls his new crew The Maniacs. Terry Quill on second guitar and harmonica, Jack "Penetrator" Lipton on vocals, Michael P. Ryan on vocals and bass and Frank DeFonda on drums indeed go wild on "Shake 'em on Down -- A Salute to the 60s British Blues Boom." These 10 songs do for this invasion what Doyle's "Guitar Noir" did for atmospheric soundscapes and "Out of the Past" did for instrumental takes on pop. Call it a magic carpet ride through the glory and power first crafted by Them ("Mystic Eyes"), the Yardbirds ("I'm Not Talking" and "Smokestack Lightning"), Peter Green ("Fleetwood Mac" and "Sandy Mary") , Savoy Brown ("Shake 'em on Down" and "Needle and Spoon"), John Mayall ("Parchman Farm") and Robin Trower ("Messin' the Blues"). Thanks to the pristine sound captured and mixed by Jocko at More Sound in Syracuse, you can hear the love and talent in every delicious, invigorating lick, beat and word. For an added treat, Doyle wrote "New Set of Blues" with old Free Will mates Joe Whiting and George Egosarian. The Maniacs deliver it full of suspense, power and affection, fitting to that era, all the T's crossed and I's dotted. --Mark Bialzcak - Stars Magazine

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