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Bobby Whitlock & Kim Carmel - Other Assorted Love Songs (2003)
Classic Rock | MP3 320 kbps CBR | 68 min | 157 MB
Label: The Domino Label | Rel: 2003

This recording is a marvel of perfection on several levels, starting with the performance itself, which most artists would be happy to release as a defining work of their careers. There's not a wrong moment anywhere, & the audio is technically perfect as well. & as an album, it does much more than capture an evening's work it also reclaims a major part of Bobby Whitlock's legacy in his own name. Recorded live at Whitney Chapel Centenary College in New Jersey, Whitlock (in partnership with Kim Carmel) performs the songs that he wrote or co-wrote for Derek & the Dominos, plus other chronologically relevant compositions & some newer ones.
The classic pieces hold up magnificently, & all of it is a reminder that there was a lot more to the Dominos than the members' virtuosity, prodigious as the latter was very few b&s ever went into the studio with a better repertoire to work with on a debut long-player. But here, acoustic guitar & piano are more than sufficient accompaniment &, indeed, coupled with Whitlock's powerful singing & range, make a strong case for these being the definitive versions. Stripped down to their basics, "I Looked Away," "Keep on Growing," & "Anyday" as sung by Whitlock retain just about everything that they were in the b&'s h&s three decades before, reconfigured here as deeply personal white Southern soul. "Bell Bottom Blues" is greater in this setting, with Whitlock‘s singing fully exposed in all of its raspy, expressive glory, & his duets with Carmel on "Tell the Truth" & "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad" also eclipse the originals as interpretations. Indeed, any serious fan of Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs may find this recording essential as well, if only to hear how the composer h&les those songs on his own. Whitlock also makes a strong presentation of his later work, songs from the 1990s & also pieces new to this album among the latter, "In the Middle of the Night" by itself is worth the price of the album. & based on his performance of "All Things Must Pass" a song on which he played originally it wouldn't be the worst idea for Whitlock to do an album of George Harrison songs, if he were so inclined. The whole recording, including Carmel's featured song ("Good-Bye"), is so overflowing with superb music & deeply personal feeling that it is almost a gift from the artists to their audience worth far more than any retail price could ever warrant.

Tracklist:

01. I Looked Away (3:01)
02. Keep On Growing (4:23)
03. Anyday (5:52)
04. He's Gone (5:05)
05. All Things Must Pass (5:01)
06. Thorn Tree (Introduction) (2:36)
07. Thorn Tree In The Garden (3:07)
08. In The Middle Of The Night (6:52)
09. Bell Bottom Blues (6:05)
10. Good-Bye (4:36)
11. High On You (4:01)
12. Runnin' Wide Open (6:07)
13. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (6:03)
14. Tell The Truth (5:38)
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