Album of the Week , July 24th 2016, Savage Kings by Barrence Whitfield and the Savages


I think one of my weekly challenges in life is coming up with an album of the week that meets the standards or style of who we are here at 50thirdand3rd. I try to take into account the different taste in music while staying as true as I can to our original intent in bringing the best music we could to light. So today it’s a 2010 re-release from Bloodshot Records from Barrence Whitfield and the Savages Great soul stomping tunes , very cool LP that I have to add to my collection of vinyl.

from Bloodshot Records / Savage Kings LP
Barrence Whitfield and the Savages’ 2010 comeback album originally released on Munster Records in Spain, it’s been repressed on Shake It Records! The precursor to their back-to-back Bloodshot masterpieces.

The core Savages lineup of Whitfield/Greenberg/Lenker reunited for a full-bore rhythm & blues fueled, roc-n-roll stomp. Savage Kings returns to the Savages’ heyday of their debut & Dig Yourself sound of an all-nite blowout that you will pay severely for the next morning…. and isn’t that the way it should be??? Rave-up covers mixed with originals combine to serve up the return of the classic lineup that may very well out deliver the goods than those initial LPs… which says alot.

Among the well-curated and over-amped covers is a headbanging version of Ted Taylor’s “(Love Is Like A) Ramblin’ Rose” (perhaps you remember the MC5’s version?) that’ll peel the paint offa your house. There’s also Lightnin’ Slim’s “Its Mighty Crazy,” Johnny Sayles’ “You Told A Lie,” the jump blues of Waymon Brown’s “Barefoot Susie” and several other treats.

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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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