Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review -- RAY MANZAREK & ROY ROGERS -- Translucent Blues

TRANSLUCENT BLUES Ray Manzarek & Roy Rogers
BLIND PIG RECORDS
8.5-out-of-10

There are record labels you get to know you can trust, and Blind Pig is certainly one of those. You see the logo of the grinning porker with sunglasses and you are pretty much sure the disk is a winner.
Now add into the equation Ray Manzarek's musical roots extend back to a group called The Doors, and you get the feeling Translucent Blues is going to be a rather special disk.
The disk really highlights music which is the offspring of rock and blues. Not exactly classic blues, which may limit the appeal for some, Manzarek and Rogers combine to create something quite unique and fabulously refreshing.
For example there is an underlying beat to Kick which reminds of The Doors, yet it is still a full blues effort.
Of course with Roy Rogers offering his fine skills on slide guitar to the disk, as Manzarek plays keyboards and applies his vintage voice, it's hard not to be impressed.
In Rogers' case he is a performer with pedigree. He has performed with Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, Linda Ronstadt, and Sammy Hagar and been nominated for 8 Grammy's as producer, songwriter and performer.
There are 12 songs here, and every one is rock solid. I'd highly recommend checking this one.
Check it out at www.blindpigrecords.com
CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 15, 2011 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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