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Dedicated to You
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Blues, Pop, Rock
Best known as the leader of Los Angeles's premier Western-swing revivalist group the Fly Rite Boys, Big Sandy takes a solo turn on Dedicated to You. Focusing on doo-wop and R&B--specifically sounds cut in the late '50s and... more »
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Best known as the leader of Los Angeles's premier Western-swing revivalist group the Fly Rite Boys, Big Sandy takes a solo turn on Dedicated to You. Focusing on doo-wop and R&B--specifically sounds cut in the late '50s and early '60s by groups such as the Coasters, Platters, and Southern California's the Calvanes, who provide backup harmonies here--Sandy (a.k.a. Robert Williams) cruises through these vintage tracks with joy and enthusiasm, often sounding much like Frankie Lymon, especially on "Lonely Guy." "I'm Leavin' It All Up to You" is a smooth duet with Dewey Terry, who originally recorded the song for Specialty Records as one half of Don & Dewey. Dedicated to You is a treat that reveals that Big Sandy is more than just the current king of hillbilly boogie. He's a soulful crooner to boot. --Alexandra Russell
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"All you baby boomer, old-school, R&B fans should get this labor of love cd and (if you're not a lush or tea totaler) a six pack of your favorite suds, and then you won't need a big crowd of people to pull a party. You'll soon be singing and/or hucklebucking all by yourself to beat the band!
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First-rate reinterpretation of Doo-Wop and R&B classics
hyperbolium | Earth, USA | 06/04/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Together with his Fly-Rite boys, Big Sandy has recorded Rockabilly, Western Swing and Country. But on his first solo flight, he channels the spirits of West Coast doo-wop and R&B singers with a new level of passion. The sixteen tracks transcend mere cover status, crackling with the fire and electricity these songs delivered at their birth.Sandy's sweet delivery is catapulted to new heights by the background and harmony vocals of The Calvanes (whose Dootones labelmates The Penguins and The Cufflinks are covered here), the piano of Dewey Terry and saxophones of Cad Kadison. The groove on Richard Berry's "Have Love Will Travel" nearly obliterates every fuzzed-out garage band rendition of the 60s. Similarly, the street-corner harmony of "Lonely Guy," the call-and-response of "Pretty Girls Everywhere," the doo-wop scatting of "Hey Señorita," and Sandy's duets with Vicky Tafoya all wail with unbridled spirit.From romantic ballads to the most swinging R&B, Big Sandy hits the bull's-eye every time."