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Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Rock
Digitally remastered edition of the 1971 album from one of the most gifted guitarists ever to pick up the instrument. Upchurch had played with Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and Jerry Butler, but headed to California... more »
Digitally remastered edition of the 1971 album from one of the most gifted guitarists ever to pick up the instrument. Upchurch had played with Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions and Jerry Butler, but headed to California to make a name for himself. This outstanding album was produced by Tommy LiPuma and was musically arranged by the late Donny Hathaway, who also provided much of the keyboard work here, along with The Crusaders' Joe Sample. Upchurch offers amazing renditions of The Youngbloods' "Darkness Darkness", Marvin Gaye's "Inner CIty Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" and James Taylor's "Fire & Rain".
Smokin' and Soulful
Mark W. Mckenzie | Cary, IL United States | 01/25/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen Phil Upchurch perform live a couple of times, and it was an amazing experience. While this album doesn't quite capture all the same raw energy and imagination, it is the closest that I have heard on record. This is album is NOT heady, out-there bepop, but just straight-ahead, cooking, soulful guitar, with a smoking rhythm section. Kind of the anti-Jim Hall. Even in the rubato guitar intros, the energy is always there. The arrangements are concise and serve the music well. I bought this on vinyl way-back-when and I've listened to it over and over. Nice that it's available on CD."
Charles Demetri | shelton, ct | 06/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THIS IS ONE OF PHIL'S GREATEST ALBUMS! THE GUITAR SOUND IS WICKED AND NASTY. A GREAT COMBO OF SOUL AND JAZZ. A CLASSIC.
Darkness Darkness Review
Steve R. Schmiedbauer | USA | 12/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an awesome disc by Phil Upchurch. I had this as an LP in the 70's and I wore it out. Its classic covers converted to Phil's jam sessions much like Coltrane did with his covers. I highly recommend this disc as a starter for new fans of Phil Upchurh, and any one who is familiar with him and might not know about this release."