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Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
Robert Bradley
Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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The former members of the Detroit alternative rock band Second Self were working on demos for a new record deal in 1992 when they stumbled across a blind street singer a few blocks from their studio. The young musicians ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Robert Bradley
Title: Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
Members Wishing: 0
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Label: © 1996 BMG Entertainment / RCA Records
Original Release Date: 9/17/1996
Release Date: 9/17/1996
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Electric Blues, Modern Blues, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 078636691923, 0090204986392, 078636691947

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The former members of the Detroit alternative rock band Second Self were working on demos for a new record deal in 1992 when they stumbled across a blind street singer a few blocks from their studio. The young musicians were so struck by the older man's raspy, booming, soulful voice that they invited him into the studio to record a few tracks. The resultant quintet, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise is named after the veteran busker and is dominated by his anachronistic, bluesy growl and his eccentric songwriting. Like the late street-singer-turned-major-label artist Ted Hawkins, Bradley is not a blues traditionalist. He loves the soul music of the '60s and '70s, but the experience of playing that material on an acoustic guitar on sidewalks created a hybrid sound that's neither old folk nor new pop. And when he started writing his own songs in this weird genre, he came up with arrestingly personal testimony, like his plea to the "Governor" to turn his electricity back on before the singer's woman walks out on him. Or his memories of his youth "Once Upon a Time" when Marvin Gaye sang and the world was full of dreams that slipped through our hands. Because Bradley's bandmates come out of a different tradition, they avoid the usual R&B clichés. They also provide surprisingly sympathetic, admirably restrained backing to his peculiar vision. --Geoffrey Himes

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Didn't this used to be the Motown sound?
Michael Poland | Las Cruces, NM USA | 01/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The first word that popped into my mind when I heard this album (completely by accident) was "funky!" An amazing rhythm and sound that any blues lover shouldn't do without! Who's responsible for hiding these guys from the general public??"
Blues/Rock fusion at its finest.
Kelly | Tampa, FL United States | 07/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise is just that, a surprise. I first caught RBBS on Mtv a few years ago, when the video for "California" was being played.(Back when Mtv actually played music with out intrusive artist voice-overs or worthless man-on-the-street shout outs taking up 25% of the screen!) I became absolutely enthralled with this music. In this age of rap/rock [copiers] and divas screaming out re-hashed versions of songs that [stunk] the first time around, RBBS is a refreshing trip back to the days when music was about expression and storytelling, not money. I HIGHLY recommend this album, and all the other albums this band has released, to anyone interested in finding out what music was like before musicians were required to pump out as much radio-friendly drivel as possible to fulfill their contractual obligations."
Awesome--10-5-00
slappy00 | Denver, CO USA | 10/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A good friend of mine introduced me to this album about 2 months ago and I can't get enough of it. I believe this album to be the all-time best blues album I have ever heard. "Governor" may be the best blues song in music history as far as I am concerned. Buy this album, you will not regret it."