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Roll Of The Dice
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Roll Of The Dice
Genres: Blues, Rock
 
Singer and harmonica whiz Kim Wilson, the only original member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and longtime drummer Fran Christina were joined by bassist Harvey Brooks, keyboardist Gene Taylor and guitarists Kid Ramos, David...  more »

      
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All Artists: The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Title: Roll Of The Dice
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Genres: Blues, Rock
Styles: Regional Blues, Texas Blues, Modern Blues, Blues Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Roll of the Dice
UPCs: 010058213024, 010058213048

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Singer and harmonica whiz Kim Wilson, the only original member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and longtime drummer Fran Christina were joined by bassist Harvey Brooks, keyboardist Gene Taylor and guitarists Kid Ramos, David Grissom, and Danny Kortchmar for Roll the Dice. Despite all this turnover, the T-Birds' sound remains remarkably consistent; the emphasis is still on Wilson's rich baritone and a rock-solid groove, and those survive undiminished. It also helps that Wilson has matured into a terrific songwriter, able to come up with witty wordplay and catchy melodies, much like such heroes as Willie Dixon, Rockin' Sidney, and David Porter. Wilson co-wrote seven of the 12 songs on Roll the Dice, and comes up with such memorable aphorisms as "How could something so cold come from something so hot?" and "Life is a '59 Cadillac; I'm looking forward to looking back," and such compelling rhythm/melody combinations as the zydeco-flavored "Do As I Say," the Slim Harpo feel of "Takin' It Too Easy," or the Muddy Waters stomp of the title track. The album's surprising cover tunes are Van Morrison's "Here Comes the Night" and Walt Disney's "Zip a Dee Do Dah," but Wilson and his current bandmates bring a classic T-Bird groove to both of them. --Geoffrey Himes

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Great T-Birds Material
05/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you have only heard the T-Birds with Jimmie Vaughan and thought anything after that would pale in comparrison, check this out. Kid Ramos is EXCELLENT. A different style than Jimmie but he works very well with Kim Wilson. This CD smokes. Bluesy hard drivin Austin Blues Rock. One of their best, no doubt about it. And if you ever have a chance to see these guys LIVE don't pass up the opportunity."
Hotstuff
05/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Bieng a F.T fan for many years I was happy to hear this album. From the cover song (roll of the dice) to the last one (a remake of walt disneys zip a dee do dah) I was thrilled to hear that famaliar sound of Kim Wilson awesome voice. Although the original members are mostly gone, Kim has found some good, solid musicians to fill in, and make another great album. Better than High Water I thought, it makes me want more like it. Thats it!!! I love the thundrbirds."