Thomas R. from APOPKA, FL Reviewed on 9/25/2009...
Delbert on this CD is great
There's something about Delbert
booknblueslady | Woodland, CA United States | 01/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Never Been Rocked Enough is one of those cd's that I just can't get enough of. I have to force myself not to play it to often for fear of wearing it out. I've read that Delbert is considered to be a musicians musician and has long been appreciated in the field while never receiving the fan base and recognition he most certainly deserves. I can't understand this. Every song on this cd rocks. The songs and Delbert's voice seems to speak to the average person and definitely to the average woman. Delbert is a gifted song writer, writing Cease and Desist, Never Been Rocked Enough and Why Me? on this cd. He also does great cover versions of songs by other writers as Have a Little Faith in Me by John Hiatt.On Rocked Enough he teams with Francine Reed (Lyle Lovett's backup singer and an excellent blues musician on her own) to sing I Used to Worry. Those of us of a certain age have to appreciate the irony of these lyrics. Bonnie Raitt guests on two of the songs Good Man, Good woman which received some radio air play and playing slide on Everytime I Roll the Dice. Melissa Etheridge and Tom Petty both make guest appearances as background vocalists.Delbert falls somewhere in the blues, country, rock genre. Its hard to pin him down exactly, but easy to know a Delbert song when you hear it. Fans of delta and Chicago blues may not appreciate his style."
Mel Odom | Moore, OK USA | 08/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Delbert McClinton's NEVER BEEN ROCKED ENOUGH was a 1992 release, but the album is one that keeps on giving. If the listener wants a quick pick-me-up jumping beat, the CD delivers that. And if the listener wants a soul-stirring wonder-of-life-and-love moment, Delbert delivers that as well. NEVER BEEN ROCKED ENOUGH is a great introduction to Delbert's music for a first time listener. Delbert is a bluesman with a foot in the past and an eye on the future. As a result, his brand of music is timeless.Born in Lubbock, Texas, Delbert never has tried to stray far from his blues and Western swing roots. He cut his teeth working roadhouses in Texas along the Jacksboro Highway, quietly lining up work as a sideman on other artists' albums. His first CD, VICTIM OF LIFE'S CIRCUMSTANCES, set the tone for much of his music. Several CDs have followed, including ONE OF THE FORTUNATE FEW, LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL, HONKY TONK `N BLUES, THE JEALOUS KIND, and 2001's Grammy Award-winning NOTHING PERSONAL.In NEVER BEEN ROCKED ENOUGH, Delbert kicks off the CD with "Everytime I Roll The Dice", a slow grooving toe-tapper that became a Top Ten hit. "I Used To Worry" is a blues testimonial to the inevitability of the world delivered with a sarcastic wink. In "Miss You Fever", Delbert reaches into his vocals bag to hand out a tune in a hoarse and hurting voice echoing with the haunting feeling of sitting on a barstool far too long hurting the way everyone who has loved and lost hurts. Delbert wrote "Why Me?" and the background vocals are by Tom Petty, and the song kicks up the CD's overall tempo, hooking the listener solidly and reeling him or her in. "Have A Little Faith In Me" brings the listener back to earth, chaining him or her to the softer emotions, and Delbert's harmonica work underscores the hope the words offer. Then Delbert kicks the doors open and delivers "Never Been Rocked Enough", a tune that he wrote and that drives directly to the fun-loving rocker that co-exists with this bluesman extraordinaire. "Blues As Blues Can Get" is a soft and easy blues talker that speaks of pain and loneliness. Moving back into an up-tempo beat, Delbert delivers "Can I Change My Mind" but stays with the insecurity and pain of relationships. Sounding a bit like a gospel song, written by Delbert, "Cease and Desist" is a sexy and fun romp. "Stir It Up" is a cover of a Bob Marley song, and Delbert dishes a soulful sound that warms the heart and inspires hope. Singing with blues sensation Bonnie Raitt, Delbert blasts out "Good Man, Good Woman", which earned both singers a Grammy Award, and ends the CD with a solid blues feel and Delbert's haunting harmonica work.NEVER BEEN ROCKED ENOUGH is a great addition to any Delbert McClinton sound library lacking this CD. For the blues enthusiast, the CD is also a definite keeper. Fans of Bonnie Raitt's work will definitely want to check out Delbert McClinton because they've both got the same long past deeply enmeshed in the blues scene and constant flirtation with the crossover pop crowd."
Give this man his due...
David Kinney | San Francisco, Ca. United States | 05/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will never understand how this great Texas R & B master can languish in near obscurity while a certain balding mullet headed white "soul" singer of very modest abilities reaps the rewards of ripping off the blues. Oh well, Delbert sings about not worrying about things like that, so I guess I won't either. This CD is a booty beater right from lift off. The rockers here propelled by Bonnie Raitt's wicked slide guitar and Delberts superb singing and harp playing. Dig his version of Tyrone Davis' '60's soul hit "Can I Change My Mind?". Delbert's serving notice here on all the the imposters, "this is how to sing soul music, ya'll. Fans of Blues, Country, Soul, and rocknroll, this man can do it all with the grace and power available only to a few. Get as much Delbert as you can find because you havn't been rocked enough."
Delbert McClinton Scores Another Winner
peter krampert | eharmonica.net | 11/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Delbert McClinton is a Texas singer-songwriter and harmonica player who has been making great music since the late 1950's. He made his first big public splash playing harmonica on Bruce Chanel's "Hey baby" and legend has it that he taught John Lennon some of the rudiments of Blues harmonica playing. His songs have been covered by dozens of other recording srtists and has had a career that has spanned decades and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down."Never Been Rocked Enough" is an absolutely solid album by an absolutely solid performer. Delbert's back-up musicians are as tight as you can expect. The songwriting is a s strong as always and Delbert's singing is absolutely a joy to listen to. As always, his harmonica playing shows the years he's spent perfecting his craft.This is a very nice effort by a great artist. I definitely recommend it."
Have a little faith in Delbert...
terpfan1980 | Somewhere near Washington DC, United States | 12/23/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with an earlier user review - Delbert Mcclinton is a seriously overlooked and underappreciated talent.I'd rate this CD very highly just for the great version of "Have a little faith in me," but the entire disc is just plain supurb.Just the right mix of Blues, Rock and Country provides a disc that is worth every penny of the asking price."Everytime I roll the dice" is a rollicking blues tune, and starts this disc out right. "I used to worry" is a great tune, and just confirms that Delbert isn't worried 'about things like that.' "Miss you fever" is the typical 'sad you are gone (and I probably chased you away)' song, but from there you've got "Why Me" to pick up your spirits and start you rocking.My personal favorite is "Have a little faith in me," a song that I think of when I hear "If I should fall behind" (performed very well by Springsteen and the E Street-ers and by the exquisite Faith Hill)."Never been rocked enough" follows that and continues this great disc toward several more great tunes.Well worth the asking price, and an excellent addition to any CD collection."