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Beggar's Oil
Kelly Joe Phelps
Beggar's Oil
Genres: Blues, Pop
 
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Kelly Joe Phelps, accompanied by veteran bassist Larry Taylor and drummer Billy Conway (ex-Morphine), recorded his 2001 release Sky Like a Broken Clock in just three days. You have to figure that such a stream-of-conscious...  more »

     
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All Artists: Kelly Joe Phelps
Title: Beggar's Oil
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rykodisc
Release Date: 2/5/2002
Album Type: EP, Limited Edition
Genres: Blues, Pop
Style: Contemporary Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 014431061929, 014431061967

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Kelly Joe Phelps, accompanied by veteran bassist Larry Taylor and drummer Billy Conway (ex-Morphine), recorded his 2001 release Sky Like a Broken Clock in just three days. You have to figure that such a stream-of-consciousness recording session generated some alternate takes and songs that just didn't fit on the finished album--and you'd be right. Hence Beggar's Oil, a limited-edition EP full of goodies for fans of one of the greatest slide guitarists around. The title track is taken from Sky, perhaps to set the mood, but the other five songs consists of two alternate versions of songs from the album, plus three songs that didn't make it to the album. The band arrangement of "Tommy" is a little odd, and it's easy to understand why it's not on Sky--it's not bad, it's just not as perfect as the one Phelps performs solo. With "Don Quixote's Windmill," as with "Tommy," Phelps gently explores a world of madness in a way that makes sense of it, while "Lass of Loch Royale" is simply beautiful. Never obtrusive or forceful, Phelps's music appeals penetratingly to both head and heart, leaving an impression long after the last notes have faded. --Genevieve Williams

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W. R. Swan | Los Angeles, CA USA | 02/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've been a KJP fan since I first heard a CD of his after a kindly older gentleman at a local guitar shop heard me playing lap slide and suggested (quite forcefully!) that I buy everything he 's released. He set me on what I believe will be a lifelong journey appreciating the nuances of all that is Kelly joe.This album is a rarity. It is a pleasant change from his past releases in that it releases some of his remarkable improvisational style on a CD (as those of you who have seen him perform live will attest, he never plays the same version twice) and doesn't stop to take a breath. The band version of Beggar's Oil (a song I've been practicing non-stop since I first heard it) borders on funky and Don Quixote's Windmill is my new favorite tune. If I Prove False to Thee (or, The Lass of Loch Royale, if you prefer) is a song he's played live at most of his recent performances and, apart from a less-than-perfect sound quality, is mesmerizing in its simple beauty. Of course, there is little that can dissuade me from loving everything this man has produced so my opinion may be somewhat biased, but this EP makes up for the fact that he released a non-lap-slide CD a few long months ago. Whatever he plays is gold and you can rest assured that this is a perfect nightcap to Sky Like A Broken Clock.Buy this immediately - you will NOT be disappointed."