SUGAR IS SWEET
Unlucky Frank | Lalaland, CA United States | 09/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"SUGAR is sweet, but not as sweet as this!! This is my favorite Leon Redbone recording. I like this one just a little bit better than ON THE TRACKS, which most of his fans consider his best work. Maybe because it's new to me. If you're new to Leon you might want to start with ON THE TRACKS. If you're already a fan and don't have this, you don't know what you're missing.
This is sweet sweet Jazz music. Crooning New Orleans' Jazz Ballads and Mississippi Delta Blues is Redbone's signature style. Stand out tracks include: the spooky haunted house jive of GHOST OF THE ST. LOUIS BLUES. The beautiful lakeside croon of PRETTY BABY and WHEN I TAKE MY SUGAR TO TEA, the crazy mad cackle of LAUGHIN' BLUES, a strange Orleans Marching song called WHISTLING COLONEL complete with Leon's wonderous songbird whistle jam with a piccolo, and of course you get his soft signature yodel.
This recording is unusual in that it has a good many Orleans Jazz instrumentals without Leon singing vocals. More than I was expecting the first time I heard this. This may suprise some fans who are looking for more Leon Redbone to add to their collection. But don't let that fool you. This is a great recording. JAZZ FANS TAKE NOTE: This is one of the best modern recordings of a dying art form. This is New Orleans Jazz at it's finest. And some fine crooning to boot. No one sings quite like Leon Redbone. And I mean, NO ONE. If you have eclectic taste in music, you must have this.
A HOST OF LEON REDBONE'S FINEST RECORDING HAVE JUST BEEN RE-ISSUED BY ROUNDER. GET YOURS BEFORE THEY DISAPPEAR AGAIN. YOU WON'T BE SORRY. I also recommend UP A LAZY RIVER, RED TO BLUE, ANYTIME, ON THE TRACKS, DOUBLE TIME, FROM BRANCH TO BRANCH, and CHAMPAGNE CHARLIE. ENJOY."
John W. Redding | australia | 06/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"the slower numbers on this disc make excellent late night listening with the volume turned up and a glass of port beside the open fire."