"IT NEVER WENT AWAY"
Michael G. Batcho | McAdoo, PA (USA) | 02/14/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Paul Butterfield - an experience you'll never forget. This aalbum, "It All Comes Back" together with it's predecessor, "Better Days" form a unity. If you bet one, definitely get the other. They compliment and complete each other. On "It All Comes back" the Paul Butterfield magic just grabs you by your ears and pulls you deep down into the feel and the miracle of his music. From "If You Live" to "It All Come Back" you can just feel the emotion and the electricity of this super band of musicians. They don't just "feel" the music of these blues . . .and they don't just "play" the music of these blues . . .but they bring that experience right into your soul. You just know the music and you become "one".
My favorite track on this album is, "Small Town Talk". It is a song of assurance and consolation that the small minded talk of small minded people doesn't really matter. "Don't pay it any mind", the song teaches, "it's just small town talk, don't listen to a word they're sayin'"! Amazing, nothing in the world or in life is that different today . . .whether in a metropolitan city or a small-town -- the talk is the same and is just as irrelevant to your life. Just keep on doin' what you know is right and ignore the empty hollow words of crisicisms. I love this song and would buy the album just for this song alone. But the rest of the album (and the rest of "Better Days as well) is more than worth buying and owning and listening to over and over again.
I miss Paul Butterfield . . . and I thank him for the music he left behind for us . . . it will last a long long time."
David M. Juhl | Momence, IL | 06/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My brother owns the vinyl copy of "It All Comes Back". He played it so much over the years he literally WORE THE GROOVES OFF THE RECORD. So I bought him the CD. I bought one for me too as I have fond memories of listening to the record.The whole thing rocks from the get-go. From the opening howl of Butterfield's trademark harp, to Amos Garrett's outstanding slide work, to the rock-solid rhythm section, to the fun beat of the title track, this record is absolutely brilliant stuff.I like it all. Especially great is Ronnie Barron's vocals on "It's Getting Harder to Survive" and "Louisiana Flood". Bobby Charles lends a hand with vocals on "Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It".Thankfully you will not wear out the grooves on the CD. I "rediscovered" this CD after not listening to it for 3 years. I have a whole new respect for this album. Buy it, even if you are not a big fan of the blues. It's good music!"