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All The Way LIVE by Vinyl

It's becoming increasingly difficult to classify and categorize music these days, and I say, "Yes!" to that. This is because many of today's musicians are refusing to be placed conveniently into a pre-existing category or genre. What happens when the band just wants to show up and JAM? According to Vinyl, you get it ALL THE WAY LIVE.

This group of Bay area musicians delivers a blend of music that defies traditional description. If category is your thing, sorry. You'll have to settle for variety, when it comes to Vinyl's music. Not just funky, but "old school" funky, latin percussion, reggae, and even some rap vocals come included in this explosive 2 CD package, which covers two evenings of Vinyl, getting down in whatever manner they see fit.

My best advice to you, if you have an opportunity to see these cats play live: Get there early. Have a couple shots of tequila, and get ready to have a good time. Performers and entertainers frequently face the necessity to reinvent themselves. This band comes pre-reinvented, so forget about what you might expect. Whether you get to see them perform live or just listen to the CD, get ready to surrender.

Remember Tower of Power? Earth, Wind, & Fire's Live album, Gratitude? Mother's Finest? Mandrill? Graham Central Station? Sly and the Family Stone? It seems that Vinyl sure does, because they've taken several pages out of history and created a sound and, perhaps, even a movement of their very own. People are still trying to figure out what the aforementioned bands were doing and how to classify them. We should enjoy for years to come the challenge of discovering what to do with Vinyl. My suggestion: Just let the band play. And, while you're doing that, figure this one out: Whedawedat.

Can't wait to share this one with my friends and listening audience.

Recommended: For people who love good music, period.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Vinyl
  • CD Title: All The Way LIVE
  • Genre: World Music
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: In The Pocket Records
  • Tracks: Lasiti, Mokpok, Things I Could Do, Wax, Turtle, In The Basement, Mascebollas, Truth & Rights, Sang, Moonshine Heather, C.I.B., Whedawedat, Azwa, Sofrito, Wilderbeest, Mole Rat, Animal 57, Skumbo, Sure Nuff Sure 'Nuff
  • Musicians: Billy Frates (guitar), Geoff Vaughan (bass), Johnny Durkin (percussion), Jonathan Korty (Hammond Organ/Keys/Harp), Alexis Razon (drums), Danny Cao (trumpet), Dough Thomas (saxophone/flute), Guests: Bernie Worrell, Huey Lewis, Rob Wasserman, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Terry Haggerty.
  • Rating: Four Stars
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