Love to Beg

Love to Beg

by Dana FuchsDana Fuchs

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Dana Fuchs is a throwback to another time: the late '60s and early '70s, when blues-based shouters like Janis Joplin and Robert Plant (in a somewhat different style) were capturing the attention of a generation. Her debt to Joplin is unapologetic -- she starred in the off-Broadway musical Love, Janis -- and at times maybe a bit too slavish. That's not to say that she brings no other elements to her interpretation of blues and soul-rock styles, only that there are moments on Love to Beg when one might be forgiven for wondering why one would listen to Fuchs when Joplin recordings are still so easily available. At other moments, clear answers to that question present themselves immediately: Fuchs and her band do freight-train blues-rock as well as just about anyone alive (note in particular the unstoppable "Nothing's What I Cry For," which lacks only a melody, and "Faster Than We Can"), and can even create passable and thoroughly enjoyable variants on gospel rock (the wonderful "Summersong") and tender-but-gritty waltzes ("Keepsake," "Keep on Rollin'"). When she covers Otis Redding ("I've Been Loving You Too Long") she does it convincingly; when she simply rocks out ("Drive") she does it more convincingly still. When she reaches for high notes she regularly falls just a bit short, which is too bad -- passion counts for a lot, but pitch matters too. Overall, though, this is an impressive effort.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2011
Label: Ruf
UPC: 0710347116721
catalogNumber: 1167
Rank: 114491

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dana Fuchs   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kenny Aaronson   Bass
Clark Gayton   Trombone
Tim Ouimette   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Vivian Sessoms   Background Vocals
Jenny Douglas   Background Vocals
Glenn Patscha   Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
WhyNot Jansveld   Bass
Jon Diamond   Guitar,Harmonica
Craig Dreyer   Tenor Saxophone,Horn Engineer
Carter McLean   Drums
Dan Yeager   Trumpet
Rick Crisca   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Otis Redding   Composer
Kenny Aaronson   Producer
Vivian Sessoms   Vocal Arrangements
Dana Fuchs   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Jon Diamond   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Alison Roberto   Art Direction
Craig Dreyer   Horn Arrangements
Tim Halfield   Engineer
Karen Weiss   Cover Photo

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