Soul Shot

Soul Shot

by Curtis SalgadoCurtis Salgado


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Some well documented and extremely serious health issues might have slowed journeyman soul singer/harpist Curtis Salgado down for a while, but 2008's Clean Getaway was proof that he had bounced back with little audible change in energy or intensity. Perhaps the near death experience even added some urgency and edge to a soul man who never really lacked for either. Salgado must have been (rightly) pleased with the results of that recording, because he calls many of the same players to assist on the follow-up four years later. Drummer/co-producer Tony Braunagel gets the sound right, with dollops of horns and fellow Phantom Blues Band member Mike Finnegan's organ prominent in the mix. It's perhaps a little slick in places but Salgado is never less than totally committed to the material which, with seven covers -- most relatively obscure -- and four originals, is uniformly top shelf. He digs down to unearth "Baby, Let Me Take You in My Arms," a lost gem from the Detroit Emeralds and Johnny Guitar Watson's ballad "Strung Out," a deep album track. Any soul singer who even attempts an Otis Redding tune better have the goods, but Salgado belts out the Big O's "Love Man," keeping the greasy groove and boasting all the confidence and swagger the lyrics convey. Despite being a terrific harp player, the frontman generally features his talents on it only a few times per album. On this one it's for his "She Didn't Cut Me Loose," a bubbling slice of Watson-style funk, complete with timbales, that hits a bubbly groove and rides it for four glorious minutes you wish would go on twice as long. He also rescues George Clinton's little remembered "Gettin' to Know You" from Parliament's 1976's nearly forgotten The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein. It's a terrific find and perfect for Salgado to transform into a peppy R&B scorcher, helped by gospel backing vocals and his Paul Butterfield-styled harp solo. Speaking of church, the album-closing "A Woman or the Blues" brings the religion that's always close to the surface in Salgado's approach. It's featured here in a rollicking burner that wraps this terrific set in an upbeat, animated performance that, like the best albums, leaves you wanting more.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2012
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551494720
catalogNumber: 4947
Rank: 49694

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Curtis Salgado   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Finnigan   Organ
Marlon McClain   Guitar,Harmonica
Tony Braunagel   Drums
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Kurt Clayton   Clavinet
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet
Archie Love   Background Vocals
Nathaniel Phillips   Bass
Johnny Lee Schell   Guitar,Background Vocals
Joe Sublett   Saxophone
Larry Fulcher   Bass
Margaret Linn   Background Vocals
Franck Goldwasser   Guitar
LaRhonda Steele   Background Vocals
Jim Pugh   Piano
Sean Holmes   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Otis Redding   Composer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Marlon McClain   Composer,Producer
Tony Braunagel   Producer
Darryl Carter   Composer
Dennis Carter   Engineer
George Clinton   Composer
Allan Felder   Composer
Charles Hodges   Composer
Darrell Leonard   Horn Arrangements
Archie Love   Vocal Arrangements
Kevin McKendree   Composer
Curtis Salgado   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Johnny Lee Schell   Engineer
Garry Shider   Composer
Dick Shurman   Liner Notes
Johnny "Guitar" Watson   Composer
David Sanders   Composer
Abrim Tilmon   Composer
Walter Sigler   Composer
David Mills   Horn Arrangements
Michael Trossman   Logo
Rusty Hall   Composer
Margaret Linn   Vocal Arrangements
David Duncan   Composer
Shane Tappendorf   Management

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