Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Area Code 615 “Area Code 615″

Area Code 615

Area Code 615
( LP Polydor Records, 1969 )
Catalog # Polydor 244002

Tracklisting:
01.Southern Comfort
02.I’ve Been Loving You
03.Hey Jude
04.Nashville 9 – NY 1
05.Lady Madonna
06.Ruby
07.Crazy Arms/Get Back
08.Why Ask Why
09.Lil’ Maggie
10.Classical Gas
11.Just Like a Woman

Review:
This is a legendary record recorded by a legendary group of musicians. Area Code 615 was, as the name implies, the location of Cinderella Studios in Nashville (Madison, to be exact). The session players who recorded there are some of the greatest unsung heroes in popular music: Weldon Myrick (pedal steel), Bobby Thompson (banjo), Buddy Spicher (fiddle), Mac Gayden and Wayne Moss (lead guitar), Charlie McCoy (harp), Ken Buttrey (drums), David Briggs (piano), and Norman Putnam (bass). These players performed miracles on hundreds of records, including those by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, the Beau Brummels, Ian & Sylvia, and countless others. This, their “group” debut, is a timeless excursion into all forms of music. The record contains a lot (for then) of contemporary covers, such as an awe-inspiring version of “Hey Jude” that, in some ways, builds in intensity as much as the Beatles’ version. It’s soul, rock, and country at its finest, and ironically sounds as though it was a possible blueprint for Joe Cocker/Leon Russell’s Mad Dogs & Englishmen project. Aside from the general power and groove, all of the solos are spectacular, especially Charlie McCoy and Mac Gayden’s performances on “Nashville 9 – NY 1.” Gayden is particularly impressive, often sounding like a visiting Eric Clapton in 1969. It’s that good. Buttrey and Putnam, though, are the real stars here, laying down the most solid, knee-deep funk and soul that you will ever hear. Absolutely awesome. Friends, this is one stone gas.
From AMG

By Celo

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