A Review of the Vance Gilbert CD
"angels castles covers"

"angels castles covers"
by Vance Gilbert

Copyright 2006

This review is written by Kevin McCarthy, 7/06
"Kevin and Maxine’s Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews"
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Many performers, especially in their second set, take requests from audience members. Some of these are calls for 'covers' of songs written by or even performed by other artists. On their websites, many performers also post lists of their particular favorite artists and songs. Vance Gilbert's latest release is an amalgamation of both of these concepts: fan 'cover' requests plus some of Gilbert's personal favorites from other singers.

Very few of the offerings fall into the folk music classification, so don't necessarily approach this as a collection of 'folk-i-fied' songs from other genres--although some may argue that performing Jimi Hendrix's "Castles Made of Sand" on acoustic guitar certainly qualifies.

Songs associated with Stevie Wonder, Brook Benton, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Sam Cooke, Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin and others are presented here.

Gilbert has always possessed a voice capable of succeeding in just about any musical genre. And the key to this offering's success is putting this marvelous vocal talent front and center. Gilbert achieves this with his personal stylizations throughout the presentation. The songs become 'his.'

What worked the best? "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," "I'm So Tired of Being Alone," "A Change is Gonna Come," "Save the Last Dance for Me (slowed down from the original)," "A Case of You," the aforementioned "Castles Made of Sand" (Jimi would like it) and "Heaven Help Us All."

Besides Gilbert's vocalizations, a few of the songs include some unusual backings. "I'm So Tired of Being Alone" is primarily guitar-backed but also benefits from a mandolin, accordion and, yes, glockenspiel. "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" also has some mandolin touches.

Fans of Gilbert's voice, probably the best in the folk genre, will undoubtedly enjoy this release. Fans of plain 'ol enjoyable music, regardless of classification, will too.

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