A Review of the Vance Gilbert CD
"angels castles covers"
"angels castles covers"
by Vance Gilbert
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.
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
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.
- Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing (3:14)
- It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference (4:23)
- I'm So Tired of Being Alone (3:27)
- Rainy Night in Georgia (4:23)
- A Change is Gonna Come (4:07)
- Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) (4:44)
- Save the Last Dance for Me (6:19)
- A Case of You (4:59)
- Castles Made of Sand (3:43)
- Cry Like an Angel (4:01)
- Heaven Help Us All (3:07)
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