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Flash Forward

  • 1. Afraid of Love
    2. Deja Vous
    3. Going Back to Alabama
    4. Underqualified Blues, The
    5. Krazy
    6. Can't Stop
    7. On the Road
    8. Twisted
    9. Rumors of Long Tall Sally
    10. Hey Leviticus
    11. Sweet Liz
    12. Pauline
    13. Stormy Weather Love
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4906

  • Credits
    ProducerCorky Siegel; Ken Goerres; Holly Tucker Siegel; Corky Siegel; Holly Siegel
    EngineerCorky Siegel; Ken Goerres; Holly Tucker Siegel

    Siegel-Schwall Band: Jim Schwall (vocals, guitar); Rollo Radford (bass guitar); Corky Siegel, Sam Lay.
    Personnel: Jim Schwall (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, mandolin, accordion, background vocals); Sam Lay (vocals, guitar, drums); Corky Siegel (vocals, harmonica, piano, background vocals); Rollo Radford (vocals, upright bass, electric bass, background vocals); Marcy Levy (background vocals).
    Additional personnel: Marcy Levy.
    Audio Mixer: Ken Goerres.
    Liner Note Author: Corky Siegel.
    Recording information: Clark Street Cafe, Stevens Point, WI; Gator Tracks, Chicago, IL; Saturn Productions, Chicago, IL.
    Photographer: Paul Natkin.
    Thirty years after their last full-length studio effort, and nearly 40 years since they released their debut album in 1966, the Siegel-Schwall Band is back with Flash Forward, a delightful little folk-blues outing that is refreshing both for its sense of humor and its breezy, lighter-than-air ensemble playing. Not that they're doing anything new here, but the contemporary blues scene is so full of hot-shot players, each one trying to be heavier than the next, that Siegel-Schwall's brand of easygoing, good-natured blues sounds downright radical by comparison. Sporting a longtime lineup of Corky Siegel on harmonica and Jim Schwall on guitar and mandolin, with a crackerjack rhythm section of Rollo Radford on bass and the legendary Sam Lay on drums, the band sounds like it had a blast recording these songs, and although it seems odd to call a blues album joyful, that's exactly what Flash Forward is. Highlights include Siegel's "Afraid of Love" (with the wonderful chorus "I'm afraid of love, but only a little afraid of you"), Lay's laconic "Going Back to Alabama," and Radford's absolutely loopy "Krazy." Who would have thought, out of all the blues bands that formed in Chicago in the 1960s, that it would be the Siegel-Schwall Band left still standing and making lively music 40-some years later? And judging from this album, they're still having a hoot doing it. ~ Steve Leggett

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.86) - "The playing is solid and true, with Lay and Radford providing a steady beat....The songs are all sharp and well done..."
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