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Nine Lives * [Little Charlie & the Nightcats]

  • 1. Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
    2. Handle With Care
    3. So Good
    4. Got to Have a Job
    5. Circling the Drain
    6. Don't Cha Do Nothin'
    7. Cool Johnny Twist
    8. Tag (You're It)
    9. Quittin' Time
    10. Deep Pockets
    11. Wall to Wall
    12. Sugar Daddy Sweet
    13. Slap Happy
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4902

  • Credits

    Little Charlie & the Nightcats: Rick Estrin (vocals, harp); J. Hansen (vocals, drums, percussion); Little Charlie Baty (guitar); Lorenzo Farrell (bass instrument).
    Additional personnel: Rusty Zinn, Ronnie James Weber, George Zinn, R.H. Hairless (vocals); John Firmin (tenor saxophone); Scott Petersen (baritone saxophone); Chris Sherbert (piano).
    Nine Lives is Little Charlie & the Nightcats' tenth album (counting a live one and a best-of) for Alligator Records. Guitarist Charlie Baty, Rick Estrin on harmonica, and a new rhythm section of J. Hansen on drums and Lorenzo Farrell on bass are all solid, road-tested professionals, capable of delivering blisteringly heavy instrumentals like the one that closes this album ("Slap Happy" is easily the best track here). The strong playing would have been enhanced by a fresh vision and some variations on the prevailing theme of a hard-working, hard-drinking simple man who has trouble with women, spends (or loses) all of his money, and seems generally amazed at it all. Everything here sounds fine, however. ~ Steve Leggett

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "NINE LIVES flares up with spirit and creativity, musical and emotional intelligence."
    Living Blues (pp.58-59) - "The thirteen originals range from silly to sophisticated to sublime....Their trademark humorous lyrics abound."
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