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The Best Kept Secret

  • 1. She Makes Me Want to Sing
    2. Who's Your Uncle?
    3. Back in Love Again
    4. Remark You Made, A
    5. Best Kept Secret, The
    6. Lil' Roro
    7. Swing Blues No. 1
    8. Snow's First Fall
    9. Ya Ya etc.
    10. U R My Flower
    11. Sir Aly B
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9847

  • Credits
    ProducerJerry Douglas
    EngineerJason Lehning; Avi Kipper

    Personnel: John Fogerty (vocals, guitar); Alison Krauss (vocals); Bill Frisell (guitar); Derek Trucks (slide guitar); Bla Fleck (banjo); Sam Bush (mandolin); Gabe Witcher (violin, Hammond b-3 organ); Jeff Coffin (saxophone); John Deaderick (Wurlitzer organ); Jim White (drums); Keith Sewell (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Derek Jones (acoustic bass); Shannon Forrest (drums, percussion).
    Additional personnel: John Deaderick (Wurlitzer piano); Viktor Krauss (bass guitar); Derek Trucks, John Fogerty, Jim White , Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Bla Fleck, Bill Frisell.
    Audio Mixer: Jason Lehning.
    Recording information: Cartee Day Studio; Sound Emporium Studios; Taylor Made Studio; The Squirrel Nest.
    Photographer: Jim Marchese.
    "She Makes Me Want to Sing," the opening track on Jerry Douglass's Best Kept Secret is nothing short of a shock to the system. For starters, Douglass's trademark dobro sound isn't present until nearly a minute in. Second there are twin dirty slide guitars by Keith Sewell and Derek Trucks' (Allman Brothers Band) wailing atop of a fat, fat ugly, nasty bass. It's a hard nasty boogie jam that could be on a Canned Heat album. Whoa. Some sanity returns as Sam Bush and Bela Fleck trade fours with Douglas on "Whose Your Uncle, where progressive stomping bluegrass breakdown takes back the order of the day. But the surprises just continue to mount as Allison Krauss takes the vocal chair on the electric funk jam "Back In Love Again." But it goes off the rails when Douglas and band cover Joe Zawinul's (Weather Report) beautiful ballad "A Remark You made. With Jerry playing the saxophone line on his dobro. It's gorgeous and off-kilter, added to with great depth and sensitivity by Derek Jones' bassline. Other guests on this wild set include Bill Frisell on "Lil Roro" and John Fogerty playing and singing on "Swing Blues No. 1." But it's more than just guests, Douglass's tunes' are in stunning form here, particularly the title track and "U R My Flower." In sum, this will surely piss some people off, but should turn the heads of many others in his direction. Adventure and reckless abandon are the order of the day here and best Kept Secret doesn't disappoint. ~ Thom Jurek

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.58) - "[I]t's an enjoyable album with lots of good lap steel and Dobro work."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.131) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The most enjoyable cut on offer is a funky workout on the Donna Summer hit 'Back In Love Again' with Alison Kraus. No secret really -- Douglas' dobro playing is as good as it gets."
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