CD Hollywood Fats Band (CD 898688), Audio Other
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Hollywood Fats Band

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1035

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel includes: Hollywood Fats (guitar); Larry Taylor (bass).
    Personnel: Hollywood Fats (guitar); Al Blake (vocals, harmonica); Freddie Kaplan (piano); Larry Taylor (acoustic & electric basses); Richard Innes (drums).
    Recorded at Ted Brinson Studio, Los Angeles, California in 1979.
    The Hollywood Fats Band's self-titled (and only) LP from 1979 (on PBT International -- long a collector's item) could be either lauded for being incredibly authentic or knocked for being a bit apish -- were it not for the level of musicianship from Mike "Fats" Mann on guitar, Al Blake on harp, Fred Kaplan on piano, Richard Innes on drums, and Canned Heat's Larry Taylor on upright bass. Great ensemble groove, although the excitement Fats could generate live never really translated to the studio. ~ Dan Forte

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (2/94, p.59) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...the late West Coast guitarist was a powerhouse whose prodigious technique was as gripping as his genuineness of expression. ROCK THIS HOUSE, cut in 1979...offers a 17 song primer on how to render shades of pleasure and hurt without indulging in overwrought feeling..."
    Living Blues (7-8/02, p.70) - "...A welcome reissue...his reverb-laden guitar playing still sounds exquisite today..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.101) - "...His recorded legacy reveals a guitarist who confidently straddled the blues styles of California and Chicago, and a band that rode a pillion with equal assurance..."
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