Submitted by Vulpes Vulpes on 27 April 2013 - 3:06pm
What's it called?:
Hidden Masters 6 CD Set
What does it sound like?:
In these days of retrospective worship for many of the old-school blue eyed soul and country rock artists basking in the rediscovered Americana glow of recent years, it's hard, upon encountering an artist who excels in that sphere, who can also belt out a great pop-psyche ditty, and casually carries muscular rock singing proudly into "hear every syllable" territory, to fathom his relative obscurity amongst today's musical enthusiasts. If you got to the end of that sentence you'll know that I think Jess Roden will be a true revelation to many who hear his work for the first time following the release of this outstanding retrospective set. The breadth of musicians scattered across these six discs is astonishing; Art Neville, Robbie Kreiger, John Densmore, Alan Toussaint, Paul Kossoff, Jaki Whitren, and the list goes on. If you appreciate finely sung, beautifully played rock and soul, and if you love to hear a band playing live who really have a groove, get this and wallow in it.
What does it all *mean*?:
It means that thankfully there is a wealth of recorded music out there that relatively few of us have heard but which deserves a new audience to appreciate it, and it's not yet lost to the world while projects like this exist. Fill yer boots!
Goes well with …:
Single malts, good reds, good friends, low lights, long drives, lazy afternoons, early hours and slow baths. Not necessarily all at the same time.
Might suit people who like …:
Boz Scaggs, Robert Palmer, Free, Garland Jeffreys, The Eagles, Ry Cooder, Lowell George, The Meters, The Isleys, Elton John, Crosby, Stills & Nash.