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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Blues Leaf Records artist:Albert Castiglia - Living The Dream - New Release Review

Got a copy of Living The Dream, the new release from Albert Castiglia and it appears that come Jume 12th, Albert may be! His new CD is really strong. It opens with the title track, Living The Dream, which is a funky blues track geared toward airplay but with plenty of hot guitar riffs. The Man, is a cool Latin Rhythm blues track which of course sets up nicely for Castiglia to demonstrate his guitar prowess. Freddie King's Freddie's Boogie is just a flat out guitar boogie in the likes of that little old band from Texas ...what's not to like. Public Enemy #9 is a blues rocker with some incredibly hot slide work... I mean hot! Paul Butterfield's Loving Cup gets a update treatment with Sandy Mack blowing harp and Castiglia runs some hot licks throughout the track. Did I mention he can sing. Oh Yeah. Castiglia has a really strong voice. Fat Cat is a really hot instrumental in the jump blues style and one of my favorite tracks on the release. Everyone in the band gets a whack at showing their chops. The band includes Bob Amsel on drums, A.J. Kelly on bass and features special guests John Ginty on keys, Mack on harp Juke Joint Johnny Rizzo on acoustic slide and Emedin Rivera on percussion. Walk The Backstreets is a slow contemporary blues track and sets Castiglia on a large romp of the fretboard. This is a track that is sure to please most any blues or guitar enthusiast that listens to it. This band is tight and the flames are flying. Very rippin! The release is concluded with Mose Allisons Parchment Farm. My first couple of times through the CD this track didn't strike me but I have listened to it more I have found it more and more attractive. It has always been a strong track but Castiglia really gives it a pretty good workout and it's a hot track. I think I can easily say that this is a really strong CD and that it will be very well received.
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