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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

SSR Free Roll Records artist: Jack Mack & The Heart Attack - Live from Centennial Park, Atlanta 1996 - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Live From Centennial Park, Atlanta 1996 by Jack Mack & the Heart Attack and it's a great party. Opening with More Soul, a cool funky, organ infused track with punchy horns, Jack Mack is live! Hi stepping Breakin' Down The Wall, has solid lead vocals by TC Moses and Tim Scott who also plays bass, Andrew Kastner on guitar, Bill Bergman on tenor sax, John Paruolo on B3, Lester Lovitt on trumpet and Alvino Bennett on drums. Strong melody and vocal harmonies over a great bass line and a super rhythm guitar make this a great party track. Staples Singers' hit, I'll Take You There has a great groove and sets up nicely for the Heart Attack with it's fluid funky bass line, tight horn riffs and soulful vocals. Very cool. Another treat is one of my favorites, a cover of James Brown's Sex Machine. Let's face it, nobody's James Brown, but these guys do lay down a super groove for over 5 minutes, they do have super horns (check Bergman's sax solo) and Bennett's drum work is perfect. Bringing one of their top hits, the Heart Attack brings ultra funky, horn track, Livin' It Up which is a great lead into a super cover of Al Green's, Take Me To The River and then a TWELVE MINUTE, Sly and the Family Stone Medley including Sing A Simple Song, Stand, Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin), I Want to Take You Higher pumping out more energy and at a faster tempo as they roll . It's not every band that can pull this off but Jack Mack can! Excellent! Wrapping the release is I Walk Alone, a solid radio track with soulful vocals. This is a super release with a lot of energy. 

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