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Monday, November 21, 2011

Landslide Records artist: Sean Costello - At His Best Live - New release review

I just received the new release of Sean Costello's unreleased live music recorded live in the US and Europe between 2000 and 2007. This first ever completely live album by Costello includes 11 tracks which have not been included on any of his prior releases.
This release is particularly strong and reminds us just how great a musician Sean was before his untimely death in April of 2008.
This release runs the gamut of blues styles displayed by Costello from the shuffling sound and rhythmic syncopation of T-bone Walker on "Blue Shadows" and articulation of Gatemouth Brown on Lowell Fulsoms "Reconsider Baby" or the "The Humbuckle". He also demonstrates further his diversity on jazzed/funked up soul tunes "Check it Out" and "Change My Mind". He demonstrates his renown feel on "All Your Love" and Jonnie Taylor's "Doin' My Own Thing". A few times throughout the recording I detected a deep raspiness in his voice that I don't recall hearing before.

The entire recording is very strong but you have to hold on during "Motorhead Baby" cause the soloing is outrageous.

A great ending selected for the recording is "Lucille"... Little Richard's landmark song. This is one you can't miss! It it doesn't get you're dead!!!

A portion of the royalties from the sale of this "At His Best Live" will benefit the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bi-Polar Research.
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