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the previous two discs were steeped in Soul, Long Time Thing sidesteps
into the Blues. 5 of the 16 originals feature Michael B. Nelson’s
big band arrangements and 10 horns. Former Goldwax/Checker vocalist
Willie Walker makes this a soulful Blues CD.
Special guests include 3 additional Hornheads, Bruce McCabe on various
keyboards, Big George Jackson on harp and jazz pianist Mary Louise
Knutson swinging hard on the title track.
‘How Long You Think You Got?’ was originally
penned for a Bonnie Raitt project, it didn’t make the final
cut, however with Obeda playing his trademark beer bottle slide and
the backing femmes chanting the hook line, Willie does a super job
on this deep soul number, it deserves to achieve classic status!
why Willie Walker has not got a huge reputation is one of life’s
mysteries, he really is a elegant vocalist capable of delivering the
goods on timeless soul classics or punchy blues, ‘Long Time
Thing’ comes strongly recommended to soul fans everywhere. I
guarantee if this is your intro to his vocalising you will be seeking
out his previous releases pronto, and that’s the truth partner.
Wight - Blues & Rhythm magazine (UK)
To bring these compositions to life, Obeda found the
ideal interpreter in the person of Willie Walker. His voice has that
warmth, this density that makes it appear to contact each of us in
particular. One thinks of Bobby Bland, James Carr, the greatest stylists
of Southern soul. Willie Walker clearly belongs in this category.
PÉRIN - Soul Bag magazine (FR)
(roughly translated: 5 of 5 stars, outstanding...OUT
Bag magazine (FR)
In this age of synthesized and formulaic music with
false facade talents, it’s always a pleasure to hear strong
singing backed by real live musicians, and that’s why this “real
thing” CD is worth supporting.
Suosalo - Soul Express (FI)