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Georgia-born Frank is one of the best blues and soul singers around these days, having started out as a teenager as driver and sometimes opening act for Otis Redding for several years (billed as "Frank Bass")– his roots are obviously in the gospel music he sang as a youngster. He stopped singing for 17 years, but the albums he has made since his comeback have all justifiably been highly praised. With a bit of luck – and perhaps thanks to producer/ drummer Tom Hambridge’s name prominent on the sleeve – this could be the one to bust him out into the (relatively) big-time blues scene.
This is a set that just oozes the kind of class that comes along rarely these days, whether he is taking on the blues such as the classic shuffle of the title track, the Stax-ish, Alberts King and Collins styled ‘Give It To Get It’, and the excellent slow blues of ‘Yesterday’s Dreams’, or evoking Mr. Redding as on ‘The Half Of It’ – but Frank has a voice of his own, as you can hear even on a rare cover like his version of Mighty Sam McClain’s tough ‘Where You Been So Long’. The accompanists are hand-picked for each track, though with guitarist Rob McNelly (an ever-present, along with Tom Hambridge) outstanding on the eclectic range of material and the occasional horn work by saxophonist Max Abrams and trumpeter Julio (that’s the full credit) supplying that soul feel whenever they crop up. Very highly recommended to lovers of the modern blues.
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