Coco Montoya Gotta Mind to Travel (2-CD)
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- Released: April 15, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Blind Pig
Down Beat - 9/95, p.473.5 Stars - Good/Very Good - "...Montoya's lean-and-mean guitar tone carries echoes of the icy sustain and straight-razor edge of the Master of the Telecaster [Albert Collins], but the sound's all his..."
Living Blues - 9-10/95, p.104"...[Albert] Collins' influence is evident in Montoya's guitar style, his choice of material, and the arrangements....An excellent initial outing."
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Personnel includes: Coco Montoya, Albert Collins (guitar); Debbie Davies (guitar, background vocals); Mike Finnegan, Al Kooper (Hammond B-3 organ); John Mayall.
Personnel: Coco Montoya (vocals, guitar); Debbie Davies (vocals, guitar, background vocals); John Mayall (vocals, harmonica, piano); Darrell Leonard, Joe Sublett (horns); Benny Yee (piano, organ); Rob Rio (piano); Al Kooper, Mike Finnegan (organ); Mark Williams (drums, percussion); Richie Hayward, Joe Yuele (drums); Keillie Rucker (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jay Baumgardner; Albert Molinaro.
Liner Note Author: Scott Yanow.
Recording information: North Hollywood, CA; NRG Records, North Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Mike Cruz .
Years of apprenticeship with Albert Collins and John Mayall paid off handsomely for Montoya on this debut effort. Even with help from some famous friends (Debbie Davies, Al Kooper, Richie Hayward [Little Feat], and both former employers), Montoya asserts himself as the focal point. Sadly, this was one of Collins' last studio appearances before his death, playing on the Lowell Fulson-penned "Talking Woman Blues" (commonly known as "Honey Hush"). Although Montoya showcases his massive guitar muscle, it is merely a fraction of the power of his live performances. ~ Char Ham
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