Johnny Adams Room With a View of the Blues
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- Released: January 20, 1988
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Rounder / Umgd
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Personnel: Johnny Adams (vocals); Walter "Wolfman" Washington,
Duke Robillard (guitar); Bill "Foots" Samuel (alto, tenor & baritone saxophone); Alvin "Red" Tyler (tenor saxophone); Terry Tullos (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ernie Gautreau (valve trombone); Dr. John (keyboards), David Barard (bass); Herman Ernest III (drums).
Recorded at Southlake Recording Studio, Metairie, Louisiana in April & May 1987. Includes liner notes by John Morthland.
As the title suggests, this is one of the Tan Canary's most blues-oriented albums. With a crack backing band led by long-time collaborator and fellow New Orleans legend Dr. John, Adams tackles, among other gems, a bunch of classic songs by Percy Mayfield, including serenely swinging versions of "Not Trustworthy" and "The Hunt is On," (the latter featuring one of Adams' trademark mouth trombone solos). He also completely takes over two songs associated with Gladys Knight ("Neither One of Us Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye" and "I Don't Want to Do Wrong") and has a great good time with the double entendres of Doc Pomus' "Body and Fender Man" ("Let me hammer out your dents," the singer suggests considerately). But the album's highpoints are "Wish I'd Never Loved You At All," a broken-hearted example of Southern soul at its deepest, and the album's vocal tour de force, "A World I Never Made." On tracks like these, Adams can convince you that he's the most emotionally expressive person who's ever breathed.
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