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- Released: May 24, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Telarc
Down Beat - p.723 stars out of 5
- "Milton's 'The Blues Is My Companion' invites multiple plays for the deep ache in his voice and his guitar."
Dirty Linen - p.60
"All the years have honed his stylings and made him even more diverse without scattering his focus."
- 1.Gonna Find Me Somebody to Love
- 2.Let Your Love Rain Down on Me
- 3.The Blues Is My Companion
- 4.Something Wonderful
- 5.Gone With the Wind
- 6.I'll Be
- 7.Next to You
- 8.Think of Me (Thinking of You)
- 9.Reconsider Me
- 10.Second Hand Love
- 11.Feel Like a Man
- 12.That's Where It's At
Personnel: Little Milton (vocals, guitar); Peter Shoulder (guitar); Mark Sorrells (piano); Sally Tiven (bass instrument); Per Hanson, Billy Block, Chuck Burke (drums); Kenneth "Scat" Springs (background vocals); Jon Tiven (guitar, harmonica, percussion); Bruce Katz (organ); Ellis Hooks (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Lincoln Clapp.
Liner Note Author: Art Tipaldi.
Recording information: Big Ears Studios, Nashville, TN; Big Sound, Portland, ME; Hormone Studios, Nashville, TN; Little Hollywood Recording Studios, Nashville, TN.
Photographer: Jenny Bagert.
For his debut Telarc Blues release, Little Milton continues in the soul-blues vein he helped to popularize starting with his work for the Chess label in the mid-'60s. His impassioned vocals are as strong as ever with guitar chops to match. The 12 tracks that make up Think of Me could be likened to a classic Stax production sans the driving horn section. The first-rate work of organist Bruce Katz keeps the proceedings percolating through Little Milton's soul-blues base liberally mixed with flourishes of country music, swamp pop, R&B, and urban funk. Any fan of Little Milton's Malaco releases of the '80s and '90s will definitely want to add this to his collection. ~ Al Campbell