Sugar Ray & The Bluetones: Sugar Ray Norcia (vocals, harmonica); Monster Mike Welch (guitar); Michael Mudcat Ward (acoustic & electric bass); Neil Gouvin (drums).
Additional personnel: Anthony Geraci (piano, Hammond B-3 organ.
Recorded at My Generation, Somerville, Massachussetts.
Sugar Ray Norcia has a burnished and warm quality to his voice that's ideally suited to the laid-back and rockin' blues featured on Sugar Ray & the Bluetones Featuring Monster Mike Welch. In fact, the whole band sounds steeped in Hennessy and tradition. This includes guest Welch, whose work on his mid-tempo original "Get Over Me" proves how close he is to matching the quality of B.B. King and Jimmie Vaughan. As a whole, the album is a tasty affair moving deftly from interesting standards such as the Norcia harmonica-driven "And the Angels Sing" to the torrid balladry of "Love and Trouble." This is easily one of Sugar Ray's best efforts. ~ Matt Collar