Robben Ford Supernatural
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- Released: June 29, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Blue Thumb
Living Blues - 1-2/00, p.101"...a guitar virtuoso to be reckoned with....[his] guitar playing is impeccable..."
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Personnel: Robben Ford (vocals, guitar); Michelle Richards, Denyse Buffum, Joel Derouin, Steve Richards (strings); David Woodford (saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet); Russell Ferrante (acoustic & electric pianos); Michael McDonald (piano, background vocals); Ricky Peterson (Hammond B-3 organ); Greg Kurstin (Moog & ARP synthesizers); Jimmy Earl (bass); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Luis Conte (percussion); Sweet Pea Atkinson, Kevin Sandbloom, Anne Kerry Ford, Julie Christensen, Perla Batalla, David Batteau (background vocals).
Principally recorded at Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, California.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Robben Ford (vocals, guitar); Michele Richards, Joel Derouin, Steve Richards , Denyse Buffum (strings); David Woodford (saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet); Russell Ferrante (piano, electric piano); Michael McDonald (piano, background vocals); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Luis Conte (percussion); David Batteau , Julie Christensen, Kevin Sandbloom, Perla Batalla, Anne Kerry Ford, Sweet Pea Atkinson (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Susan Rogers.
Recording information: Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village, CA; Doug Messenger's, Noho, CA; Encore Studios, Burbank, CA; Mitchell Du Frene Studios, Ojai, CA; Sunset Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Hook, North Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Henry Diltz.
Arranger: Robben Ford.
While his refined talent remains consistent, each of Robben Ford's albums are separate entities all their own. SUPERNATURAL is the guitarist's boldest venture into what can only be described as blue-eyed soul--craftily written songs that reflect Ford's blues roots, but with a sleek R&B sheen that comes across like fine satin. His guitar playing is superb, as usual; wailing, passionate solos are a result of Ford's extensive apprenticeship with many blues masters while in his teens. It is Ford's light, clear vocal style that gets the most attention, as he assumes the role of a pop songster with a soulful bent. With the help of top-flight studio players like Vinnie Colaiuta, Jimmy Earl, Russell Ferrante and Luis Conte, Ford's efforts reveal him to be an honest spokesman for quality adult-contemporary songs that aren't afraid to push the artistic envelope just a wee bit. Highlights of the disc include the gospel-flavored "Water For The Wicked," the funky "Nothing For Nobody," the acoustic ballad "If" and Paul Butterfield's "Lovin' Cup."
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