Andre Williams The Black Godfather
- Released: April 10, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: In The Red Records
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Personnel includes: Andre Williams (vocals); Steve Mackay (saxophone); Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Countdowns, The Dirtbombs, The Compulsive Gamblers, Cheater Slicks.
Engineers include: Mick Collins, Mike McHugh, Scott Waters.
Recorded at The Distillery, Costa Mesa, California and Ghetto Records, Detroit, Michigan.
Personnel: Andre Williams (vocals); Jon Spencer (vocals, guitar); Russell Simins (vocals, drums); Dave Shannon, Tom Shannon, Greg Oblivian, Brian Waters, Judah Bauer (guitar); Steve MacKay (saxophone); Craig Waters, Ewolf, Dana Hatch, Jack Oblivian & Impala, Patrick Pantano (drums); The Compulsive Gamblers, The Dirtbombs (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Mike McHugh.
Recording information: Chillocothe, OH; Ghetto Recorders, Detroit, MI; The Distillary, Costa Mesa, CA.
Photographers: Devil Jones; Jimmy Hole.
A crazed, dirty, raw blend of blues, funk, soul, and gritty garage rock, THE BLACK GODFATHER finds the eternally eccentric R&B wildman Andre Williams at his most intense. Backed by a cast of characters that includes appropriately scrappy rockers like Dirtbombs leader Mick Collins (who also produced the album) and Jon Spencer, Williams generates a towering, unhinged wail that's easily the equal of the raucous din created by the aforementioned axemeisters.
From the James Brown-meets-Captain Beefheart freak-funk of the title track to the trashy, in-your-face surf/garage-rock stomp of the gloriously sleazy "Whip the Booty" and the Tom Waits-goes-to-Memphis soul-blues of "Nasty Women," this is Williams at his loosest and toughest simultaneously, pushing it to the limit and well beyond. And that's not even mentioning the insane, psychedelic-tinged, extended version of the Cramps' mind-bending classic "I Cant Find My Mind" that closes out the album. Even by Williams's standards, it's a pretty twisted affair.
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