My Secret Life
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- Released: May 11, 2004
- Label: Hunter
Mojo (Publisher) - p.983 stars out of 5 - "Burdon growls convincingly through the swampy miasma of 'The Secret,' evokes the folk-blues of his days in The Animals with 'Factory Girls,' and brilliantly re-interprets the Talking Heads' classic 'Heaven'..."
- 1.Once Upon a Time
- 2.Motorcycle Girl
- 3.Over the Border
- 4.The Secret
- 5.Factory Girl
- 6.Highway 62
- 8.Black and White World
- 10.Devil Slide
- 11.Broken Records
- 12.Can't Kill the Boogieman
- 13.My Secret Life
Personnel: Eric Burdon; Eric Rigler (whistle, Uilleann pipe); Nick Lane (trombone); Jon Cleary, Mike Finnigan (piano); Martin Gerschwitz (electric piano); Danny Timms (Hammond b-3 organ); Terry Wilson (bass guitar); Tony Braunagel (drums, percussion); Lenny Castro, Tony B! (percussion); Kudisan Kai, Gromyko Collins, Billy Trudell, Julie Delgado, Teresa James, Marlena Jeter (background vocals); Johnny Lee Schell (guitar, background vocals); Red Young (strings, piano, electric piano); Joe Sublett (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Darrell Leonard (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ivan Neville (piano, Clavinet, background vocals); Michito S nchez (percussion); Valerie Davis (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Ed Cherney .
Recording information: Ultratone Studios, Studio City, CA.
Photographers: Marita; J”rg Kyas.
My Secret Life consists of 13 tracks that form a loose song cycle revolving around Eric Burdon's love of American music, specifically R&B, soul, blues, and jazz. While that theme dominates the entire record it is especially true on the eight tunes penned or co-written by Burton. "Can't Kill the Boogieman" is a heartfelt tribute dedicated to John Lee Hooker featuring Burdon's cherished memories of the blues legend sung over the tune of Hooker's classic "Boogie Chillen." He also shades/characterizes such artists as Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Philly Joe Jones, Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Otis Redding, and Chet Baker with first person observations, a skill no doubt honed with a foray into writing his autobiography Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood: A Memoir. Burdon's voice is in fine shape, and he effortlessly jumps from soft spoken passages to his trademark blues grit that remains instantly recognizable from his days as vocalist of the Animals in the '60s. What really makes this effort stand out from previous solo albums is the music itself. Instead of relying on the vocals to carry the music, My Secret Life allows the music to flow with unrestrained character darting off in several eclectic directions. "Once Upon a Time" apes both the Band and Van Morrison circa 1970, "The Secret" has slight elements of world rhythms, "Factory Girl" and "Highway 62" are dominated by a snaky Memphis guitar reminiscent of Pops Staples, and "Black and White World" (not the Elvis Costello tune) combines a breezy Hammond B-3 organ penetrated by a hyper ska beat. This disc should please any Burdon or Animals fan, but, more importantly, it may gain him some new listeners as well. ~ Al Campbell
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