Tedeschi Trucks Band - Let Me Get By Let Me Get By / 2CD deluxe edition
Limited Editon Deluxe two CD version includes an eight-track bonus disc that features
live recordings as well as alternate mixes, early song takes and
additional studio material, an expanded booklet with exclusive studio
and live photos, and a custom-designed vintage amp box.
Let Me Get By is an album of firsts –
in addition to being the first TTB record Trucks produced on his own,
and the first on which he and Tedeschi wrote all the songs within the
TTB family, it’s Trucks’ first album since his 15-year run as a member
of the Allman Brothers concluded when the group disbanded last year. In
Trucks’ own words, "That’s what I hear in the music on this new album -
this feeling that we’re now putting 100% of what we have into this
band, not going back to anything else, everyone giving it their all.”
The songs are distinct for their communal nature, with each band
member contributing to the album’s varied and diverse sonic textures.
Opener "Anyhow” perfectly embodies the group’s newfound liberation; with
Tedeschi’s voice levitating above a symphony of towering horns and
Trucks’ inventive soaring slide guitar tones. Elsewhere, "Don’t Know
What It Means” serves up a funky church sermon, and "Crying Over You”
delivers a classic 70’s Philly soul throwback.
Combining inspired Memphis soul, electric rhythm & blues,
country, rock and classic song craft; TTB has captured the admiration of
both concert audiences and critics worldwide. Since their inception in
2010, TTB have seen both of their previous albums debut in the top 15 of
the Billboard Top 200 album chart, and won a GRAMMY for their debut
album Revelator, which was hailed by Rolling Stone as a "masterpiece.”
They tour over 200 days a year, with such highlights as headlining
their first Wheels of Soul amphitheater tour this past summer, four
consecutive sold-out shows at the Beacon Theatre in NYC this fall, and a
surprise appearance on the debut episode of the Late Show with Stephen
Colbert. In studio and on stage, TTB continue to flourish and surprise,
and the release of Let Me Get By marks the beginning of another exciting chapter in the band’s storied tale.
- - Disc 1 -
2 Laugh About It
3 Don't Know What It Means
4 Right on Time
5 Let Me Get By
6 Just As Strange
7 Crying Over You / Swamp Raga for Hozapfel, Lefebvre, Flute and Harmonium
8 Hear Me
9 I Want More
10 In Every Heart
- - Disc 2 -
1 Hear Me [Alternate Mix]
2 In Every Heart [Alternate Mix]
3 Oh! You Pretty Things
4 Just As Strange
5 Satie Groove
6 Laugh About It [Live at the Beacon Theatre]
7 I Pity the Fool [Live at the Beacon Theatre]
8 Keep on Growing [Live at the Beacon Theatre]
AMG review by Thom Jurek
After 2013's Made Up Mind, Tedeschi Trucks Band hit the road hard, racking up 200 dates in 2014. After Derek Trucks played the Allman Brothers Band's final shows, and TTB's parting with Sony, the 12-piece band and friends (including Doyle Bramhall II) entered their Swamp Raga Studios behind Trucks' and Susan Tedeschi's home, and began recording jam-style rehearsals; everyone was encouraged to contribute ideas, songs, etc.
They'd break to work the road then return to record some more. The end result is Let Me Get By, produced by Trucks, recorded by Bobby Tis, and released by Fantasy. Jazz bassist Tim Lefebvre joined permanently (he was also part of David Bowie's band on Blackstar), and Alecia Chakour was enlisted to balance Mike Mattison and Mark Rivers on backing vocals.
The lineup is rounded out by keyboardist Kofi Burbridge, drummers Tyler Greenwell and J.J. Johnson, and a three-piece horn section. Trucks proves a fearless producer here. This collaboratively written ten-song set showcases the band's skill at playing and composing through Southern soul, roots rock, blues, greasy funk, jazz, Indian classical, film music, and African and Brazilian polyrhythms.
An obvious studio offering, it's warm and resonant, yet crackling with energy and ideas. The feel is loose and grooving, the performances hot. Over TTB's last two albums, Tedeschi has become comfortable as the lead singer of a large band. She's almost iconic here, taking chances with phrasing, finding hidden spaces in lines and syllables, and emoting from the belly. She never oversells a song but always sings the hell out of it. (Check "Anyhow" if you want shivers.) She plays a mean guitar, too: her solo in the gritty, punchy, party funk number "Don't Know What It Means" is a highlight.
But everybody gets to shine here -- Mattison with lead vocals on the Brechtian-esque carny rock of "Right on Time," and the modal soul of "Crying Over You/Swamp Raga for Hozapfel, Lefebvre, Flute and Harmonium" -- adding character and depth to TTB's signature.
Lefebvre's syncopation and invention create new possibilities for harmonic and rhythmic dialogue. His bass pushes the funky dual drum breaks and biting electric piano and organ on the title cut, allowing roaring horns, soaring chorus vocals, and Trucks' spiraling slide to collide with and flow through one another.
The unusual meld of Memphis soul, Bollywood-style strings, Eastern electric slide, and strummed acoustic guitars creatively come together to support Tedeschi's wrenching, affirmative vocal in the passionate "Hear Me. The rave-up dancefloor R&B in "I Want More" is guaranteed to put any party into overdrive.
The meld of gospel, soul, doo wop, and blues rock on closer "In Every Heart" offers a Trucks' solo that digs deep in the emotional grain to contrast with the sweet vibe. Never has TTB sounded so organic, relaxed, and free. Let Me Get By is the album this group has been striving for since their formation.
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