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Number of Transatlantic 770 (1972) Reviews: 1
Dawkins delightful electric Chicago blues is worth it
Reviewer: John Fitzgerald, Human resources staff database assistant April 16, 2002 Though some reports have suggested he has been hard to work with, Dawkins'
"Transatlantic 770" nevertheless is a blistering guitar driven Chicago blues affair. Yes,
there are horns but they are definitely brushed to the site and do not overtake (as can
usually happen) as Jimmy's sharp, stinging electric leads plow their way through
effectively throughout this platter. Most tunes are given a slight 70's funk feeling and
ballads such as "Think twice before you speak", "The mighty hawk" & "Love and
understanding" either use strings or keys (instead of horns) to accompany them which
really helps avoid such banal arrangement difficulties. It may seem as though there is not
much extended improvisation (though Dawkins comes close on "All for business") but it is
not as apparent as other such albums lacking in this department as Jimmy's guitar work is
so impressive that one can enjoy the many short lead breaks here just as much as if they
had been stretched out a little more. Catchy tunes abound as half the album surprisingly
includes Dawkins originals, five to be exact. My favorite parts are the real upbeat numbers
like the rocking "Stone dead" and the lightning speed of the closing "No more trouble"
which has a very busy bass line job for Bob Brunning but he keeps up the pace
tremendously here. This probably doesn't touch the best of it's genere but it sure can't be
far off that level.
Album cover submitted by John Fitzgerald. Transcribed to HTML by Jeff Kenney and Marty Adelson.