Keb' Mo' : Suitcase

Keb' Mo' : Suitcase


Keb' Mo', Fran Banish, Michael Finnigan, Jeff Paris (guitar), Jon Cleary (piano, mandolin), Paulinho da Costa (piano, organ), Sergio Gonzalez (bass), Kat Dyson (drums), Sir Harry Bowens, Sweetpea Atkinson, Vince Bonham, James Ingram, Vida Simon (percussion)

Epic 77621

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Your Love
A2 - The Itch
A3 - Eileen
A4 - Remain Silent
A5 - Still There For Me
A6 - Rita
B1 - I'm a Hero
B2 - Suitcase
B3 - Whole 'Nutha Thang
B4 - I See Love
B5 - I'll Be Your Water
B6 - Life Is Beautiful

Recorded in 2005 at Shangri La Studio in Malibu, CA and at Stu Stu Studio in Los Angeles.

"On Suitcase, his eighth studio release, Keb' Mo' (Kevin Moore) reunites with John Porter, the producer of Moore's critically lauded first album, and the result is a pleasant, midtempo suite of songs dedicated to the emotional baggage everyone carries with them as they plow through increasingly complicated lives in search of peace, love, and some measure of personal redemption. Moore covers this ground with a wink and a grin in his voice, though, and Suitcase emerges as a wry commentary on modern life that still manages to sound bright and positive, beginning with the effervescent, sprung reggae rhythm of the opening track, "Your Love," one of the best cuts here. Other highlights include the lovely ballad, "Still There for Me," a celebration of the little man and his private victories, "I'm a Hero," and the soothing, hopeful shuffle that closes things out, "Life Is Beautiful." Moore is generally classified as a blues player, but the truth is, aside from his first album, he has actually done very little true blues material, and it is probably more accurate to call what he does blues-informed, but even that ignores the point that he is probably much closer in tone, theme, and feel to James Taylor than he is to Robert Johnson or any other blues figure. He does turn to the blues here, though, on the title track, "Suitcase," and morphs it into a wonderfully engaging song about what people bring into a romantic relationship and what they take away in the end, making full use of the "emotional baggage" connection inherent in the title. It is Keb' Mo' at his best, drawing on his ability to synthesize roots forms like the blues into completely contemporary commentaries on the struggles, travails, and blind faith in personal redemption that accompanies people as they slog their way daily ever deeper into the 21st century." - Steve Leggett, AllMusic.

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.