Walter Trout And The Radicals – Relentless (2003) {SACD ISO + FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz}

Walter Trout & The Radicals – Relentless (2003)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 69:21 minutess | Scans included | 4,41 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | 69:04 mins | Scans incl. | 1,21 GB
Genre: Rock, Blues

New Jersey-born blues-rocker Walter Trout spent decades as an ace sideman, playing guitar behind the likes of John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, and Joe Tex. In 1981, he was also tapped to replace the late Bob Hite in Canned Heat, remaining with the venerable group through the middle of the decade. This led to an invitation to play in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers where he shared the stage with fellow guitarist Coco Montoya. He left the Bluesbreakers in 1989 and formed the ‘Walter Trout Band’ which developed a successful following in Europe…

Another in a series of undiluted blues-rock offerings from guitarist Walter Trout, Relentless, his 11th disc since 1990, doesn’t offer any surprises. Released in conjunction with a DVD, the album was recorded live in the Netherlands club The Paradiso on a single day with little post-production sweetening or audience intervention. This results in a successful balance between sonics and concert sparks. For those who relish his by now standard brand of sturdy, guitar-heavy, Stevie Ray Vaughan-inspired music, Trout is in fine fret-shredding form here. But fans who’d like to see Trout swim in some new waters will find little of that on this outing. His music succeeds best live, where the sweat and intensity overrides lackluster, by-the-numbers Vaughan shuffles such as “Talk to Ya,” a tune as ordinary as its title. Trout’s gruff, everyman voice is acceptable, but it’s difficult to do much with the “I had a hard childhood” lyrics of “Collingswood.” Although it’s too bad he’s had a challenging upbringing, the heavy-handed approach makes you wish he’d hired a lyricist to express it more poetically. Interestingly, one of the album’s best tracks is the gospel-infused ballad “Cry if You Want To,” a beautiful melody reminiscent of the Rolling Stones’ “Fool to Cry” where the remarkably succinct guitar solo supports the song instead of vice versa. “Lonely Tonight” is a rare solo acoustic track where Trout furiously bangs his unplugged guitar, but once again the tune is little more than a skeleton of a song. Then it’s back to the same old, with the Steppenwolf-styled boogie of “Helpin’ Hand,” another in a series of excuses for Trout to pull out his meaty lead guitar licks. With his whiskey-soaked singing, hot strings, and fiery soloing, a little of this goes a long way, and 73 minutes is too much for all but the most relentless fans.

01. I’m Tired
02. The Life I Chose
03. Jericho Road
04. Work No More
05. Cry If You Want To
06. Chatroom Girl
07. My Heart Is True
08. Lonely Tonight
09. Helpin’ Hand
10. Collingswood
11. Empty Eyes
12. The Best You Got
13. Mercy



FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz