Omar & The Howlers - Boogie Man

Year of Release: 2003
Label: Ruf Records
Catalog Number: RUF 1093
Format: CD
Total Time: 51:37:00

I heard about Omar And The Howlers when they first arrived on the blues-rock scene many years ago. If you can remember the Midnight Special TV show in the seventies and the host Wolfman Jack, you will hear the resemblance in Omar's voice, although he can really sing when he decides to.

Boogie Man is the latest offering from Omar And The Howlers, and it's a real dandy. For some reason I never explored this man's work any further, until now. I sat down and listened to all of these blistering tracks a few times and what do ya know? I was completely blown away by every one. Okay so I am 20 years late, see what I get for not paying attention long ago? I hear this music loud and clear now.

I especially loved tracks like "Bambozzled," the play on words is hilarious and other infamous sayings such as hornswaggled are used, I always chuckle when I hear these words for some reason. There is so much more than that on this great album, stellar musicianship being the main ingredient that makes this recording so outstanding.

Check out a few of the guests on this album?Terry Bozzio on drums (you name a person and he probably has played with them one time or another during his awesome career) and the incomparable Tommy Shannon on bass (Double Trouble). This is?a mightily impressive album?with some heavyweight talent contributing to make this a stand-alone blues-rock release for 2004 (so far?).

Boogie Man (5:00) / Bamboozled (4:24) / Stone Cold Blues (5:24) / White Crosses (4:48) / Drowning In Love (3:40) / Shakin' (5:50) / Right There In The Rain (4:09) / Bad In A Good Way (5:17) / That's Just My Life (4:33) / Mississippi Mud (4:33) / All The Love We Can Stand (6:19)

Omar Dykes - vocals
Alejandro Escovedo - vocals
Chris Duarte - guitar
Malcolm 'Papa Mali' Welbourne - guitar
Jon Dee Graham - guitar
George Reiff - bass
Tommy Shannon - bass
George Rains - drums
Chris Layton - drums
Terry Bozzio - drums
James Fenner - percussion

Big Leg Beat (1980/1988/1992)
I Told You So (1984/1991/1993)
Hard Times In The Land Of Plenty (1987)
Wall of Pride (1988/1989)
Monkey Land (1990/1997)
Omar Dykes - Blues Bag (1991/1992)
Live At Paradiso (1992/1993)
Courts Of Lulu (1992/1993)
Born On The Bayou (ep) (1992)
Omar Dykes - Muddy Springs Road (1994/1995)
World Wide Open (1996)
Southern Style (1996/1997)
Live At The Opera House (2000)
The Screamin' Cat (2000)
Big Delta (2001)
Boogie Man (2003

Genre: Rock

Origin US

Added: March 7th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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