Translucent Blues (5/24/2011) Add To Cart
- Manzarek-Rogers Band
"Translucent Blues is very nearly a masterpiece that emphasizes Doors-like driving roadhouse blues-rock tinged with noirish overtones." - Minneapolis City Pages
"You can hear echoes of the Doors, traces of blues, flashes of jazz and touches of rock. What you get, though, is a fine blend, like good whiskey, that's a lot more tastier than the sum of its parts. It's hard to put into words the magical music world they've created here, but it works." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"The two artists are true masters of their craft and they are at their absolute best here." - No Depression
A brilliant new collaboration from Ray Manzarek, co-founder and keyboardist of The Doors, and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Roy Rogers, world renowned slide guitar master and Grammy winning producer. Translucent Blues is a hard driving record with influences from blues, rock and jazz and lyrics that include tinges of poetry and literature. A contemporary recording with soul, intensity and creative energy, the album features songs with multi-layered arrangements, solid driving grooves and stylistic depth. They are energetic and strong - with music and lyric collaborations from Manzarek and Rogers, and lyric contributions from the likes of Warren Zevon, Jim Carroll and Michael McClure.
Ray Manzarek said of the album, "This is a head-first dive into American contemporary Blues. Roy and I take the unique art form of the Blues and add a 21st century twist to the genre. We are working with a group of great American poets: Michael McClure, famed beat and close friend of Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsburg; Jim Carroll of 'The Basketball Diaries' fame; Warren Zevon - the 'Werewolf of London' himself; Michael C. Ford, noted L.A. jazz poet and good friend of Jim Morrison's; and Scott Richardson, blues rocker of Michigan's 'The Scott Richardson Case' and now a California seeker of ultimate mystical experiences. Their lyrics are superb, succinct, now, and salient. What Roy and I have weaved around their words are songs that are not standard 12 bar, but do, in fact, live and breathe in the dark, underground world... of the Blues! 'Translucent Blues'"
Roy Rogers added, "This collaboration with Ray was a joy from start to finish. We found inspiration not only from the music and lyrics, but most of all from each other--to create a great sound. To me, the blues is as complex a music as it gets--either you feel it or you don't. But when you add the spice of some of these lyrics, it definitely takes you on a different route. Take a ride with us."
1. Hurricane (sample)
2. River of Madness (sample)
3. Game of Skill (sample)
4. Fives and Ones (sample)
5. Kick (sample)
7. Blues in My Shoes
8. New Dodge City Blues
9. Greenhouse Blues
10. Those Hits Just Keep on Comin'
11. As You Leave (sample)
12. An Organ, a Guitar and a Chicken Wing