Buddaheads, Featuring BB Chung King
Review by Pat
I hadnt been a fan of BB Chung King and the
Buddhaheads for years now, if I hadnt seen BB
perform countless times with various band members
using any combination of the name (BB Chung King, The
Buddaheads, even the Alan Mirikitoni Band), I might
have been just a little nervous about reviewing this
ahem, its about the liner credits; that thing about
Pro Tools. What the hell is a Pro Tool?
Is it like a rhythm machine, or Dolby? Ray
Carver, the publisher of SBM,
shakes his head and says, Listen, Pat, youve got
to get your head into the new millennium.
Pro Tools is a high-tech, state of the art
computer system used in recording, nowadays.
Computers, says Ray.
Well Ray, I thought I told you that I
wouldnt take this job if there was any computer
work involved. You
dont have to operate it, says Ray, You just have
to review it, says Ray. Well, here goes:
The name of this independently released album is
REAL. As I mentioned, the Pro Tools stuff kind of throws me,
especially when the first song, which bears the album
titles name, bursts through the speakers with a
full horn section.
Im thinking to myself, is this live, or is
it Pro Tools? But then, BBs blazing guitar and Boyd Lefans throbbing
bass take over and I know that Im on solid
ground-REAL solid ground, walking on tracks laid down
by a guitar virtuoso-a REAL guitarslinger.
album is one of many moods that showcase not only
BBs incredible guitar, but also showcases his
ability to write a great contemporary blues song,
something that is often found lacking with some of
todays blues artists.
911 is a haunting tune that may have to
be retitled, as it has nothing to do with the events
of this infamous day.
This is a song about another kind of
guitar leads sound as if they came from deep in the
soul and proceed to take the listener past the
satellites and beyond the stars.
Better Day is a slow tune which
demonstrates the quality of BBs voice, a voice that
is much better than a guitarslinger of his ability
listened to his slow blues for years, trying to place
who it is that his voice resembles. If Lionel Ritchie could sing the blues-I mean really
sing the blues, this is how he might sound.
Crawlin Man and 57 Chevy both have a
lowdown, sinister quality that lures the listener,
baiting him with a steady rhythm that serves as a
launching pad for BBs burning, and I mean finger
shredding, string breaking guitar solos that have made
him one of the premier blues guitarists of this era.
Dont bother to listen for Lionel Ritchie in
either of these tunes!
I dont want to sound like Im bashing the Pro
Tools thing. Its
just that its something new to me.
Remember, Howlin Wolf hated his first
And if the credibility of Pro Tools or any
other new recording method must be judged by this
writer or anyone else, we must first listen to
Dance Maria, the bands tribute to Jimi
this track, BB can be heard jamming along with the
great Hendrix himself.
The result is a surreal, ethereal and
wonderfully nostalgic in its computer assisted,
The twelfth and final cut on this album is a beautiful
instrumental tune entitled Alana, named after
This was a wonderful song to end the 58 minutes
of piercing guitar licks.
Listen to this album.
Read the liner notes and absorb the bond Alan
Mirikitoni, a.k.a. BB Chung King has for his family,
his friends and his music and know that this music is
as REAL as it gets.
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