David Bromberg: My Own House/You Should See the Rest of the Band
As of the late 1990s, guitarist and
fiddler David Bromberg was in musical semi-retirement, supplementing his
day job-he now makes his living buying and selling American-made
violins-with the odd club gig. But in the 1970s he had a thriving career as
both a bandleader and a sideman, having played on seminal recordings by
Bob Dylan, the Eagles and Jerry Jeff Walker, among others. This disc
includes two of his early albums: first, the acoustic and largely solo My
Own House, on which he plays a program that ranges from traditional
Scottish and American fiddle tunes through Delta blues and songs by
Hoagy Carmichael and Phil Spector. Talk about Americana. The second
album included on this disc couldn't be more of a contrast: You Should See
the Rest of the Band is a live recording with a large and very definitely
electric band. David Bromberg the rock'n'roll bandleader is much more
inclined toward horn-driven R&B ("Key to the Highway, " "Sharon"),
although he does pull out the fiddle for a high-octane romp through a medley of traditional tunes at the end of the
show. If I haven't mentioned his singing, it's because his singing, while not bad, isn't really worth mentioning.
What stand out are his wide-ranging tastes, his instrumental chops and his skill as a bandleader, all of which
combine to make this both a valuable piece of pop music history and a thrilling listening experience.
Garth Hudson plays keyboards on two of the tracks included here from Bromberg's live 1980 rock'n'roll album You Should See the Rest of the Band.
David Bromberg - My Own House/You Should See the Rest of the Band - 1999 - Fantasy 24752