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Personnel: Hal Ketchum (vocals, guitar) Guy Clark (vocals) Russ Pahl (guitar, steel guitar, banjo, dobro) Sir William Cooley (guitar, bouzouki) Tim O'Brien (bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, background vocals) Kevin McKendrie (keyboards) Chris Kent, Keith Carper (bass) Glen Caruba (drums) Jonell Mosser (background vocals).Recorded at Sound Kitchen, Franklin, Tennessee and Curb Studios, Nashville, Tennessee.Digitally remastered using HDCD technology.Personnel: Hal Ketchum (guitar) Guy Clark (vocals) Russ Pahl (guitar, steel guitar, dobro, banjo) Bill Cooley (guitar) Tim O'Brien (mandolin, fiddle, background vocals) Glen Caruba (drums, percussion) Keith Heffner (programming) Jonell Mosser (background vocals).Audio Mixers: Michael Lloyd Steve Marcantonio Bob Kearney.Arrangers: Franke Previte Dusty Micale Michael Lloyd Keith Heffner.One has to ask why in the name of heaven Hal Ketchum allowed "Everytime I Look in Your Eyes" to be the opening track on his first album in two years. Perhaps it was a concession to Curb, or he had a momentary lapse of reason. Whatever the reason, it's one of the most unlistenable, sugary sweet, slicker than schlock excuses for a song to be heard in close to a decade. It's the only track here Ketchum didn't write or co-write, and it wasn't picked as the first single (thank God), so what the hell? Luckily, the 14 other songs here are substantially better. Ketchum produced this album (all but that cursed track) and did a fine job. It's a lot more polished than his Austin material, but the songs themselves are inspired, the arrangements are spare enough to let the subtle emotion in his voice come through the grain in the music, and the performances themselves are solid. Standout tracks include "As Long as You Love Me," a duet with the inimitably brilliant Jonell Mosser, and the title track, with its Bo Diddley shuffle done on acoustic guitars with a snarling electric in the background before it explodes into a pure roots rock extravaganza. The old R&B roots of Ketchum's New Yor
  • Hal Ketchum - King of Love [CD]
GenreCountry & Western
Publication Date20030325
Publisher ImprintWarner/Elektra/Atlantic Corp

King of Love

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