Got Soul [LP]

Got Soul [LP]

by Robert Randolph & the Family Band


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Robert Randolph is one of the rare artists who's been able to convince a sizable audience that the pedal steel guitar has a place outside country music. This is partly due to his over-the-top skills on the instrument, but just as importantly, Randolph and his Family Band have consistently shown their ability to launch a soul shakedown party of major proportions whenever they take the stage or set up in the studio. 2017's Got Soul, Randolph's fifth studio album, seems designed to capture the energy and power of Randolph and his band in full flight, and producer Matt Pierson has gone out of his way to give this material a big, rollicking sound that makes the most of the muscle and sweat of this music. While the tough, funky report of the rhythm section and the call of the organ provide the backbone of these songs, it's Randolph's pedal steel that gives Got Soul its unique sound, as the wailing peals of his instrument tear through the mix and lend this as much of a vocal presence as any instrumentalist can provide. While vintage soul and funk figures play a big role in these arrangements, Randolph's background in gospel is never entirely out of the picture, and there's a churchy passion at the heart of this music that adds plenty to the emotional resonance, especially on tracks like "Be the Change" and "Heaven's Calling." But even when Randolph is drawing on the gospels, the palpable joy of this music carries the day, and despite the presence of guest artists like Cory Henry, Anthony Hamilton, and Darius Rucker (the latter delivering one of the most emphatic vocals of his career on "Love Do What It Do"), it's Randolph & the Family Band's talent and fervor that make this album special. Got Soul is taut, joyous, heartfelt music that mixes Saturday night and Sunday morning, and the results will make you take notice any day of the week.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2017
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0889853694723
catalogNumber: 536947
Rank: 3689

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Randolph & the Family Band   Primary Artist
Eric Gales   Electric Guitar
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Jeff Coffin   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Shedrick Mitchell   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Anthony Hamilton   Vocals
Johnny Gale   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Darius Rucker   Vocals
Lenesha Randolph   Vocals,Background Vocals
Shannon Sanders   Background Vocals
Raymond Angry   Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Hammond B3
Derrick Hodge   Electric Bass
Robert Randolph   Vocals
Marcus Randolph   Drums
Rashawn Ross   Trumpet
Joey Williams   Vocals
Candice Anderson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Cory Henry   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Armand Hutton   Vocals
Stevie Ladson   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmy Bralower   Composer
Chuck Cannon   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Karen Manno   Composer
Matt Pierson   Producer
David Porter   Composer
Johnny Gale   Composer
Matt Warren   Composer
Shannon Sanders   Composer
Marc Roberge   Composer
Robert Randolph   Composer
Eric Krasno   Composer
Patrick Davis   Composer
Michelle Holme   Art Direction
Marcus Randolph   Composer
Laura Kszan   Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind   Product Development
Drew Ramsey   Composer
Stephen Kellogg   Composer
Shannon LaBrie   Composer
Christopher Allen   Engineer
Acantha Lang   Composer
Chris Gebulda   Composer

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