by Henry Butler


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You kids may not be aware of this, but there was a time when the term R&B stood for rhythm and blues, and described a style of music that was readily distinguishable from the pop music mainstream. Today it seems as if R&B has become a term that describes the race of the performer more than it does the music itself. (A Britney Spears album gets filed under rock and pop, whereas if Beyoncé were to make the same album it would be filed under R&B or soul/hip hop.) Henry Butler comes from a different time and place, and his music is R&B in the old sense -- it rocks, it rolls, it struts, it features the piano prominently, and it's very much based in the blues and the Creole musical traditions of his native New Orleans. Despite one or two minor missteps, Homeland is a hoot and a joy all the way through, from the touchingly sentimental "Way We Loved" through the slightly hokey "Hey Little Girl" right up to the sweet ode to Professor Longhair that ends the program. The album's highlight is a fantastic adaptation of the New Orleans classic "Iko Iko," and its nadir is the overlong one-chord workout "Casino." Highly recommended overall.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2004
Label: Basin Street Records
UPC: 0652905080221
catalogNumber: 802
Rank: 173725

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Performance Credits

Henry Butler   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Synthesizer Horn,Synthesizer Strings,Synthesizer Saxophone
Vasti Jackson   Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Nick Daniels   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Butler   Composer
Henry Butler   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Vasti Jackson   Composer,Producer
Martin Kibbee   Composer
Dave Pirner   Producer
Danny Kadar   Engineer
Jim Bullock   Composer
Andrew Gilchrist   Engineer
Mark Samuels   Executive Producer
George Ortolano   Engineer
William Butler   Composer

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