The Bookends

The Bookends

by Eric Gales

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Overview

Eric Gales spent a good portion of his career in the wilderness -- chalk it up to a combination of bad breaks and addiction -- but he came storming back in 2017 with Middle of the Road, his first album for Provogue/Mascot Records. Peaking at four on the Billboard Blues chart, Middle of the Road brought Gales back in a big way, giving him the confidence to push himself on its 2019 sequel Bookends. Working with producer Matt Wallace -- a stalwart of '90s alt-rock who worked with Maroon 5 after spending time with the Replacements and Faith No More -- Gales doesn't reinvent the wheel, but he does place a greater emphasis on singing and song than he has in the past. It's a subtle but notable difference, one that helps Bookends feel fuller and sharper than many of Gales' past albums and one that also accentuates the recovery undercurrents that flow through the album. By the time he teams up with guest vocalist Beth Hart for a slow-burning version of "With a Little Help from My Friends" -- the second notable cameo on the record, following Doyle Bramhall II's appearance on the neo-autobiographical epic "Southpaw Serenade" -- it's clear that Gales has managed to give not only familiar tunes but familiar blues-rock forms an identifiable stamp, born of both passion and precision.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/08/2019
Label: Provogue
UPC: 0819873018261
catalogNumber: 75772
Rank: 8528

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Gales   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Xylophone,Slide Guitar
Vince Jones   Keyboards
Beth Hart   Vocals
Doyle Bramhall   Soloist
Aaron Haggerty   Drums
Ken Valdez   Shouts
B. Slade   Vocals,Background Vocals
Orlando Thompson   Bass
Dylan Wiggins   Organ,fender rhodes
LaDonna Gales   Percussion,Background Vocals
MonoNeon   Bass

Technical Credits

Eric Gales   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Levi Seacer   Composer
Matt Wallace   Producer
Josh Smith   Composer
G-Sharpe   Composer
Roy Koch   Artwork
B. Slade   Composer
Zackary Darling   Engineer
Anthony Williams   Composer
John Parker   Engineer

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