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AJ Croce - By Request [LP]


  • £23.38 ( )

Cat. no: COM47551
Format: LP
Barcode: 766397475516
Release Date: 5th February 2021
Genre: Americana

Over the past three decades, A.J. Croce has established his rep as a piano man and serious vocal stylist who pulls from a host of American traditions and anti-heroes - it’s part New Orleans, part juke joint, part soul.

While his last album, ‘Just Like Medicine’, paired him with soul legend Dan Penn and an all-star cast of players, his new album was born of memories - of favorite artists and shows, but mostly, of late-night gatherings with groups of friends, many of them fellow musicians, with Croce at the piano taking requests. Croce revisits these musical evenings with ‘By Request’, 12 personally curated covers that traverse decades and genres, propelled by his spirited, loose-and-easy piano mastery and emotive vocals.

It’s a tribute to Croce the music fan as well as Croce the musician that both the variety - from pop to RnR to soul - and execution is inspired, aided by a full band and horns. While he delivers faithful recreations of such nuggets as The Five Stairsteps’ “Ooh Ooh Child” and Allen Toussaint’s “Brickyard Blues,” he puts his own spin on piano-driven arrangements of songs by Neil Young, The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke, The Faces and more. Young’s “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” is re-interpreted as a gospel song, and The Beach Boys’ “Sail On Sailor” becomes a trippy, rollicking ride.

Although he lost his famous father, music legend Jim Croce, when he was just two years old, he pays tribute by covering Randy Newman’s “Have You Seen My Baby” since the first show he attended was a bill featuring his dad and Newman. “’By Request’ is my way of inviting you over for a private gathering at my place,” Croce says of the collection.

Tracks: Nothing From Nothing (Billy Preston) / Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Neil Young) / Have You Seen My Baby (Randy Newman) / Nothing Can Change This Love (Sam Cooke) / Better Day (Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry) / Ooh Child (The Five Stairsteps) / Stay With Me (The Faces) / Brickyard Blues (Allen Toussaint) / San Diego Serenade (Tom Waits) / Sail On Sailor (The Beach Boys) / Can’t Nobody Love You (James Mitchell) / Ain’t No Justice (Shorty Long)

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