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Heavy Days -
by Mambo Sons
Reviewed by Jimmy Dee Caterine-EvO:R Staff Reviewer
I love the Mambo Sons!! My wife loves the Mambo Sons!! Hell, everyone in my house loves the Mambo Sons!
I know this isn’t the conventional way to start a review but, here at EvO:R, I’m allowed to be opinionated –
a luxury I was not granted at other websites that I have written for.
Mambo Sons consists of lead vocalist/bassist, Scott Lawson, guitarist, Tom Guerra and Drummer, Joe Lemieux.
They have been together for about 10 years. I first heard them in 2005 when I received a copy of their 3rd
release, Racket of Three.
When I received promotional material for their latest release, Heavy Days, I was a little reluctant
to write a review because it is a double CD. Double CD’s tend to lose the listener if they are not
a concept or greatest hits CD. BUT – Mambo Sons have a winner with Heavy Days. It seems they took a
great bit of care arranging the order of the songs to keep the flow going.
Heavy Days is packed full of Bluesy Rock and Roll. The song writing, production and performance are
all rock solid. The packaging is beautiful. We even get some guest appearances from Matt Zeiner who
plays a variety of keyboards on the disc.
Guitarist, Tom Guerra, gives us a lot of slide guitar and a few great 70’s effects. It takes me back to my youth,
listening to artists like, David Bowie and Mott the Hoople. In fact, on disc 1 there is a track that bears the
name of Mott the Hoople/Mott bassist, Overend Watts, which is a fun, early 70’s style rock and roll tune.
My favorite part of disc 1 is a little intro piece called Blues for Zanny. Tom uses some kind of effect that
sounds like he flipped the reel around and recorded his guitar backwards. It sets a nice mood for the following
track The Early Train which has some nice vocal work by vocalist/bassist, Scott Lawson.
Disc 1 finishes with the title track Heavy Days –in my opinion, the best track on the first disc.
Disc 2 opens with its best track, Once in Awhile. I love the first verse-
“Heard John Lennon in Greenwich Village - the sidewalk café was playing his songs -walked by the building
where he was living - one week later he was gone.”
This kind of lyric really takes me to a place in time, especially when the event marks such an important
moment in one’s life. I think most people can relate to this lyric and they know exactly where they were
and what they were doing at the time of Lennon’s death.
The rest of Heavy Days is kind of a mish mash of songs that seem different in some way than the
traditional Mambo Sons style. Though, I think this slight change in direction for the second disc
makes for a very listenable double album. I think that this was a very smart move, as I did not
get bored of listening to Heavy Days from beginning to end.
A few points of interest on disc 2 are Friday Night Wine where Mr. Lawson sounds a bit more
like a crooner than usual. I get the feeling he sang it on a Friday night after a bottle of
wine (or three.) Talk about setting a mood.
There’s a kind of artistic piece called Song for a Rugger that is just vocal and a bunch of
noise. It’s interesting –none the less. And finally, there’s a great live version of Jimi
Hendrix’ Stone Free.
Samples from the CD:
Song samples are linked to the bands pages on CDBaby.com
/She Just Wants to Ride
/The Only Woman
/Blues for Zanny/
/The Early Train
/Love Is Strange
/The Devil's Kin
/Once in Awhile/
/I Love My Family
/You Got Me Fallin'
/Waiting for My Ship to Come/
/Friday Night Wine
/All Men Are Pigs
/Song for a Rugger
/A Fifth of Twelve
Mambo Sons –Heavy Days is a great rock and roll disc from an excellent trio.
If you like early 70’s rock and roll with a glistening polish on top –you will love the Mambo Sons as I do.
Jimmy Dee Caterine...EvO:R Reviewer.
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