This is the downest, dirtiest, greasiest soul rock music to be heard since FM radio started ruling the airwaves. It is jump rock & roll in the old sense with the saxophone squealing, honking and squawking up from the depths of the inner being to lead the parade. It is that perfect marriage of the music of Memphis, New Orleans and R & R of the '50's and 60's. You can hear the echoes of the Stax Studios in Memphis; the work of Cosimo Matassa's studio in New Orleans with Lee Dorsey, Fats Domino, and the Spiders; and all the early 'Race Music' that was the early foundation of R & B and R & R all rolled into a disc with a huge sound that is reminiscent of those days when Rock was the Devil's music. Terry's sax has a love affair with the high end register and he gets more play from that than anyone from recent memory, and yet he can go so far down to the bottom of the register you would think he would have to rise up slowly to avoid the bends. You think you have hit the bottom only to have him keep on going still further down with sounds that don't seem possible.
On this disc Hanck wrote 5 of the 13 songs and they are some of the finest on the disc. There is the raunchy reggae infused Girl, Girl, Girl, the great shuffle that Albert Collins would have loved, You Coulda Let Me Go, and the most funky lead song, Here It Comes. Some of the others songwriters on this disc are great names like Freddy King, Chuck Willis, and Ike Turner. Hanck does a job on the Dave Bartholomew and "Fats" Domino penned My Girl Josephine, that would make Dave and Fats very proud to have it covered in such a way. Before you think he is just a sax player and writer his singing captures and holds the moods and feels of all the material. The band is tight with Johnny "Cat" Soubrand on guitar and background vocals, Tim Wagar on electric bass, Butch Cousins on drums and Bob Welsh on piano and B3 organ, along with Chris "Kid" Anderson supplying the studio and producing the disc as well as playing multiple instruments and background vocals. His name may be most associated with being Elvin Bishops sax player for many years but Terry Habck is someone you should take notice of and look for more of his work. He has a touch and feel for exceptional songs and plays them with a real feel.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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