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REGGIE YOUNG: FOREVER YOUNG†

Reviewed by Heikki Suosalo

Rating: 7/ 10

(CDCHD 1500; www.acerecords.com)

Coming Home To Leipers Fork / Memphis Grease / Soul Love / Seagrove Place / Itís About Time / Exit / Jennifer

† As amazing as it seems, during his 63-year recording career Forever Young is Reggie Youngís first-ever album.† He wrote and produced all seven new songs for the CD, and heís backed by some of his long-standing colleagues such as Clayton Ivey on Wurlitzer, David Hood on bass, Chad Cromwell on drums and in the horn section Jim Horn on sax.† In Colin Escottís great text in the booklet the guitar virtuoso tells interesting stories from his long career, involving working with Elvis, Roy Orbison, Bill Black, the Beatles, Chips Moman and numerous country artists.

† Recorded at LaLaLand Studio in Sheffield, Alabama, in Reggieís own words ďa lot of the tunes came from little warm-up licks.Ē† Coming Home to Leipers Fork is an atmospheric slow song with Jim Hornís sax wailing on the background, while Memphis Grease, Exit and Seagrove Place are punchier toe-tappers.† Itís about Time has a jazzy tone to it, whereas both Soul Love and Jennifer are beautiful, romantic ballads.† At 79, Reggie is above all passing trends and his playing is subtle and laid-back, and the overall atmosphere is pleasantly soothing. (7)

© Heikki Suosalo


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