Dog is Billy Price’s and Kid Andersen’s sophomore joint
project after Reckoning and this new CD is available on August the 2nd.
Both of these records were cut at Kid’s Greaseland Studio in California by
using mostly the same musicians in the rhythm section and – what’s essential –
having a horn section and background vocalists to assure a rich and full
sound. How did these two musicians get together in the first place? You can
read about that in Billy’s own words at https://www.soulexpress.net/deep3_2018.htm#billyprice. More information about the label and
this new CD you can find at www.gulfcoastrecords.net.
Altogether this is Billy’s 17th solo album in his career.
The opener, Working
on Your Chain Gang, is a dancer with a steady, hypnotic and even a bit
rocky beat and it was written by Billy and Jim Britton. Two other songs
that the two collaborated on are a slow funk titled Toxicity and the
mid-tempo All Night Long Cafe, a catchy and lively number and
delightfully rich in orchestration. Bobby Byrd’s swinging Smash release
in 1964, We’re in Love, is respectfully revived with a jazzy overtone
and fine sax solo, and almost in the same bag there’s You Gotta Leave, another
bouncy jump tune.
Rick Estrin’s song Dog Eat Dog is a slow and
plaintive number with a touch of blues and Alabama Mike sharing the
vocals with Billy. Rick himself does a harmonica solo in the middle of the
song. Other bluesy tracks are Willie Dixon’s intensive My Love Will
Never Die, originally released by Big Three Trio in 1952, and another
slow and melancholy song called Remnants, composed by Billy and his
long-time partner, Fred Chapéllier.
On the lighter and happier side we have a
pretty and sunny ballad named More Than I Needed, a tuneful loper called
Lose My Number and an easy mid-tempo floater titled Walk Back In.
Mervin and Melvin Steals wrote the melodic, mid-tempo Same Old
Heartaches originally for the Impressions’ album It’s About Time on
Cotillion in 1976, and now this wonderful song gets a new lease of life on this
Billy’s fine new CD (www.billyprice.com)