California Gold (2022)

Lead vocals - Bobby Whitlock
Drums - Doug Cosmo Clifford
Bass - Donald Duck Dunn, Tom Miller
Organ B3, Piano - Bobby Whitlock
Guitars - David Vega, Mike O Neill, Bobby Whitlock
Backing vocals - Bobby Whitlock, Doug Cosmo Clifford

In all humility I recommend this album to those who admire the masterpiece dating from 1970 "Layla and other assorted love songs" by Derek and the Dominos, brought up to date by the Tedeschi Trucks Band in 2021 with his "Layla Revisited (Live at LOCKN')". On the Tom Dowd-produced original, Eric Clapton hooked up with Southerners like Duane Allman and multi-instrumentalist Bobby Whitlock, featured here. The release of this album owes everything to the insight of Creedence Clearwater Revival drummer Doug Clifford, who found tapes dating back to 1978 from an album called California Gold that was never released, where he beats time in a masterful, and where the native of Memphis/Tennessee Bobby Whitlock (organ/piano/guitar) shines. The latter sings the ten titles of the album that he and Doug Clifford composed. There's also, excuse me, Donald Duck Dunn on bass! It starts with "Good Time" where Bobby Whitlock's scratchy, slightly drawling voice works wonders and where good guitar solos burst out, very incisive in their set-up, in a very southern rock approach. A very greasy slide also occurs on the titles "Get Down Fever", "It Ain't like Mama Told Me" and "Turn The Beat Around", but we also find a color close to Sweet Home Alabama on "On Hold Again ". Then arrives "Purple Mountain" to which the layers of organ give an Allman Bros atmosphere, while the feeling also passes on the good blues "It's Always Darkest Before The Dawn". A country-rock charm prevails on "I'm Happy Just Being Alive", before ending in a frenetic boogie with "Rollin' On", a dazzling success.

Jacques Dersigny, translation Y. Philippot-Degand


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