D-REGULATORS "D-DAY" (Deep Blue Something / Distr. VIA Records cat n° : DBS 3300022)
Songs (click on the -icons
for audio) 1.
2. I am not a crook
3. Thank you, That'll Do !!!
4. In the meantime, somewhere else
5. Your place or mine?
6. The tattoos of the blues
7. As long as you live (you'll be dead if you die)
8. Everybody's cryin' mercy
9. The pleasure is all yours
10. Just making conversation
11. Ready when you are
12. Talking two minutes
D-Regulators are :
- S. Roegiest - aka Dr. Boogie : vocals & harmonica
- L. Van Lieshout - aka Tornado Luke : guitar
- F. Winnepenninckx - aka Walkin' Winne : bass
- Gerry Fiévé - aka Gerry Fever : drums
Additional musicians :
- Patrick Cuyvers : hammond, piano
- Etienne Quinart : trumpet
- Eric Belsack : trombone
- Jan Boekaerts : tenor sax
Recorded & mixed at Art Sound Studio, Helchteren, Belgium
Produced by Gerry Fiévé
Sleeve : design Willy Dewuidt. Photo's : Filip Wouters & Jan Vermersch
I sure hope that the D-Regulators haven been waiting breathless for a review
of their cd on "Het Belgisch Pop & Rock Archief", 'cause otherwise
I'll probably will have to look for them at the graveyard of Antwerp or Brussels.
After listening to it two times, my cd dissapeared without leaving a trace, and
only with the help of a coördinated police action, a zero-tolerance policy
towards all kinds of junk in my music room and a parlementary hearing, the little
disc reappeared. Too bad for the D-Regulators that the content of "D-Day"
had not been getting better while sinking in these few months.
The band that used to be called Regulators play the blues : jump blues, boogie,
talkin blues, smooth blues .... Daarmee That says perhaps not all, but certainly
a whole lot about this cd. The compositions are ok, the rhythm section sets a
nice pace for things ... but it doesn't work out on the twelve tracks of "D-Day".
Despite a bunch of horns that enliven the place, the end result is dull, lackluster
and almost without drive. Not a lot of foot-tapping, and quite a lot of craming
toes, that's all these 53 minutes did for me.
The main stumbling block to get us going with them is the vocal performance of
Dr. Boogie. Guess he stepped out of bed on the wrong foot during the taping, or
something like that. Or stranded among the wrong song-material ? Only in "Everybody's
(a Mose Allison-cover) he gets it right : he reveals there that he probably could
better concentrate on Blue-Blot-ish crooning
The best songs on the album or for me "Ready when You Are"
(at last a bit of drive), "Thank You, That'll Do !!!"
(swinging blues big band), "Your Place Or Mine?" and the aforementionned
"Everybody's Cryin' Mercy" (a resting point on the cd).
In the meantime I have seen the D-Regulators performing on a stage once, and I
must confess that their set sure manages to raise the temperature a few degrees,
but that's feeling they haven't been able to put on this cd. Have mercy !
And your opinion?
Did I get it all wrong, or was I spot-on ? Do you want to share your opinion about
this cd ? Send it in, and I'll put it up here !
This Album in the Press
- Mn in Roots Town Music "The thing that strikes me most is
the voice of Dr. Boogie, that bears so much resemblance to that of Charles Baty,
I would like to compare this entire group to his ensemblre. .... With this cd
D-Regulators prove that they still stand strong after a few setbacks."
- Franky Bruyneel in Back To The Roots "In search of an identity
of their own, they have made quie some progress since the beginning. On this new
cd they perform almost nothing but work of their own. A positive thing is that
they are not too keen on rock but compile their music a bit more versatile".
- Patrick Dallongeville in Bluesborder (FR) "Another new big group
from this little country that needs to be reckoned with. If this goes on, the
Americans will be organizing festivals with Belgian blues in the States soon.
The mastering of their instruments is flawless (a special award goes to the rhythm-section),
genuine composing talent ... "
- GD'H in Rif-Raf : "I still have some doubts about the singing
and phrasing of Dr. Boogie (is that name really necessary?), but the beautiful
acoustic closing track of this varied and easy-listenigng cd, pushes the needle
to the plus-side without a problem."
- Stage "From raw blues-tracks to greasy r&b-songs, to swinging
rockabilly with big band-stature : nothins is too much for D-regulators. Effortlessly
they play about an hour with 10 self-written songs and two covers. 'Repeat all'!"
The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't
take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more
than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those
for customers in Belgium.
Have you seen this record elsewhere on the net, do you own an online-CD-shop
with Belgian products in it, or if there's something wrong with my calculations
: let me know.
More about this group :
- Booking & info : tel/fax : +32(0)2 - 267.75.34
- Donor Publishing (Deep Blue Something, Roots music by Donor) : 32(0)2-269.82.32
- Francis Winnepenninckx
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