IN THE JUNGLE
Trout Band CD Review
was a long time coming, nearly fourteen years, but the
Walter Trout Band recording, entitled: LIFE IN THE
JUNGLE is finally available in the U.S. on the RUF
in the summer of 1989 in Stockholm, Sweden, this is a
full blown, high-octane collection of tunes by a
stellar band led by Walter Trout on vocal and guitar.
If you like your Blues fried, open faced with a
slice of Hendrix on the side, youll love these ten
classic tunes by one of the great contemporary blues
artists, Walter Trout.
Walters legendary guitar riffs are rife with
the sounds of 60s Chicago and San Francisco
plays with a deliberate style and concentration that
is comforting; just sit back and let Walter take you
along for the ride. Whether youre having the Harley
club over for burgers and beer or just doing some
major housecleaning, pop this CD in the machine and
feel the energy as it fills the room.
first track, Good Enough to Eat features Walter
on vocals and guitar and a rare but tasty bit of
harmonica. The track has a bigger than life quality to it.
Walter plays some blazing guitar, but his band
is more than up to the task of accompanying him. Jim Trapp plays his bass off, while Leroy Larson provides the
solid drums necessary to maintain the dynamic pace. Rather than a second guitar, Dan Abrams keyboards provide the
rhythm to complete the band.
is very common nowadays for the contemporary
guitarslingers such as Walter Trout to include a
Hendrix number in their acts and on their recordings.
This CD features a nine and a half-minute
recording of Red House, recorded live in Denmark
at the 1989 Midtfyn festival.
If youre gonna do Hendrix, you gotta do him
right, and Walter pulls out all the stops on this one.
There are two other tracks from the Midtfyn
festival, including Serve Me Right to Suffer, a
song Walter co-wrote with the great John Lee Hooker.
With Larsons splashing cymbals and Abrams
organ, Walter Trout puts on a blues clinic, shredding
his voice and his fingers most effectively.
Besides being a consummate guitarist, Walter
sings with a voice that I would gladly walk to the
crossroads to purchase.
But you dont need to take on the Devil to
hear this recording, because Life in the Jungle
is here and waiting for you at your local record
store, or you can check out Walters website at