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Album: Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues
# Song Title   Time
1)    Seventh Son (w/ Sting) More Info...
2)    Horse To The Water (w/ George Harrison) More Info...
3)    Will It Go Round In Circles (w/ Paul Weller) More Info...
4)    Valentine Moon (w/ Sam Brown) More Info...
5)    The Return Of The Cowboy Blues (w/ Joe Strummer) More Info...
6)    The Hand That Changed It's Mind (w/ Dr. John) More Info...
7)    Nobody But You (w/ Ruby Turner) More Info...
8)    Revolution (w/ Stereophonics) More Info...
9)    I Put A Spell On You (w/ Mica Paris & David Gilmour) More Info...
10)    Oranges & Lemons Again (w/ Suggs) More Info...
11)    All That You Are (w/ Eric Bibb) More Info...
12)    Madmoiselle Will Decide (w/ Mark Knopfler) More Info...
13)    Back O' Town Blues (w/ Van Morrison) More Info...
14)    I Wanna Be Around (w/ John Cale) More Info...
15)    I'm Ready (w/ Steve Winwood) More Info...
16)    Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (w/ Marc Almond) More Info...
17)    T-Bone Shuffle (w/ Mick Hucknall) More Info...
18)    It's So Blue (w/ Paul Carrack) More Info...
19)    Outskirts Of Town (w/ Taj Mahal) More Info...
20)    I'm In The Mood Fro Love (w/ Jamiroquai) More Info...
21)    What Would I Do Without You (w/ Eric Clapton) More Info...
 

Album: Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues
# Song Title   Time
1)    Seventh Son (w/ Sting) More Info...
2)    Horse To The Water (w/ George Harrison) More Info...
3)    Will It Go Round In Circles (w/ Paul Weller) More Info...
4)    Valentine Moon (w/ Sam Brown) More Info...
5)    The Return Of The Cowboy Blues (w/ Joe Strummer) More Info...
6)    The Hand That Changed It's Mind (w/ Dr. John) More Info...
7)    Nobody But You (w/ Ruby Turner) More Info...
8)    Revolution (w/ Stereophonics) More Info...
9)    I Put A Spell On You (w/ Mica Paris & David Gilmour) More Info...
10)    Oranges & Lemons Again (w/ Suggs) More Info...
11)    All That You Are (w/ Eric Bibb) More Info...
12)    Madmoiselle Will Decide (w/ Mark Knopfler) More Info...
13)    Back O' Town Blues (w/ Van Morrison) More Info...
14)    I Wanna Be Around (w/ John Cale) More Info...
15)    I'm Ready (w/ Steve Winwood) More Info...
16)    Say Hello, Wave Goodbye (w/ Marc Almond) More Info...
17)    T-Bone Shuffle (w/ Mick Hucknall) More Info...
18)    It's So Blue (w/ Paul Carrack) More Info...
19)    Outskirts Of Town (w/ Taj Mahal) More Info...
20)    I'm In The Mood Fro Love (w/ Jamiroquai) More Info...
21)    What Would I Do Without You (w/ Eric Clapton) More Info...
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel includes: Jools Holland (conductor); Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Sting, George Harrison, David Gilmour, Dr. John, Steve Winwood, Jamiroquai, Taj Mahal, Mica Paris, Ruby Turner, Stereophonics, Joe Strummer, Suggs, Mick Hucknall.
  • Personnel: Sam Brown (vocals); Anne Stephenson, Howard Gott, Brian G. Wright , Jacqueline Norrie, Marina Solarek, Jayne Spencer, Julia Singleton, Anna Hemery, Gina Ball, Jeff Moore , Fenella Barton, Sally Herbert, Anne Wood (violin); Claire Orsler, John Jezzard, Ellen Blair (viola); Emily Burridge, Abigail Trundle, Trevor Burley, Nick Cooper , Dinah Beamish (cello); Pete Long (clarinet, baritone saxophone, horns); Phil Veacock (saxophone, horns); Leo Green, Adrian Revell, Ray Gelato (saxophone); Jason McDermid, Jon Scott (trumpet, horns); Chris Storr, Dave Peers, Mick Ball, Guy Barker (trumpet); Roger Goslyn, Barnaby Dickinson, Rico Rodriguez, Winston Rollins (trombone); Paul Bartholomew (horns); Chris Holland (organ); Ian Jennings (double bass); Gilson Lavis (drums); Steve White, Laurie Latham (percussion); Claudia Fontaine (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Jay Reynolds; Laurie Latham.
  • Recording information: Helicom Mountain Utilising The Pyramid Room; Workhouse.
  • Photographers: Olivia Harrison; Mary McCartney Donald; Albert Watson ; Christabel McEwen; Brian Rasic; Andr? Csillag.
  • Although this is nominally credited to Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, really this is a 22-track various-artists compilation with Holland's ensemble serving as the house band. The lineup of old and new, superstar and cult talent is impressive, even if many of them are past their prime: Sting, John Cale, Stevie Winwood, Taj Mahal, Jamiroquai, Paul Weller, Joe Strummer, Dr. John, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison, Paul Carrack, and Eric Clapton are some of the artists given a track. Holland has described his music as big band blues, and that's an apt description for a good deal of the songs, whether it's Sting's "Seventh Son," Taj Mahal's "Outskirts of Town," or Morrison's "Back o' Town Blues." Actually, though, some of this is soul, AOR rock, or ska. That doesn't necessarily count as a strike against the record, it just makes the groove less consistent. There is a consistent, hepped-up party mood, though one that's unrelenting yet slick enough so that it's rather like a party that tries too hard to succeed and goes on too long. Certainly it will attract the most attention for George Harrison's "Horse to the Water," his last recording (done shortly before his death in late 2001). Harrison was a great musician, but this is not a great or good track; the song isn't much, and his voice, unfortunately, sounds like it's in faltering shape. For the most part it's amiable and unmemorable, hitting its finest note on Steve Winwood's "I'm Ready," in which he (or someone, the part is not detailed in the credits) rips out some organ work straight from the spirit of his Spencer Davis Group days. The ska cuts by Suggs and Jamiroquai actually make for a nice change of pace from the grand blues strutting. There are also some missteps that might have been better left uncontributed, like Paul Weller's cover of Billy Preston's "Will It Go Round in Circles" and Stereophonics' version of the Beatles' "Revolution." ~ Richie Unterberger
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (3/14/02, p.72) - 3 out of 5 stars - "...star-studded, [and] well-played....big names to sing either R& B oldies or new songs that sound old..."

Entertainment Weekly (2/22/02, p.68) - "...An elegant arranged set of R&B and pop chestnuts, presided over by ex-Squeeze keyboardist Holland..." - Rating: B+

Down Beat (4/02, p.64) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Clamorous fun..."
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