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Eclectic Soul

by Oscar Jordan

A sonic treat and homage to the 1960s and 70s. It's a soulful blend of great compositions mixing rock, funk, blues, and jazz influences.
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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1. Never Been Hurt
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2. Morning Affirmation
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3. Hendrix T-Shirt
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4. Rough Neck
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5. Like A Lover Should
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6. Loretta
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7. You And I
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8. I Liked You Better When You Were Drinking
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9. Be Cool
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10. Sing Your Song
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11. Ruination
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12. These Blues
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Oscar Jordan is set to release his highly anticipated new album Eclectic Soul (Big Oscar Music) on Thursday July 1st. Recorded and mixed at Grandma's Warehouse in Los Angeles, this release finds Oscar Jordan drawing from his well of musical influences to create a fresh and varied collection of original compositions. While his connection to the blues is still evident, Jordan adds to the mix other ingredients such as funk, rock, Latin, gospel, r&b, and jazz, weaving a diverse tapestry of solid material. Eclectic Soul is Oscar Jordan's first new release since 2001's critically acclaimed Mister Bad Luck.

"Mister Bad Luck was a wonderful recording covering many facets of the blues. I'm very proud of it, but blues is only a piece of the pie," said Oscar Jordan. "Who grows up with a strict diet of blues? When I began compiling songs for Eclectic Soul it seemed like a bunch of great songs that should be on different albums. I later realized that it was because contemporary albums are so genre specific. On a heavy rock album you get heavy rock, on a blues album you get blues. Eclectic Soul is a throw back to rock albums of the 60's and 70's. Those albums had stylistic leaps from song to song. Bands like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and Traffic, gave us a wider musical picture. You heard the heaviest rock song, an acoustic composition, and after that blues. Eclectic Soul is an honest musical creation. It's not about labels and name tags. Just good music."

The release of Eclectic Soul begins a new chapter for Oscar Jordan. With a wider musical scope and vision, this new release spotlights top-flight songwriting and raw energy. Produced by Phil Bloch (Solomon Burke, Terry Evans, Ry Cooder) and engineered by Andrew Bush, the album's 12 tracks feature the singles "Never Been Hurt" and "Like a Lover Should." Eclectic Soul has the passion of Dave Matthews, and the fire of Lenny Kravitz, with a richly unique voice that's says Oscar Jordan.

The Mighty Sons of Hercules are: Oscar Jordan, songwriter, guitars, vocals; Randal Yamamoto, bass; Alex Lane, keyboards; and Nick Karvon, drums. Guest vocalists include Terry Evans and Karen Dilworth. Guitarist/Songwriter T.J. Sullivan co-authors three songs and contributes Dobro and Mandolin.


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Jay Septoski


I was looking forward to getting this one and I was not dissapointed after listening to it a few times. I'm a little bit jaded in this genre but Oscar delivers the goods in a big way. In my opinion blues/ rock is all about the quality of the singer, I've seen and heard hundreds of records where the band kicks it but the vocals aren't quite up to par. This isn't the case with this CD. It's obvious from beginning to end that this is a first rate band that flows effortlessly from stank-ass, funky blues to Latin flavored Santana-esque grooves with nods to the classic soul stylings of the masters like Otis Redding and Al Green. The key element for guitar freaks is the sublte nod to the spirit of Hendrix which to me means soulful and toneful guitar playing that smolders, then burns and then just explodes.

If you are a fan of classic rock, blues and soul then this is a must have. Oscar Jordan is the real deal with a guitar in his hands but when he steps up to the mic he brings it big time. He is the ultimate one/two musical punch.

You don't know me but I say buy it now!

Wes Powell


Self proclaimed "blues heretic" or not, Oscar Jordan delivers the blues on this CD while mixing in a healthy dose of gospel, rock, and soul. The CD opens with Never Been Hurt which features some excellent bass playing under a funky guitar wah riff with tasty licks galore throughout. The funk continues with Morning Affirmation which introduces the Hammond B-3 organ to the disc. Hendrix T-Shirt is one of the coolest song titles I've ever heard. Other standouts are Loretta which is 8 and a half minutes of pure blues heaven, You and I which is more than a small tip of the hat to Carlos Santana, Ruination with it's traditional blues feel, and These Blues which lives up to it's title nicely with some beautiful acoustic work. Oscar's vocals are as surprising as his guitar work, however, as the performances simply ooze emotion. The track listing is as follows:

Never Been Hurt
Morning Affirmation
Hendrix T-Shirt
Rough Neck
Like A Lover Should
Loretta
You and I
I Liked You Better When You Were Drinking
Be Cool
Sing Your Song
Ruination
These Blues

This CD has tone written all over it and Oscar has a way of weaving in and out in a kind of crazy way sometimes but always winds up back in the pocket which is very cool. In short, I dig it.

-wp

Daniel G. Fitzgerald

Dad rock that actually rocks!
The strenghts of Eclectic Soul are evident on the first track. "Never Been Hurt" is a thick slab of hard rhythm & blues (emphasis on the blues, of course). Guitarwise there's nods to modern blues, as well as dirty rock stuff like Guns & Roses and the Black Crowes. It's not a purist's take on R&B or hard rock, but a funky blend o' the best of both.


The album's absolute high point is "Loretta" -- heartbreaking instrumental w/ little hints of sunlight. While the guitaring is top notch, that's mean diddly if it wasn't paired with the lovely bittersweet melody we've got here. Jordan isn't afraid to let things get nasty. Where many would be tempted to get mannered w/ a song as delicate as "Loretta," Oscar digs in and makes it howl.

Anton Pukshansky

An excellent and original work - a fresh and enjoyable take on the Blues!
"Eclectic Soul" absolutely lives up to its name - it is both eclectic and soulful. Oscar Jordan comes up with a range of songs that cover a lot of stylistic ground while still staying true to their blues/r&b roots. Oscar's singing is passionate and direct, his guitar playing pushes the boundaries of the genre while remaining honest and un-pretentious and The Mighty Sons Of Hercules are a VERY tight unit, playing with fire, competence and joy. This CD is a must have for anyone who enjoys blues, soul and R&B, or good music in general!

Scott Gordon

The songs really reflect the album title.
Instead of strictly staying with the blues, the Mighty Sons of Hercules decided to stretch their musical legs and dig into some funk, soul, gospel, and rock as well. You can really hear a wide range of influences in Oscar's playing too, ranging from Santana to Led Zep III era Jimmy Page to Dio era Vivian Campbell.

For me, the standout tracks were Never Been Hurt, Rough Neck, Loretta, and Sing Your Song. The opener, Never Been Hurt, features funky guitar riffs backed by some great bass playing and a searing wah drenched solo to top it all off. Rough Neck is somewhat reminiscent of something Jimmy Page might have played circa Led Zeppelin's third album. Loretta, an eight and a half minute jam, sounds more like traditional blues, and has a fine motif, as well. The guitar playing on Sing Your Song is possibly my favourite out of the entire album.

Overall, the band sounds very tight. Oscar has quite a set of pipes as well as being a top notch guitar player. The production is warm sounding, and all the instruments are easily heard. This album comes highly recommended.

Steve

Oscar Jordan's "Eclectic Soul" is a powerful work showing his great versatility
The opening track, Never Been Hurt, starts off with gospel harmonies, then kicks into a jam that will get your funk going strong.

With fine accents from Alex Lane on keyboards, Morning Affirmation shows a more contemplative side of Jordan.

Hendrix T-Shirt is a complete change of gears. Introspective piano work and Jordan's clear, slightly husky voice take us on a ride into a man's soul.

Rough Neck goes for a deeper blues feeling and features some fine slide guitar work.

Loretta is an instrumental with Randal Yamamoto's slinky bass line setting the tone. The piece is reminiscent of the best of Mark Knopfler's work, and this track is followed by You and I with a Latin syncopation, very evocative of Carlos Santana.

I Liked You Better When You Were Drinking brings us Karen Dilworth on lead vocal. Her work is superb, and not only on this song; she adds class and beauty throughout the disk with her delicious background vocals. This is a song of broken love with a sense of humor, and it's a great piece of writing by Jordan.

Be Cool has a very jazzy feel and a 'poolside in Vegas' kind of vibe. Then it's back to driving guitar rock with Jordan's searing, howling lead work on Sing Your Song.

Ruination sees Jordan going back to his true Chicago blues roots for a heapin' helpin' of down and dirty blues, but there's a surprising military drumbeat just to throw us off track and keep things fresh. We finish out the disk with These Blues, an acoustic piece with Dilworth's fine background vocals. This track shows what a versatile musician, writer, singer and guitar player Oscar Jordan is.

Eclectic Soul by Oscar Jordan and the Mighty Sons of Hercules is a fantastic piece of work that should be in anyone's collection.

John Graham


Oscar Jordan has gotten back to the core of why TRUE
Rock and Roll bands such as Led Zeppelin and The
Rolling Stones considered themselves: blues bands.
It is, in my humble opinion, because Blues spawned
Rock. Artists from The Beatles to Santana may admit that as well.
This hard driving Rock/Blues second effort from
Oscar proves that Rock is alive and well. From 'Never
Been Hurt" to "These Blues," this album rocks from the
Delta to Chicago. My personal favorite is "Hendrix T-Shirt;" containing the lyric 'I walked a mile for a Camel to a house called Betty Ford.'
It's a fantastic journey through the guitar
wizard/word-smith that is Oscar Jordan. The album
art alone should be enough to, at least, get one to taste a
sample. The lyrics, musicianship, arrangement,
production, and craft-work that build this
revolutionary breakthrough should be heard
by anyone that enjoys music. Enjoy!

Newlife_tv@hotmail.com

great songs,each different, with elements of jazz, blues, soul,good song order
the cd Electric Soul, is a great work of art,the music, song selections, order and arrigements have a true touch,of Jordan majic, with a blend of difference; reminding me of the great B'B and Albert King.I will make this Cd a music......

Nosaj Selwonk

Blimin' 'eck
Tasty.

Paul Kenedy

There's one than one shade of blue-- and blues-- in the rainbow
You have to be old enough to appreciate what Oscar Jordan has done on Eclectic Soul. Eclectic, yes. Soul? Dripping with it. But "traditional blues?" Nope.
Yes, you've gotta be old enough to remember where music was in the late 60's, early 70's--before corporate evil stepped in. There were bands like Humble Pie, Savoy Brown and Electric Flag; mixing and matching genres of music and blurring the lines between them. For them, as Oscar, it was nothing to mix the funky (Never Been Hurt) with the jazzy (These Blues); the moody (Loretta) with the rootsy (Rough Neck). My personal favorite is Be Cool, Oscar's sly tip of the fedora to Jimi (don't believe me? Dust off your copy of Bold As Love and listen to Up From The Skies!)
On a more pragmatic level, Eclectic Soul show trememdous maturity and growth in Oscar's writing and guitar playing, with lots of sympathetic backing from the Mighty Sons, one tight bunch of mothers.
Don't be afraid. Broaden your musical horizons. There are many many shades of blue in this musical box of Crayolas. Enjoy them all.
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