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Malone Alone

by Bob Malone

Bob Malone live: Billy Joel meets Leon Russell with Dr. John and Tom Waits stopping by for drinks - and Mose Allison drinking them all under the table
Genre: Blues: Piano Blues
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1. I Know He's Your Husband
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2. Like It Or Not
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3. Gold Rush Inn
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4. Sometimes I Wish I Were Me
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5. I Don't Like Little Kids
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6. Valentine's Day
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7. Born A Yankee
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8. Just 'Cause I Sing The Blues (Don't Mean I Want To)
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9. You Think I'd Be Over This By Now
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10. Texas
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11. Tangled Up In Blue
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12. All Around The World
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13. Meet Me In Manhattan
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14. Goodbye L.A.
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15. Solfeggietto/Don't Tell Me Where You've Been (Just Show Me What
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
WINNER: Best Live Album – 2004 Just Plain Folks Music Awards

REVIEWS:

“Dixie-fried vocalist, songwriter and piano pulverizer supreme, Bob Malone, returns with his first live album, Malone Alone, on Delta Moon Records. Fiery performances and on-mic asides reveal the masterful storyteller and musician at his most entertaining.“ MUSIC CONNECTION

“’Malone Alone’ is a pure joy to listen to. Blues humor is also included for no extra charge. A sure fire chart climber!” ROOTS MUSIC REVIEW

“This fourth album from the solo performer was recorded during his 2002 tour before a number of grateful audiences. Comedy and Americana play a large part in what Malone does for his listeners. The album provides plenty. Malone reminds us that humor exists everywhere we go, and we need to stay loose in order to survive. A little medicine from this blues & boogie master will definitely lead us to a longer life.“ SOUTHLAND BLUES

“Finally, an opportunity for everyone to hear what there is to see about a very talented performer. “Malone Alone” features stripped-down versions of all of the tunes that Malone has played in the past, but the bits of conversation he has with various audience members raises this already great CD up another notch.” DAVIS ENTERPRISE

LINER NOTES by PAUL ZOLLO:

It’s a fundamental truth: There are piano men and there are guys who play the piano. And their paths don‘t cross. And Bob Malone is a piano man. When he plays live, you hear it instantly. It’s the real thing. And there’s something that happens when you hear the real thing. It’s something elemental, something intrinsic, something as surefire fundamental as a force of nature. It’s a recognition of real music. And the one thing that Bobby has always had in spades, not to mention diamonds and clubs, is real music. Take the break in the middle of his ode to infidelity, “I Know He’s Your Husband,” resounding with the ghosts of ragtime and Dixieland, it’s as essentially as American as jazz. It’s something he carries around in his vest pocket, close to his heart. The guy’s a train. A locomotive. He criss-crosses America time and again. He’s the train that keeps going. He cooks on the keys. He can light a piano on fire just with the lightning-slick motion of his hands. His voice is the voice of the city, but also the harbor and the boardwalk. He’s known the late night of the soul, so late the sun’s already coming up over the old piers. He’s got a touch of the Carney in his voice, just a shade of the circus, the sideshows and the carnival. But he also happens to have a heart about as big as Manhattan, so while he gives us the great slinky simmering blues-funk groove of “Like It Or Not” he also turns around and tugs our collective heartstrings with classic love songs like “Valentine’s Day,” which are about as romantic as romance gets. He’s funny, he’s sentimental, he rocks, he shuffles, he jams. He takes on a formidable folk fable like Dylan’s “Tangled Up In Blue” and makes it entirely his own, bending it into a whole new shape. He does it with those elemental chords, the building blocks of ageless blues and eternal jazz. They are the links in a long chain that connects Leadbelly with Little John with Little Richard with Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles with Doctor John with Mose Allison and Bob Dylan and it all leads directly to that place that he lives, where Bob Malone can be found eating blues for breakfast, or nursing a big mug of soul late somewhere between the burnt-orange Angeleno afternoon and the silver-black Manhattan skyline. The Man is connected. He’s plugged in. Into that thing you hear when people play and sing who were born to play and sing. God made them that way. They’re not out digging ditches or laying bricks because they’re on this earth to make the music that gives the ditch-diggers and bricklayers a decent reason to get out of bed in the morning. It’s a reason to believe, is what it is, and his music makes believers out of us. To believe that regardless of the cards this world might deal him, he’s not going to fold. He’s the train that keeps going. He’s the train that keeps hope alive. He’s going to give us that great blend, that eclectic electric acoustic amalgamation of sound, of two hands on a piano and one earthy voice in perfect concord. And the ditch-diggers and bricklayers and students of life and the blues will dig what he‘s doing, and he will deepen their days and brighten their nights. And it might not make life perfect. Or even easy. But it sure goes a long way in making it better. And you can’t ask for any more than that.
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Los Angeles based BOB MALONE plays over 100 shows a year all over the world, and he has opened for and/or played with The Neville Brothers, Rev. Al Green, Boz Scaggs, Vonda Shepard, Arlo Guthrie, and many others. He was featured as a “One to Watch” artist on NPR’s Acoustic Cafe, as well as being on a Performing Songwriter Magazine Best of DIYs compilation CD. His music has been featured on Car Talk, and TV shows Dr. Phil, The Rachel Ray Show, Jag, and All My Children. “Born Too Late,” is being played on over 300 NPR and Adult Album Alternative radio stations, including steady rotation at XM Satellite Radio’s Bluesville and The Village. Bob is a three-time recipient of the ASCAP Plus Award for independent musicians.


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Monica

Like sitting down with an old friend
Bob Malone has such a talent for inviting you into his music and making you comfortable. It's like sitting down and visiting with an old friend; telling jokes, catching up and enjoying their company.

Tony Indriolo

Pure, Raw Bob Malone
This is the next best thing to seeing Bob Malone in person. His other CDs, with back-up vocals & complex music arrangements are also good. But, this is pure Bob Malone. I asked if he had a CD of his live performance the first time I saw him live. I was disappointed then. This is a great CD. Bob's stage presence really come through on this disk. Thank You Bob!

Eric Quertermous

Great Live CD From A Great Live Performer
This CD captures Bob Malone perfectly. Whether it's from Malone classics like "I Know He's Your Husband" to newer songs like "Texas" and a GREAT cover of Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue", this CD a must in any Blues collection.

One of the best things about this disc is the fact that Malone keeps a lot of the talking he does to the auidence on the CD. Whether it's a little background to the song or oberservations about life in LA, it was very nice to hear this, adding a layer of intimacy that is missing from a lot of live CD's.

David P

Intelligent writing with a true blues spirit
Bob Malone has quickly become one of my favorite artists. This cd shows off his talents as both a writer and piano player. I have not been able to catch Bob live, so I was awed be the piano work on the cd. Hope Bob makes it to N. Carolina soon.

Dan Kingkade

Bob is way-over the top and I love it!
Bob Malone is a true original and you haven't experienced Bob, until you've seen him, and in this case, heard him "live". I saw Bob open for the Neville Brothers several years ago and he nearly stole the entire show with his story-telling, humor and wild piano escapes. This CD is only lacking the "visual" of Bob. Great quality, a nice mix of Bob classics, hell, it's like having Bob in the living room sitting at your piano...now that's a visual! Buy this CD if you like "true originals", funny and clever song writing and wild piano antics. Even if you don't like those things, buy it anyway.

Claire Mc


Good music, entertaining comments by Bob before each piece, making it a wonderful act.

Martin Hannemann, Germany

Great performance
What a powerfull concert by just one man ! You don't miss a band at all. Bob's got his one style, and prooves it on this CD. I also like the jokes, combined with great music, that's entertainment.

Martin

Joe Hearne

Great Album
Bob Malone is one of the true inventive talents of our time. I'm glad to see that as of March 6th CD baby is out of stock on his CD -- that means that demand for the new CD is greater that everyone expected. Hope that you will have more soon. A terrific album from an amazing artist!

Bruce Musicus

Really captures the feel of his live concerts!
Unlike some of Malone's other CD's which have emphasized his singing, this CD perfectly captures the wild enthusiasm and effortless keyboard mastery that is so evident in his live performances. I've seen Bob Malone twice now (at Johnny D's in Somerville, MA), and I love his gritty voice, his compositions, and the way he can just rip off these fabulous riffs without missing a lyric. This CD captures his solo performance perfectly!

Yvon

Great CD !!!
Everything is good on this CD. Great music, great performance, even some humor. You just feel like having a good time at the bar with Bob !
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