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Call Me

by Hans Theessink

Blues & Roots from a european master with the help of Garth Hudson, Rick Danko and Richard Bell (The Band); Maceo Parker, PeeWee Ellis & Fred Wesley; Bobby King & Terry Evans; Morris Goldberg; Colin Linden and Jon Sass whose tuba lays down the basllines.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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1. Late Last Night
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3:31 album only
2. Call Me
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3:40 album only
3. Mabellene
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2:55 album only
4. Lonely Days & Lonely Nights
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3:27 album only
5. Soul of Song
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5:29 album only
6. Aint Got No Home
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4:34 album only
7. Rock the Boat
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3:21 album only
8. New Orleans
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4:06 album only
9. The Planet
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4:52 album only
10. Bluesdoctor
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3:40 album only
11. Cuckoo
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5:00 album only
12. Sail On
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5:08 album only


Album Notes
1992 Blue Groove BG-4020, produced by Hans Theessink & Colin Linden

For Call Me I invited Canadian producer Colin Linden as a co-producer. I had been playing a lot at festivals in N.America and wanted to invite some of the musicians and singers that I'd met on my travels. Most of the backing vocals were sung by the fantastic Bobby King & Terry Evans (wellknown from their work with Ry Cooder). With Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley we had one of the funkiest horn sections in the universe. In addition we had Garth Hudson, Richard Bell and Rick Danko of "The Band", and South African sax-and pennywhistle wizzard Morris Goldberg on board. We worked at studios in Munich, Woodstock and Los Angeles, hauling the big old tapes around. The work on CALL ME was a beautiful experience and a few of my most requested songs are included on the album: My own "Call Me", "Rock The boat" and Chuck Berry's "Mabellene".


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This is Hans's best album to date
On pure songcraft, performance and sound quality, "Call Me" is Hans Theessink's best album to date. Highly recommended.
Still, for newbies to his music, I'd recommend "Crazy Moon" as an introduction, which is almost as good, so you'll be even more positively surprised by this one.

Despite all the guest stars, the core of the band here are Hans and the tuba player from his band Blue Groove, Jon Sass, who even contributes one of his compositions here, the groovy "Soul Of Song".
There are so many great songs on this album that I don't know what would have been my choice for 1st single. The album kicks off with a train song, "Late Last Night" that gets your feet moving right away. "Call Me" then is a soulful slow song that's so beautiful it can make you cry. And it's not the only song on this album that has done this to me (!)
The 3rd song, Maybelline, is a Chuck Berry cover that Hans makes his own, which is a thing that's very hard to do with Chuck Berry songs. "Lonely Days And Lonely Nights" is amongst the best songs Hans has ever written and recorded and features an amazing horn section. And that album does never run out of steam. "Soul Of Song" further enhances the groove. "Ain't Got No Home" with beautiful guitar and saxophone provides a short breather, whilst "Rock the Boat" and "New Orleans" pick up the pace again, the former haunting and soulful whereas the latter has got that second line beat.
"The Planet" and "Cuckoo" are acoustic numbers with Bobby King and Terry Evans joining in on backing vocals.
"Bluesdoctor" with its great mandolin playing has great rhythm going on that used to cure people from their sadness at the medicine shows of old.
And "Sail On", the album's closer is simply amazing. The other song on here that's so good it can make you cry.
I'd give this album more than just 5 stars if I could.