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Lord Loves A Working Man

by Lord Loves A Working Man

A 9-piece band inspired by the raw and emotive sound of the Southern Soul shouters and horn-driven Rhythm & Blues of the 1960s.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. You Threw Out Your Lifeline
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2. Just A Good Time
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3. The New Hat
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4. Hard Times
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5. Yuba City Breakdown
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6. I'll Make It Up To You
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7. Can't Remember Her Name
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8. Get On Top
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9. The Anthem
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10. Make It Real
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Lord Loves A Working Man aren't ghostbusters, but on their new album they capture the spirit of 60's era Soul with supernatural accuracy.


The problem with soul music, especially music that you see nowadays marketed as soul music, is that it is often soulless. Slick, well-packaged R&B groups equipped with multi-million dollar backing tracks have usurped the positions once held by musical pioneers like Otis Redding and his legendary backing band, Booker T and the MGs.

In that sense, the latest release from San Francisco's Lord Loves a Working Man is the ultimate soul throwback. With a sound rooted in classic recordings from decades past, the group's eponymous full-length release reaches back and attempts to reconnect with the source of soul music. It's like a seance with dancing, and if you listen closely you can hear a little bit of everyone in there: some James Brown here, some Al Green there...

A mixed bag of originals, obscure covers and instrumentals, the album has a nice momentum to it, from the opening lines of "You Threw Out Your Lifeline" to the epic horn interplay in "Make It Real", it is full of dynamic grooves and raw energy.

Part of LLAWM's charm is how closely they manage to stick to their mission of revisiting 60's era soul without letting it get stale. On the more frenetic instrumentals like "New Hat," the group is channeling Muscle Shoals era R&B, but it doesn't sound like they are playing a style of music that is 40 years old. They could just as easily be referencing "Where It's At" era Beck.

With the spotlight focused upon their collective "soul mission," it's pretty easy to forget that LLAWM is also a great group of individual players. They have the good sense to lay low when vocalist Ben Flax delivers his lines, but also manage to execute savvy solos and dynamite intro riffs with precision. Especially the hot and squawk-filled lines saxophonist Jason Ditzian lends to the aforementioned "New Hat".

On the ballad "I'll Make It Up To You", keyboardist Rob Reich accompanies Ben Flax's plaintive vocal with lush chords and counter-melodies that draw the tune towards its scintillating climax.

The arrangements on LLAWM's record, the bridges, tones and melodic elements, are sketched with an uncanny precision by the group. They invoke the spirit of old soul music in a respectful and playful way. And in an era where most folks are focused on the "next big thing", it is good to see there are some kids still kicking around the old ideas and keeping them fresh.


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A great gift for your girlfriend OR your mom
Well I suppose if you can't have the whole band in your car replete with the 28" bass drum and 3-piece horn section this CD will have to do. Tastefully chosen covers mix seamlessly with great original tunes. You'd be right to be suspicious of "modern soul" but fear not! Lord Loves a Working Man delivers ludicrously sweet, marvelous and bona fide shakers and mopers. My favorite is New Hat.


Bourbon and sweat!
Wow! Sippin' bourbon, sweat, the joint is jumping-- The group brings a driving beat and soulful wail into the hot night... The band is tight, the play is grooved and the singer lets it all out. Check it out.

Sara James

Even an ol' gal like me can enjoy these boys!
The smoothness of the energetic sounds on this album make it fun to listen to with a group in a bar or for driving through the city at night. I still can not figure out how the lead vocalist hits his high notes.

Masaki Yamanaka

Why aren't all bands this good?
Buy this CD now before these guys get signed and this becomes a collector's item. I found out about these guys totally by accident and now they're one of my favorite new bands.

Masaki Yamanaka

Why aren't all bands this good?
Buy this CD now before these guys get signed and this becomes a collector's item. I found out about these guys totally by accident and now they're one of my favorite new bands.

Masaki Yamanaka

Why aren't all bands this good?
Buy this CD now before these guys get signed and this becomes a collector's item. I found out about these guys totally by accident and now they're one of my favorite new bands.

Austin McDonald

Fantastic!! A real suprise, play it loud and often
The energy of this group is great. The original songs sound like old classics, they make the couple of barely-known covers their own. The singer has got a real set of pipes that's perfect for this type of music. I only wish there were a few more up-tempo shakers, but that's why a group makes more albums, of which I hope they will.

cece baloian

Great party dance band!Good looking, talented musicians, romantic songs.
Finally a band you can really dance to. A romantic lead singer and a tight, upbeat band with good looking, talented musicians makes for a fun night out. The CD quality and songs are great but you have to see them Live!

CD Baby

Feeling a bit nostalgic for the 1960s? The appropriately named, 9-piece band, "Lord Loves A Working Man," is fully-inspired, classic, old school rhythm and blues, powered by unforgettable horns and keyboards, touched with a golden streak of Otis Redding and Sly and the Family Stone. Dripping with that vibe of southern soul shouters, this gang nails the genre on the head so perfectly that you'd never know it was 2005. They have proven that no matter how great the old R&B masters might have been, there's always room for one more, always room in the heart and head for more of this classic style.