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Comin' Home

by Mark Doyle And The Maniacs

The second mind-blowing album of electrifying , mostly original blues rock inspired by the halcyon days of the British Blues Boom of the 60s.
Genre: Blues: English Style
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1. I Just Want To Make Love To You
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4:17 album only
2. Payback's A Bitch
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4:22 album only
3. Mark's Boogie
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4:25 album only
4. I Got To Know You
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4:14 album only
5. Soledad
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6:11 album only
6. Live Snakes
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5:27 album only
7. Comin' Home
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4:45 album only
8. Voodoo Woman
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4:53 album only
9. Please Don't Tell
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4:03 album only
10. Girl Closest To Me
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3:39 album only
11. I Ain't Done Wrong
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12. Maniac
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6:38 album only
13. Under My Breath
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Created as a way to preserve and respect the great music of the British Blues Boom era of the Sixties, Mark Doyle & The Maniacs is the brainchild of guitarist/producer Mark Doyle. Signed to RCA in the early ‘70s with his first band, Jukin’ Bone (who played their own brand of fiery, Anglophilic blues rock), Mark has gone on to record and tour with artists as varied as Meat Loaf, Bryan Adams, Judy Collins, Leo Sayer, and Hall & Oates. A visit to the Discography page at http://markdoyle.com details the 65 albums that Mark has been involved in.
In describing the impetus for making their first record, “Shake ‘Em On Down”, Mark explains: “Old heroes die hard, and these were mine back when I was a teenager and first started playing the electric guitar. I’m sure Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Kim Simmonds had their own heroes – “authentic” blues men like B. B., Albert, and Freddie King, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin and Buddy Guy, but I did not yet know of them, and only discovered them translated and morphed through the brilliant playing of those four English kids.”
None of this would mean anything without a killer, hand-picked band to lay the music down “just as those guys had to do it: live in the studio.” In describing his “posse of energetic, passionate and similarly reverent bandmates”, Doyle says:
“I couldn’t have surrounded myself with a better band. Jack “Penetrator” Lipton handles the punk snarl of those “garage blues” days better than anybody I know; Terry Quill rose to the occasion when I called him and asked him to dust off his old harps, that I was looking for Brian Jones and Keith Relf rather than Paul Butterfield. Less of a surprise is Terry’s always great guitar playing. Michael P. Ryan shares the lead vocals with Jack, and plays excellent bass throughout. I really enjoyed watching him discover the British Blues from our era. And then there’s the incomparable Frank DeFonda, who really is the engine that propels all of this along. And kudos to Jocko, the “6th Maniac”, for immersing himself in the whole ethos of the original versions and bringing his engineering and mixing chops to the table.”
“Shake ‘Em On Down” took you on a wild ride through Them’s “Mystic Eyes” and then went on to cover The Yardbirds, Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown, and John Mayall, ending with Robin Trower and one original song, “New Set of Blues.” The brand new disc, “Comin’ Home”, features nine original songs written by Mark and various other combinations of the Maniacs. “We were intent on making the music of the British Blues Boom era a living thing, rather than a museum piece,” Doyle says. “The new songs we’ve written manage to evoke the spirit of the era while remaining contemporary. And we still went for capturing lightning in a bottle by recording the album as live as possible. The difference is that we’re now an actual working band that played the songs in front of audiences over the year between the two albums.”
So here are Mark Doyle & The Maniacs, who on their second release are “Comin’ Home” to the British Blues, with a whole new twist.


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John J D'Angelo

Great Follwup
Not to be content with a tribute album Mark Doyle and the Maniacs have recorded a new album of originals ( with a few covers ) that stand right along with the late sixties British Blues era and capturing their live sound.These originals could have easly been recorded then but the Maniacs have put their own syle to them. Live Snakes has a Bo-Diddly type beat behind some tasteful guitar playing and a very rare vocal by Mark and kind of a nice surprise fun track. Mark's Boogie is his tip of the hat to Jeff Beck. Under My Breath is a stand out track with the fade out featuring some of the most emotional guitar playing ever by Mark. His name may be up front but this is a entire BAND effort. Terry Quill's melodic playing is a nice compliment to Mark. There isn't a better rhytmn pair than Frank DeFonda and Mike Ryan who both are what really drives the band. There is not a better singer than Jack "Penetrator" Lipton who snarly garage vocals fit in perfectly. He should be "Maniac" Lipton and walk down the other side of the street if you see him. Check out the great vocals of Jack and Mike on Soledad. And much to Mark's credit , like the pevious album he doesn'tre-invent the British covers but stays very faithful to the originals while adding his own style of the music he loves and the Mamniac sound. If you enjoyed Shake Em On Down you will like this even better with every ones talent shing on the original tracks.
It doesn't get much better than this.