Les Paul - American Made World Played

Les Paul & Friends
American Made World Played

(Capitol)

First Appeared in The Music Box, September 2005, Volume 12, #9

Written by John Metzger

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Given the overabundance of guests that appear on Les Paulís latest effort American Made World Played, itís no surprise that the collection is somewhat of a mixed bag. After all, such star-studded outings rarely surpass the expectations that surround them, and although the legendary, 90-year-old guitarist is paired with everyone from world musicís Alsou to soul sensation Joss Stone to Aerosmithís axeman Joe Perry, itís hardly an eclectic affair. Yet, beneath the pristine and polished production flourishes and the largely perfunctory vocal performances, the technical precision of Paul and his disciples succeeds in providing enough energy to sustain the 16-track set. Buddy Guy, Keith Richards, and Rick Derringer, for example, work their magic on a hip-shaking rendition of Good Morning Little Schoolgirl; Beth Hart and Neal Schon join the fun to rip through the incendiary blues of I Wanna Know You; and on (Somebody) Ease My Troubliní Mind and Good News, a bit of studio trickery is employed to resurrect Sam Cooke, thereby allowing Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, respectively, to unite with Paul in tastefully underscoring Cookeís original recordings. Although Paul gets an opportunity to stand in the spotlight and showcase his technique on a multilayered solo romp through Duke Ellingtonís classic Caravan, the collection largely forsakes his jazzier inclinations in favor of more marketable rock Ďní roll bluster. As a result, American Made World Played doesnít provide a true representation of Paulís enormous talent nor does it effectively highlight his influence upon the vast world of music. starstarstar

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48th Annual Grammy Award Winner:
Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Caravan

48th Annual Grammy Award Winner:
Best Rock Instrumental Performance
69 Freedom Special

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Of Further Interest...

Carlos Santana / John McLaughlin - Love Devotion Surrender

Wes Montgomery - The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery

Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions

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American Made World Played is available
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Ratings

1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!

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