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Review Date: October 2007
by Arthur Shuey
“The blues is in good hands. This is the person who has the voice, the sound and the right intentions to touch everybody's heart.” - Carlos Santana, commenting on Tommy Castro.
An aptly titled release, “Soul Shaker” is centerpieced by “The Holdin' On,” a soulful ballad that points out, with concise and absolute precision, the source of the pain that fills and overflows the gap left in one's life by the departure of a lover ... “It's not the letting go ... it's the holdin' on.” There has not been a release like this since Otis Redding's “Otis Blue,” and even that immortal soul bombshell, with its several classic, irreplaceable moments, lacked the consistent quality of “Soul Shaker.”
Going on at more length about these dozen magnificent tracks would be superfluous. “Soul Shaker” is a great, great CD.
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