Ted Hawkins: The Next Hundred Years (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab UDCD 702).
I've complained in these pages before about the way that MFSL resurrects music from the past that would best be left buried and forgotten -- but every time I get discouraged with their choices, they pull a switcheroo and release a gem such as The Next Hundred Years. What a joy! The late Ted Hawkins (who passed away on New Year's Day in 1995) was a street singer who spent years singing for tips on Venice Beach. This recording was originally released by Geffen Records in 1994, and although it got good critical recognition, it was hardly a best seller. MFSL has given it the GAIN treatment and released it on an expensive gold disc that is worth every penny. Hawkins is a completely convincing performer, combining the power of the blues with an utterly sincere and devoted delivery that makes every song seem like the most convincing song ever written. You just won't believe how good this CD is until you hear it for yourself. Get it, and you will be transfixed. -- KWN
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|Author:||Nehring, Karl W.|
|Article Type:||Sound Recording Review|
|Date:||Nov 1, 1997|
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