Angels Serenade

Angels Serenade


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The front cover of this CD lists the artist as Helm, Hudson & McCoy, but when you pop Angels Serenade into your download-equipped computer, the menu credits it to Thomas McCoy, and in all honesty this music sounds more like the work of that journeyman blues man than a true collaboration. The Helm and Hudson listed on the cover are Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of the Band, and the sessions were recorded at Helm's studio in Woodstock, NY; McCoy eagerly plays up his associations with these landmark musicians in the liner notes, and there's no arguing that they're sidemen nearly anyone would be proud to have on their recording project. But neither Levon or Garth contributed to the songwriting or the production, and while they add a faint taste of the Band's signature sound to these recordings, McCoy is front and center on this disc -- he wrote nine of the twelve songs, plays lead guitar, and sings most of the lead vocals, handing four over to his brother Doug. And while McCoy is a solid guitarist and not bad with a tune, as a lyricist he's a far, far cry from Robbie Robertson or Richard Manuel, with "Ace in the Hole," "Sentenced to Love," and "Blue Water Runs Deep" sounding just as hokey as their titles, and he turns Ray Charles' "Hey Now" into an unfortunately generic sounding blues workout. Levon Helm and Garth Hudson seem to have been elevated from backing musicians to headliner status largely to help Angels Serenade in the marketplace, and while they deliver the fine performances you'd expect, ultimately this is a Tommy McCoy album and it isn't likely to bowl over Helm or Hudson's more discriminating fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2009
Label: Blues Boulevard
UPC: 5413992502271
catalogNumber: 250227
Rank: 90329

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Helm, Hudson & McCoy   Primary Artist
Steve Connelly   Pedal Steel Guitar,12-string Guitar,Guitar (Rickenbacker)
Levon Helm   Drums
Garth Hudson   Accordion,Keyboards,Saxophone,Soloist
Doug Thomas   Guitar,Vocals
Amy Helm   Vocals
Jimmy Bennett   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Tommy McCoy   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Mariano Longo   Horn
Thomas McCoy   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
George Tricomi   Piano
Gary McCoy   Guitar
Branson Welch   Guitar
Justin McCoy   Background Vocals
Tim Eddy   Horn
Anastasia   Bells
Mark McCoy   Bass

Technical Credits

Ray Charles   Composer
Chris Anderson   Engineer
Lowell George   Composer
Steve Connelly   Engineer
Chris Ethridge   Composer
Alfie Falckenbach   Art Direction
Thomas McCoy   Composer,Audio Production
Graham Parsons   Composer
George Tricomi   Composer

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