You Know, You Don't Know

Al Basile

You Know, You Don't Know
Performed By Al Basile
Album UPC 669469097329
CD Baby Track ID TR0001889798
Label Sweetspot
Released 2015-09-18
BPM 109
Rated 0
ISRC QM9AA1517915
Year 2015
Spotify Plays 247
Writer Alfred Charles Basile
Pub Co Kenoza Music
Composer Alfred Charles Basile
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing Grant
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Pub Grant
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - Rhode Island


New songs in classic 60s soul blues and gospel style


B's Expression is Al Basile's twelfth solo CD release on Sweetspot. Like his others, it's produced by Duke Robillard and uses the Duke Robillard Band to back up Al on this newest collection of his songs. It also uses Roomful of Blues alumni horn players Doug James and Carl Querfurth. Al's been nominated for a Blues Music Award four times in the last five years, and his discs routinely place in the top 15 on the Living Blues charts. Often referred to as the Bard of the Blues, Al writes some of the best songs in the genre; his singing and cornet playing stand out with world class backup and production from Duke and his band.

Review quotes on 2014 release Woke Up in Memphis:

Resilient and rubbery rhythms, with some of the breeziest horn accompaniment this century's side of Soulsville, Basile's Woke Up in Memphis is toe-tapping class all the way.
Mark Uricheck, Living Blues

It sounds like it could have been some Stax/Hi stuff that was just unearthed from behind some secret door behind some forgotten console.  This is must hearing for when you want to listen to music as opposed to listen to product.  A real deal of real stuff, Basile continues to refuse to disappoint. Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Basile has always been a first-rate song writer and all tracks bear his signature. His lyrics are personal, incisive, and always interesting...Guest vocalist Sista Monica Parker propels “Make A Little Heaven” into a gospel fused extravaganza. David Bowling, CASHBOX

Were Wolfman Jack still around and flippin' discs over the airwaves, he'd be one of Basile's biggest fans... Toss it in the player, turn the volume up, grab a few sixers, invite friends over, and forget that bankers and politicos are ruining the world. You can worry about that tomorrow, today you deserve a little 'you time'…no, make that a LOT of 'you time'. Play the CD more than once. Mark S. Tucker, FAME

Basile’s warm vocals are a great fit with this material and he’s as comfortable on the soul and R&B tracks as he is on the straight blues numbers... In my opinion, Woke Up In Memphis stands as his best release yet, and I eagerly await his next musical venture. Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes

Al Basile’s prowess as both a songwriter and a cool vocal storyteller has earned him the moniker of “The Bard Of The Blues.”  On his latest album, he’s teamed up with some old (and new) friends to release “Woke Up In Memphis,” fourteen originals that would’ve been right at home on the Stax or Hi labels back in the late-Sixties...This one, with its unique blend of blues, gospel, and R & B, is certain to raise the bar even higher for this outstanding bluesman!  Don and Sheryl Crow, Nashville Blues Society
A soulful singer, superb cornet player and master songwriter, Basile is once again joined by his Roomful alumni Duke Robillard who not only lays down some wonderful guitar but also produces this set. If you have yet to discover Al Basile then this is as good a place as any to start – but beware … if you buy this you will be searching out its predecessors. Mick Rainsford, Blues in Britain

Some albums demand to be reviewed. Walter Trout’s spectacularly heartfelt The Blues Came Callin’ is one. This is another, produced by Duke Robillard. The lyrics, sung in a very clear vocal, are beautiful, meaningful and original...the album is distinctive, and if it were a book, it would be very hard to put down...This album is good for the soul. Darren Weale, Blues Matters (UK)

This is one of those albums that has a timeless quality.  It will be just as powerful and relevant twenty years down the road as it is today.  A master at what he does, Al Basile belts out his music with a passion that can only be obtained when one is willing and able to open himself up to his audience and pour it all out freely.  On top of all his other talents, Basile is a storyteller.  To say that this may well be his best work to date is tough given the scope of his accomplishments but, one thing I can say without reservation is that I felt better after listening to this album than I did before listening to it.  Woke Up In Memphis could easily be considered a modern masterpiece.  If you like blues and Memphis soul, this is a good album to add to your collection.  This is one piece I could recommend to anyone and everyone without reservation.  It doesn’t get much better than this. – Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blue

I highly recommend "Woke Up In Memphis" for any lover of a infectious set of Blues, R&B, and Soul, cleverly and skillfully mixed with some really fine Gospel. John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

It is full of grit, truth and the aura of late-night-jamming sweatiness. Did I mention a top-notch horn section? That’s a given, I know, but the brass on this album is almost reason enough to purchase it. Almost, I said, because the rest of the reason is the spirited vocal and cornet delivery from Al Basile. He is one of the cornet greats. Just give it a listen, close your eyes and you’d swear you just woke up in Memphis. PARCBENCH

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