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Greg Fingers Taylor Hi Fi Baby Show Pass

Greg Fingers Taylor Hi Fi Baby Show Pass

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Special Show Pass For The Album Release, "Hi Fi Baby" by Greg "Fingers" Taylor.

These are very rare and we only have 8 in stock!

That is evident on Taylor’s latest release — “Hi Fi Baby.” With 11 blues-infused tracks, Taylor delivers some of the grittiest and meanest harmonica playing ever.

Taylor is long time member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, and his harmonica has graced dozens of records since the early 1970s. “Hi Fi Baby” is his fifth studio album, and his first since 1996’s “Old Rock 'n' Roller."

Where Taylor succeeds is his ability to turn a new recording into a timeless wonder. To an unknowing listener, the album sounds as if it could have been recorded 40 years ago for a little known blues label and stashed away on a shelf somewhere.

Taylor’s harmonica versatility ranges from an upbeat “2 X’s 9,” the album’s closing track, to the brooding blues of “Sleeping in the Ground.” In the latter, Taylor lays down some terrific harmonica licks on top of a slew of guitar riffs, compliments of Doug Deming and Troy Gonyea.

“I would rather see you sleeping in the ground, than to be around here, knowing you’re going to put me down,” Taylor sings, later trading lines with harmonica fills and taking the opportunity to show his mastery of the instrument, particularly the higher register.

But the album’s highlight is the fourth track — “I Want My Fleetwood Back.” Opening with a whirl from Mark Stevens’ Hammond B-3 organ, Taylor’s harp chimes in and steals the show. Between a casually driving beat from drummer Richard Innes, Taylor sings lyrics about a “Fleetwood Cadillac,” Taylor serves out some of the album’s best harmonica.

The album was recorded during a two-day session in December 2002 in Ann Arbor, Mich. The album’s producer, Kim Wilson, adds some harmonica of his own on two tracks — Deming’s “Whisper” and “It Ain’t Easy.”

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