There are some very mixed reviews of this disc, and I'm surprised. Of the seven tracks, the lone vocal is "Drown In My Own Tears," and Gregg Allman sounds great juxtaposed against the classic Trucks slide guitar sound--this slow blues indeed would have sounded right at home on the Allman Brothers LP "Hittin' The Note."
The opening track, "Soul Serenade/Rasta Man Chant" is arguably the longest, with Trucks contributing the familiar licks of the former before a long, slow reggae-influenced slide guitar piece featuring Kofi Bainbridge on flute. Other reviewers have stated that there's too much flute on this recording, and still others have said that there's a drop in quality after the first three tracks. I disagree--every track here is strong, with mostly slow blues numbers featuring tasteful flute charts echoing that beautiful guitar. Although the comparison is apples and oranges, the brief closer, "Sierra Leone," is more acoustic than the rest and reminds me of the way the ABB ended "Eat A Peach" with "Little Martha." All of these tracks are good, though. "Elvin," "Afro Blue," "Bock to Bock" and especially "Oriental Folk Song" more than hold the standard. This is my first introduction to solo Derek Trucks, so I can't speak to his other efforts, but I really like this one.