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Electric Mile Import

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  • Audio CD (April 18 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00005HWMV
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
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Japanese pressing of the Philly-bred singer/songwriter's fifth studio album includes two bonus tracks, 'Hammer' & 'Lovin'. 15 tracks. 2001.


Seemingly growing more content with his outsider status with each new release, former Sony great white hype Garrett "G. Love" Dutton appears in no hurry to update his band's back-porch hip-hop-and-blues sound. On his fifth studio album with Special Sauce--bassist Jim Prescott and drummer Jeff Clemens--themes of positivity and spiritual satisfaction remain at the fore, while the laidback grooves sound more effortless than ever, particularly on the '70s-drenched title track and the tender "Sara's Song." There is a breezy nod to Bob Marley on the ska-inflected "Praise Up," and "Night of the Living Dead" features a fractured falsetto vocal, but major diversions are rare on Electric Mile, an album that is virtually interchangeable with the trio's self-titled 1994 debut. And that's no bad thing. --Jaan Uhelszki --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Electric Mile - 3 Stars/ Ridin' High - 5 Stars July 28 2003
By Blackberries - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
These guys have evolved throughout their careers with different focuses on each of their cds, rendering most of their albums very enjoyable. The Electric Mile, however, just seems unfocused. I can't fault G for trying to move in new directions because it served him well in the past, but the dabbling into ska/reggae territory with Unified and Praise Up comes off as paltry and cliched in comparison to G's other creative, authentic songs. Night of the Living Dead sounds more like the good old sway of the band that I've grown to familiarize and love, but the cd digresses again with Parasite. The music on this track, especially the bass, is pretty tight, but the superfluous execrations ("You're just a f***ing parasite" ad nauseam) water down the message which is good until the chorus. The rest of the songs on the cd are ok, none of them standing out in my mind as noteworthy other than 100 Magic Rings which is a soaring beauty and the bizarre, phsychadelic reprise of Free At Last.
The Electric Mile is packed with an accompanying disc entitled "Ridin' High." It has 10 songs in all, 4 reprises and 6 originals. Tracks 3-6 on this cd are really great. 3 is called Break Away. It's just very mellow and very easy to get into. I like it a lot. 4 is called Sea Shells- it shows off G's rhyming skills exquisitely. 5 and 6 are called House Stirs the Soup and Writing on the Walls, respectively. Both songs sound strikingly similar, using nearly the same guitar lines, possibly just in different keys. That doesn't matter much though because both of these songs are really happy and upbeat, and the unique chords are really bedazzling.
All in all, the purchase of "The Electric Mile" and "Ridin' High" is well worth the money of any G. Love & Special Sauce fans, but for people thinking about buying this as an introduction to the group, try "Yeah, It's That Easy," or the bands first album, "G. Love & Special Sauce" instead.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars funky but inadequate April 24 2001
By Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
well G. Love and the Special Sauce have come back with their fifth studio album, and much has changed. Their last CD, Philadelphonic, was definitely my favorite and brought a new and updated sound to their bluesed funked out riffs. Therefor I definitely thought this Cd would continue with the momentum, however in my eyes it failed. The opening riff on Unified is a great example, it is a direct rippoff of a sublime song and definitely not as groovy as the original. Praise Up continues on with more little originality, it sounds like a Bob Marley throw away. However the album does have its highlights like Parasite, featuring the amazing Jasper, and the delightful 100 Magic Rings. With help from John Medeski and Billy Conway from the defunct Morphine, this album had plenty of potential. In the end it is still G. Love and that is why it is still good because there is no one like him in the industry. The album is good if you have never heard G. Love before, but for familiar fans Coast to Coast Motel is still the ultimate. Peace and one love!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm still travelin the Electric Mile Feb. 15 2002
By Mark Rendeiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
G.Love never fails... from one album to another I'm never disappointed. Electric mile is exactly what I've been waiting for ever since I got Philadelphonic. IF you want to know why -- then you must... I repeat MUST start Travelin' the electric mile. PRAISE UP... this album is awesome.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars G Love returns... but not with the best work Aug. 7 2001
By J Cox - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While the groovy, bluesy attack offered by "Electric Mile" certainly spends quality time in my CD player, I find that it is simply mediocre when compared to previous works. Once again the sound is completely recognizable as G Love, but gone from this album is the creative lyrical arrangements and jam-feel musical background.
Songs like "Parasite" and "Praise Up" are often repetitive and lyrically "blah". "100 Magic Rings" repeats its name-sharing chorus nearly 50 times throughout the song.
While the album is certainly a long shot from the quality work that has appeared from G Love and Special sauce previously, it is still one that will always have your butt moving. I would give the album only 3 stars, but I just can't bring myself to trashing this album completely. If you can get over the non-creative aspects, you will find that musically the album is mediocre, but coming from a band who is possibly beyond their talent at times.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars G Love comes back with another good album April 25 2001
By Northwest88 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I really enjoy this album and I think that everyone else will too. I was sort of expecting more of a hip-hop feel, more Philadelphonic style, but I was impressed with his lack back style this time. If you are a G-Love fan this album is a must. Jasper makes his first return as well in a great track called "parasite." ... . G Love is one of my favorite artists and he backs up the his other four albums very well. I particularly enjoyed a song called "rain jam." It was incredible, simple and astoudingly beautiful. The rest of the album too. ... .

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