1972 Detroit Guitar Groove - Proudly
Pressed in Motor City!
The Detroit axeman's debut bursts with soulful, uniquely-styled
instrumentals: impossibly-funky workouts from the man who rigged his
guitar to burst into flames while playing it' with his teeth! A
guitar-led celebration of groove, this LP includes the
oft-covered/sampled 'Zambezi,' 'Rev. Lowdown,' a soulful read of 'Ain't
No Sunshine,' and much more'
'Hot Thang is a document of its era, crossing the bridge from soul to
funk. Eddy's guitar work is the frontman of this album, played on a
Hagstrom acquired on tour in Europe.
In Eddy's own words, 'We
didn't want to be too technical or overly fancy. We want to keep it
simple, funky and plain. We don't want to overdress it, we don't want
too many horns, too many strings or too many keyboards. We want to keep
it as raw as we possibly can get it.'
The album was recorded at
Detroit's Pac 3 Studio with Eddy's lead guitar backed up by Rudy
Robinson on keys, Roderic 'Peanut' Chandler on bass, Sam Witcher on
second guitar, Curtis Sharp on drums, Eddie 'Bongo' Brown on congas,
Johnny Clapton and Thomas Hale on tenor sax, and Gordon Camp on trumpet.
With stripped down layers and impressive playing, Eddy shows his range
with the choice of songs, from the up-tempo blues sounds of the title
track to the tranquilly romantic soul that is 'Message of Love.'
cover of Bill Withers' 'Ain't No Sunshine' is stridently tough,
changing the hauntingly mournful notes of the original version into a
tune that takes no prisoners and keeps it moving no matter what emotions
are being experienced. Eddy's style comes through on the trippy
tropical funk of his take on 'Zambezi.' The blues can be heard again
along with the frenetically paced beats which contrast with the slow
Southern guitar sound of the aptly named 'Down Home.' The laid back and
grooving 'Rev. Lowdown' and 'Just Feeling It' capture the early '70s
Blaxploitation era perfectly, Eddy's staccato guitar licks telling a
story as well as any lyrics.
Though he's undoubtedly the star of
this show, Eddy isn't afraid to give the spotlight to his fellow
players. Check out the organ solo in 'Jubo' for testament to this fact.
In paring down the components, every musical part contributes to the
whole picture just enough. Hot Thang stands out as a timely document
from a uniquely talented musician with roots in blues, soul and
- Kevin Herron (Wax Poetics)