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Mojo DECEMBER 2006 - by Fred Dellar
JOOLS HOLLAND & HIS RHYTHM AND BLUES ORCHESTRA: MOVING OUT TO THE COUNTRY
Jools heads West with a caravan of stars.
Keyboard-wise, Greenwich's boogie baron operates in country classic territory - Jerry Lee, Floyd Cramer and Moon Mullican spring to mind - and acquits him self extremely well. So success or failure here relies on the interpretative talents of various singers. Thankfully, Ruby Turner, KT Tunstall and Solomon Burke maintain their reputations, Richard Hawley croons Hank Williams in a mellow way, Mark Knopfler dips into the same songbook, while Brian Eno creates a surprising version of Waylon Jennings' Dreaming My Dreams With You, that remains true to his own image while proving suitable for Oprah consumption. There are flaws. A rendition of I Wish I Was 18 Again finds Tom Jones sadly miscast. Even so, Moving Out... is one of Jools Holland's most rewarding creations to date.