Title - 'Born In The Bronx'
Artist - Handsome Dick Manitoba
For those not in the know, much like myself beforehand, Handsome Dick Manitoba was the leader of the NYC punk group The Dictators starting in 1975.
The group went through a series of break ups and name changes but always with Manitoba as front man.
Born In The Bronx (released November 8th, 2019 via Liberation Hall) is his first solo release and is backed by a lineup of stellar musicians including P.F. Sloan, Michael Shrieve, Simon Kirke and others.
2. 'Back to My TV'
3. 'Eve of Destruction'
5. 'The Cooker & the Hit'
6. 'Big Army Brass'
7. 'Layers Down'
8. 'Callie May'
9. 'Thicker Than Blood'
10. 'Magenta Street'
11. '8th Avenue Serenade'
12. 'Soul, Punk, King of NYC'
13. 'Born in the Bronx'
Kicking off with the melodic slow-punk of 'Shelley,' he moves quickly into the more frenetic 'Back to My TV' and then brings forth his own rendition of Sloan's protest song from mid-1964, 'Eve of Destruction.'
With Sloan backing Manitoba on the storytelling opus 'Eve of Destruction' (a song made famous by Barry McGuire), his playing of harmonica and guitar blend in seamlessly along with his background vocals.
Next up is the gentle rock 'n' roll of 'Surfside' which he backs up tightly with both the electric countrified 'The Cooker & the Hit' and then my own personal favorite, the raucous fun of 'Big Army Brass.'
The upbeat rock 'n' blues of 'Layers Down' is another stand out track and that's followed by the obsessive 'Callie May,' and then the mid-tempo duo of 'Thicker Than Blood' and 'Magenta Street.'
The infectious hipsway of '8th Avenue Serenade' is a real joy to behold, and then the slow blues roll of 'Soul, Punk, King of NYC' adds yet another expertly crafted musical layer to the album, which rounds out with the Mellencamp-esque storytelling of 'Born in the Bronx.'
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