ARTIST:

FRED CHAPELLIER

(FRANCE)
TITLE:

BEST OF 25 YEARS ON THE ROAD

(2020)
LABEL:

DIXIEFROG RECORDS

GENRE:

BLUES

TAGS:
Bluesy, Compilation, Funky, Groovy
""25 Years On The Road" is the synthesis of a life entirely dedicated to the blues by one of the very best French bluesmen of his generation."
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Fred Chapellier is a bluesman, a real one. One of those who discovered the blues in their youth and never got over it. However, to make a name for yourself in the blues, you have to go through the variety or mainstream box. And that's not Fred's thing, at least not in solo. His thing is blues, soul and guitar. And so much the worse for the recognition of the general public. So for all those who don't know this lover of 12 bars, ternary rhythms and pentatonic scales, the compilation "25 Years On The Road" is the ideal gateway to the universe of this great Monsieur of the blues. For the others, it's an opportunity to listen to tracks that have nothing to envy to some of the blues standards.

"25 Years On The Road" includes 18 studio tracks and 16 live tracks. Entirely remastered, the studio tracks show the full range of Fred Chapellier's stylistic influences, his natural tendency to color his blues with soul ('It Never Comes Easy', 'Sweet Soul Music') and funk ('Under The Influence', 'Funk It') and his pure blues guitarist talent ('After Hours'). And even if the groove dominates, emotion is never far away, with magnificent instrumental tracks ('3'45 AM') or heart-rending blues ballads ('A Silent Room', composed in homage to his father, is a marvel of sensitivity and feeling).

The live part of "25 Years On The Road" is a compilation of recordings of five live albums. Chosen with the greatest care, they show the full range of his inspirations, from blues rock à la Stevie Ray Vaughan ('Cold As Ice', 'B Shuffle') to rhythm and blues (the cover of Bobby Bland's 'Good Time Charlie'). Fred Chapellier dominates his subject with his soul voice, often close to that of Bill Deraime ('Rodney's Song', 'Le Blues') and of course his guitar playing. A game forged from his childhood by the study of the three Kings (BB, Freddie and Albert) and especially Peter Green and Roy Buchanan, without a doubt his main influence, to which he pays a vibrant tribute with the magnificent 'Blues For Roy'.

"25 Years On The Road" also includes two brilliant new releases, one in the studio ('Beyond The Mood-part II) and the other live ('I Am A Ram'). This album is the synthesis of a life entirely dedicated to the blues. Let's hope that Fred Chapellier will be able to regale us for a long time to come with his feeling and his flamboyant guitar playing because he is not only a blues player, he is maybe one of the very best French bluesmen of his generation.


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SIMILAR BANDS:
BILL DERAIME, GARY MOORE


TRACK LISTING:
01. Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
02. It Never Comes Easy
03. Saint On The Highway
04. The Gents
05. Sweet Soul Music
06. A Silent Room
07. Crying With The Blues
08. Set Me Free
09. Something about You
10. 3’45 AM
11. Under The Influence
12. Marie Laveau
13. Beyond The Moon Part II
14. Yield Not To Temptation
15. After Hours
16. I Have To Go
17. Funk It
18. Thank You Lord

LINEUP:
Abder Benachour: Basse
Charlie Fabert: Guitares
Denis Palatin: Batterie
Fred Chapellier: Chant / Guitares
Renaud Cugny: Claviers
Axel Bauer: Guitares / Invité
Billy Price: Chant / Invité
Christophe Garreau: Basse / Invité
Guillaume Destarac: Batterie / Invité
Johan Dalgaar: Claviers / Invité
Mike Lattrell: Claviers / Invité
Neal Black: Guitares / Invité
Nico Wayne Toussaint: Chant / Invité
Pascal “bako” Mikaélian: Invité / Harmonica
Philippe Billoin: Claviers / Invité
Philippe Dandrimont: Basse / Invité
Vincent Bidal: Claviers / Invité
Vincent Daune: Batterie / Invité
   
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FANZY LE 5EME RAMONE
05/10/2020
 
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Excellent album ! Rien à envier aux Américains ni aux Anglais. Tout simplement pas n album indispensable à avoir ds sa collection.
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