Recorded on the sly over the course of a few courtyard gigs at the Hilton, the fun, exciting sound on this CD represents a band finally breaking out of the clubs from the wrong side of the tracks and finding themselves thrust into the limelight for Albuquerque's uptown tastemakers.
You can hear the ferocity as the Devils rip into classics like "Messing with the Kid" and the soulful sounds of "Violent Love." Unexpected cover tunes, like Little Willie Littlefield's "Happy Pay Day" grace the disc as well. Perhaps the biggest surprise is the inclusion of the infectious original dance track "Pickemup Truck" which qualifies as a bona-fide R&B classic.
Adding a twist to the standard blues formula, the Devils set a distinctively Brazilian spin on a few numbers. The group succeeds in a seamless blending of Blues and Jazz, R&B and Samba, revealing a common musical legacy.
Built on a solid blues tradition, with sparkles of innovation and musical cross-pollination, "Poolside" is the disc with today's coolest blues tone.
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1. Messing with the Kid
2. San Ho Zay
3. Pickemup Truck
4. Soul Dressing
5. Stop Leading Me On
6. Tony's Tempo
7. Happy Pay Day
8. Violent Love
9. Minor Mood
10. Hip Hug Her