Promised Land (Robert Walker album)

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Promised Land
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Studio album by Robert Walker
Released 1997
Genre blues
Length 56:35
Label Rooster Blues
Producer Robert Walker
Jim O'Neal
Patty Johnson
Robert Walker chronology
Promised Land
(1997)
Rompin' & Stompin'
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
PGB 4/4 stars

Promised Land is the first solo studio album released by American blues guitarist Robert Walker after over fifty years of performing. The album was released in 1997 by Rooster Blues. It contains only one original song by Walker himself, with rest being treatments of standards from a wide range of styles.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Goin' to the Train Station" (Cooke) — 6:01
  2. "Please Love Me" (B. B. King) — 4:05
  3. "Just a Country Boy" (Walker) — 7:04
  4. "Promised Land" (Berry) — 3:43
  5. "You Took My Love " (John) — 5:52
  6. "Still a Fool" (Waters) — 3:47
  7. "Wild Side of Life/It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (Carter, Miller, Warren) — 1:55
  8. "Everything Gonna Be Alright" (Magic Sam) — 4:40
  9. "Baby, Baby, Baby" (Cooke) — 2:12
  10. "How Much More/Mama Talk to Your Daughter" (Lenoir) — 3:32
  11. "Better Lovin' Man" (Axton) — 4:39
  12. "Hold That Train, Conductor" (Clayton) — 3:55
  13. "Got My Mojo Working" (Foster) — 4:16
  14. "Berry Pickin'" (Berry) — 2:52

Personnel[edit]

Performers:

  • Robert Walker — guitar, arranger, vocals, producer
  • Sam Carr — drums
  • Frank Frost - organ

Production:

  • Spencer Diablo — digital editing
  • Brent Endres — mixing
  • Duncan Hudson — engineer, mixing
  • Patty Johnson, Jim O'Neal — producer, mixing
  • Susan Bauer Lee, Selina O'Neal — cover design
  • Bill Steber — photography

Reception[edit]

Allmusic says that this album has "no real weak cuts" with "a good number of true gems" but mentions that the audio recorded is subpar for the studio.[1] The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings, however, warms to the audio, equating it to "the sweaty vigour of a juke-join Saturday night."[2] According to reviewer Chris Smith, between this and Rock the Night, Promised Land "has the edge, but only just."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bob Gottlieb. "Promised Land review". Retrieved 2006-12-17. 
  2. ^ a b The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings, album review by Chris Smith pg. 676