Review: Toby Walker – What You See Is What You Get
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 5, 2013
Toby Walker – What You See Is What You Get
For a number of years, the appearances and recordings of Toby Walker have been eagerly awaited by his substantial coterie of fans. They will be nothing less than delighted by this, his latest album. The sixteen tracks comprise five original compositions (one in collaboration with Jeff Steinberg and one with Tom Griffith) and a varied selection of cover versions. Purchase of the CD delivers the added bonus of access to a hidden page on Toby’s website, which provides three additional songs to download, videos of the recording of some of the songs, pictures and stories relating to the guitars used on the album and a guitar lesson.
The album opens with a terrific version of “Baby, Please Don’t Go”, followed by an equally fine rendition of “She’s Into Something” before the first taste of Toby’s infectious humour in the form of “Everything I Want”. A rousing version of the traditional “Glory, Glory” leads to a sensitive delivery of Willie Johnson’s “God Moves On The Water”, which is contrasted by the fast-moving instrumental, “Swing Bean”.
Louisiana Red’s “Dead Stray Dog” is followed by superb versions of “Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl” and “Statesboro Blues” and “Putting On The Blakes”, a splendid, ragtime tribute to Blind Blake. Rube Lacey’s “Ham Hound Crave” makes way for Toby’s excellent take on Furry Lewis’s “Roaches And Bedbugs”, before he delivers the last two original numbers – a headlong dash along “Highway” and another touch of whimsy on “Put Something Stupid On The Tube”. The album ends with a beautifully-played airing of Mississippi John Hurt’s “Got The Blues, Can’t Be Satisfied” and a delicious slice of Sonny Terry’s “Custard Pie”.
The combination of Toby’s great vocals and sublime finger-picking artistry, now expertly complemented by the addition of some top class slide guitar work, delivers a hugely enjoyable album, which is highly recommended.
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