Popa Chubby review…November 18, 2018…..

POPA CHUBBY

PRIME CUTS

THE VERY BEST OF THE

BEAST FROM THE EAST

POPA CHUBBY PRODUCTIONS  PCP 54323

LIFE IS A BEATDOWN–ANGEL ON MY SHOULDER–HEY JOE–STOOP DOWN BABY–SWEET GODDESS OF LOVE AND BEER–SAN CATRI–CAFFEINE AND NICOTINE–GROWN MAN CRYING BLUES–GO F@@K YOURSELF–HALLELUJAH–SOMEBODY LET THE DEVIL OUT–I CAN’T SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY–DIRTY LIE–DADDY PLAYED THE GUITAR (AND MAMA WAS A DISCO QUEEN)–THERE ON CHRISTMAS

It is hard to wrap my head around the fact that Ted Horowitz, better known to blues fans as Popa Chubby or The Beast From The East.  has been layin’ down these good blues since 1990.  Yep, over the course of the last 28 years, Popa has released some memorable albums, and hand-picked fifteen of his most favorite songs for his latest album, “Prime Cuts.”  It gives you a good dose of where Popa’s coming from, going back to his release of the “Gas Money” album from 1994, with three cuts culled from one of our personal favorites from 2001, “The Good, The Bad, And The Chubby.”  We are also treated to two new, unreleased cuts, one a commentary on our current society, the other, holiday-themed.

Popa’s always tempered his blues with a touch of that NYC ‘tude, and that theme leads off, with “Life Is A Beatdown,” and “only the strong survive.”  He pummels his six strings into submission on two stone party anthems, “Stoop Down Baby,” and the roadhouse-rockin’ tale of two of Popa’s favorite things, “Caffeine And Nicotine.”  “Sweet Goddess Of Love And Beer” features tenor sax from Anders Garman, too.

We had a slew of favorites.  Popa’s always been a disciple of Hendrix, and “Hey Joe” fits the bill perfectly.  He offers up a look at some of the less-than-desirable aspects of our current society, calling out racism and prejudice of all kinds with “Go F@@K Yourself,” with the violin courtesy of his daughter, Theodora Horowitz.   He then offers an olive branch of hope for peace and unity thru a compelling live read of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” culled from his “Wild Live” album from 2004, and closes the set with an unreleased holiday tune that shouts-out to the classic Phil Spector sound, “There On Christmas,” with our good friend Dave Keyes all over the keys.

Popa Chubby had a twenty-eight-year-long playlist  to draw from for his fifteen “Prime Cuts.”  He urges us to play them loud, often, and always, making this an excellent career overview, indeed!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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