Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator

January 01, 1970

(Sony Masterworks)




Revelator is a
revelation. It is a divine truth, spoken from the mouths and hands of one damn
big family band. Rooted strongly in Delta blues and Memphis soul, funk and gospel, rock and jazz;
the debut album from TTB is a fluid, musical movement, wherein each song tells
a story through poignant lyrics and organically-developed, modern melodies. It
is an album that is “overflowing with talent and musical familiarity,” as each
member of the 11-piece ensemble brings unique instrumental and improvisational
expertise, creating a strikingly seasoned sound.


Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, the husband and wife duo
behind the TTB collective, do a beautiful job of showing and telling,
respectively, the skeletal outline of Revelator’s narrative. It is one of pain and beauty, of struggle and triumph, but mostly
one of love. A whole lot of love. And it’s a love you can feel in the cohesive
vitality of each track.


Trucks’ superlative slide guitar riffs lead the way, and
Tedeschi’s vocal dexterity, ranging from soothingly soft (“Shelter”) to gritty
and gospel (“Until You Remember”), is showcased throughout. “Midnight in Harlem,” a tune written by harmony singer (and lead
vocalist for The Derek Trucks Band) Mike Mattison, is one of the most
provocatively emotive songs on the album – you can hear the conflicting
feelings of pain and hope in the lyrical imagery.  “Love Has Something Else To Say” accentuates
extended solos from several members of the band, and was written with bassist
Oteil Burbridge (of the Allman Brothers Band) and band family friend Doyle
Bramhall II (guitarist for Eric Clapton).


Revelator is a
beautifully constructed debut, filled with rock-revival gospel thigh-slappers,
strong, expressive ballads and a euphony of talented musicians and songwriters,
echoing the diversity of their influences. It’s continuously conversational,
both musically and lyrically. And it’s certainly worth talking about.



DOWNLOAD: “Midnight in Harlem,” “Bound For Glory,”
“Learn How to Love” PARRY ERNSBERGER

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