Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Gorgeous Vocal Inflections, Astonishing Acoustic Guitar Lines Possess Incredible Detail!
1994 Self-Titled Major-Label Debut a Folk-Blues Classic!
Pure Blues: National Steel Guitar Playing, Raw Harmonica Solos, Soulful
Strumming Infuse Originals and Pair of Covers!
In an age where most contemporary bluesmen strive to mimic the past and pattern
their music after the greats, Keb Mo is content to be himself. Original,
charismatic, and immensely gifted, the guitarist/vocalist (born Kevin Moore)
brings country blues in the late 20th century on his stunning self-titled Epic
debut, which quickly climbed the charts and turned the former backing
instrumentalist into a household name. Replete with gritty textures, close-up
vocals, and resplendent acoustics, Mobile Fidelity’s scintillating SACD version
of this 1994 set finally possesses the fidelity that brings Mo’s Delta strains
out of the backwoods and onto a lively back porch.
Half-speed mastered from the original tapes, this numbered limited-edition
hybrid SACD represents the very first time that Mo’s watershed album has been
given a much-needed sonic facelift. Gone are the hazes that obscured his
singing, artificial ceilings that blunted the highs, and digital fog that
interfered with the multitude of illuminating tones, details, and notes. What’s
revealed is startling intimacy and soothing emotion, Mo’s gorgeous vocal timbres
and inflections given equal space with his guitar, harmonica, and pace. Finally,
a great-sounding contemporary blues record that doesn’t resort to derivative
recycling and bland revivalism.
The son of Southern parents, Mo channels his heritage via a batch of superb
folksy songs that relax, refresh, and regale. While he’s since traveled in a
more commercialized pop-oriented direction, Mo’s initial salvo is nothing but
raw, pure blues played with unbridled passion, tremendous conviction, and what
is best deemed the essence of heart and soul. Keb' Mo' engages with a compelling
mix of tradition and modernity, the headliner refraining from any attempt at
assuming an artificial personality and instead basing his reputation on quality
songs. As such, Mo’s material resonates with deep, mellow vibes and
extraordinary National steel guitar work, which complements his fluid, acoustic
finger-picking and soulful strumming.
Mo occasionally teams with an ensemble, but this record is mostly all about the
basics: guitar, voice, and harmonica. Tunes such as “Victims of Comfort” and
“Angelina” testify on behalf of his phenomenal country-blues songwriting; his
covers of Robert Johnson’s “Come On In My Kitchen” and “Kindhearted Woman Blues”
speak to his reverence for the past. Shuffles, ballads, dance songs — Mo nails
You owe it to yourself to hear this master musician in the finest possible
sound. Every movement on the guitar fretboard, every breath Mo takes before
exhaling words, every crisp and gutsy pluck of the strings—they have never
possessed more dynamics, detail, or life. Imaging and soundstaging are
Keb' Mo' remains one of the finest blues albums made in the post-Stevie Ray
Vaughan era. Don’t miss this American gem that so many have since tried to copy.
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• Mastered From Original Master Tapes
1. Every Morning
2. Tell Everybody I Know
3. Love Blues
4. Victims of Comfort
6. Anybody Seen My Girl?
7. She Just Wants to Dance
8. Am I Wrong?
9. Come on in My Kitchen
10. Dirty, Low Down and Bad
11. Don't Try to Explain
12. Kindhearted Woman Blues
13. City Boy