A review from Belgium (Keys and Chords magazine) for Blackberries:
It’s a mystery to me how Charlie Saibel CDs find their way to Belgium . We received this while the excellent ‘ Hurdy Gurdy Band’ , yet there remains an air of mystery hanging over Charlie Saibel . I honestly had never heard of Charlie , but after listening to ” Blackberries ” ( subtitle: Rhythm & Blues by Charlie Saibel ) , I still felt some enthusiasm bubbling up inside me .
” Blackberies ‘ was recorded in Olympia , Washington , apparently base , in July 1997 please adhere . Where are those shots or linger ? ” Blackberries ” is certainly a nice drive with a lovely old-fashioned sounding drums of ” Lyall Smith . At the end of some tracks Lyall ruffles a bit through and that creates a cozy atmosphere.
The voice of Charlie Saibel like a bit midway between Georgie Fame and Luke Walter Jr. On ‘Cajun Rhythm’ Charlie brings Saibel tribute in an appropriate manner Crescent City and his musicians . Randy Linder plays a beautiful piece of slide guitar on ‘Heavy Rain’ and Charlie Saibel itself supports his drawling vocals with matching keyboards on ‘Out Of Control’ , as shown in the picture and the inlay sheet , or ” That’s When You Know” as stated on the back of the plate . For they indeed one and the same song .
This problem should not spoil the fun for Charlie Saibel has also irresistibly swinging ‘ Ramblin ‘ On ‘with John Beach on sax, on sale yet.
On the title track ‘ Blackberries ‘ Charlie Saibel makes us his piano diets that he would not look out of place in New Orleans.
If there are still some slices of Charlie Saibel would linger somewhere between Olympia , Washington and Belgium, I would say … Bring it on !
” Blackberries ” ( Rhythm & Blues by Charlie Saibel ) leg has the best kept secret for the last seventeen years .
Ivan Van Belleghem ( 5 )
Here’s the first review for Blackberries:
ARTIFICIAL – This song has a nice bouncy beat. The flute work adds to the flavor of this piece which seems to be accepting the fact of things not so real. Charlie covers the gamut in his lyrics – politics, food, and much more!
BLACKBERRIES – As one who has picked these “berries” I can appreciate Saibel’s bluesy take on the difficulty of picking them. There’s a bit of bluesy double entendre here, mixed with some very nice harmony.
CAJUN RHYTHM – LOVE this one! Has some very authentic “Nawlins” riffs! Really rocks with some nice piano work by Charlie! Might as well be “Nawlins”!
COLESLAW – Lyrics to this one make one’s mouth water! Harmonica work is really nice and complements the guitar. The bridge really rocks to a nice ending. Only thing missing are the ribs!
HEAVY RAIN – Funky beat with interesting lyrics. The guitar and keyboards are very nice! One has the sense that we are moving down the road to California with some reminiscences of heavy rain back home.
RAMBLIN ON – Saxophone is a nice backdrop to a bluesy reflection on friendships gone wrong. Nice bridge with keyboard work which sound very much like one is movin’ on to better things!
SUSPENDED ANIMATION – Very nice piece with interesting lyrics and keyboard work. Psychology infused with lyrical references to biofeedback. However, this rhythm and blues gem is anything but sensory deprived!
THAT’S WHEN YOU KNOW – Nice harmonies with a definite gospel feel! Keyboard bridge is very nice with a spirited background blend. Really rocks with a very nice ending!
WISH YOU WERE HERE – Nice lively piece. Sounds like a 40’s tune. Charlie’s lyrics take the listener down Route 66. The bridgework was really nice with a lively beat with good saxophone work! STEP RIGHT UP!
WORLD OF SOUND – Very nice lively piece with great piano work, especially in the middle! You will be amazed with this bluesy WORLD OF SOUND!
REVIEW BY RUTH METCALF – OCTOBER, 2014