Albert Castiglia shows how I Got Love

Albert Castiglia shows how I Got Love

Albert Castiglia shows how I Got Love a wonderful blues and blues rock album with superb guitar work sprinkled liberally throughout.

Bluesdoodles rating: 4 Doodle Paws – a wonderful blues and blues rock album with superb guitar work sprinkled liberally throughout.

Miami-raised guitarist Albert Castiglia came to prominence while backing the legend that is Junior Wells. After subsequently working with singer Sandra Hall he embarked on a solo career that’s seen him release nine studio albums and one live, as well as appearing as a guest with a few label stablemates. A selection were thoroughly enjoyed and reviewed here on Bluesdoodles…just use the search facility.

His latest release is again on Gulf Coast Records and so, unsurprisingly, is produced by another guitarist extraordinaire, Mike Zito. It’s called I Got Love and inevitably documents the last two years of Covid and the problems and positives from this fraught time. As Albert explains: “It’s about falling, failing, adapting, reinventing, surviving and becoming triumphant.”

His latest release is again on Gulf Coast Records and so, unsurprisingly, is produced by another guitarist extraordinaire, Mike Zito. It’s called I Got Love and inevitably documents the last two years of Covid and the problems and positives from this fraught time. As Albert explains: “It’s about falling, failing, adapting, reinventing, surviving and becoming triumphant.”

Opening with the title track, I Got Love, we immediately find Albert on top form as he puts some nice roll into the blues with a simple but effective, sort of slower Wilco riff. The between lyrics guitar is a delight and the solo is a fascinating blend of chords, runs, bends and sustain that is slightly low in the mix but still very good. Don’t Pray With the Devil is a blues rocker with a complex, almost Trower like riff and backing and a genius bass backline. The guitar solo is one of his finest as he ‘Hendrix’s’ some chords and still puts his own very clever melody interplay into it too.

Burning Bridges brings a touch of funk and fun to the riffing and the guitar interjections are almost Kossoff like in the way the notes are never hurried or overplayed and speak as much as the lyrics…the same is true of the solo…with a delicious descending run early on. Sanctuary is blues with soul, a reverb guitar and a Cray sort of feel…and dare I say it, the solo is better, as it weaves the melodies with panache. Double Down is high speed shuffle with a bit of funk and lots of lovely guitar phrasing and a solo that stings nearly as much as the lyrics. Long Haul Daddy is a rock and rolling blues with delicious slide guitar built around an oft used, but effective, blues pattern. What’s Wrong With You keeps the newly familiar with great lyrics and some exceedingly good guitar sprinkled throughout and another strong solo that uses runs, bends and space very nicely.

Depression Blues isn’t depressing: the wah’d guitar delights and the funky backing engages from the first chord as well the Trower incursions between the (admittedly) depressing story, and the bass is superb too. Freedomland sounds like it was based around Sail Away, but with added chords…that isn’t a criticism because if it was or wasn’t it is still a superb slow-ish blues song with some genius playing…love it. The lyrics deserve attention too as he references a bad motor scooter and refrains from swearing very well! You Don’t Know Hell is another familiar blues structure polished and developed into a strong song with some slight nods to SRV but with an all Albert solo of invention and skill. Final track, Take My Name Out Of Your Mouth, has it all: a nod to past blues, glorious slide, bass, piano and drums all wrapped up in a brilliant take on what blues is/are and will continue to be. The slide solo is worth buying the entire album for!

In summary then, Albert has delivered another very strong blues, blues rock album that illustrates yet again why he is so highly thought of by Mike Zito and his growing legion of fans. The guitar playing is intuitive, original and perfectly executed. A worthy addition to his catalogue.

Albert Castiglia shows how I Got Love

Track listing:
I Got Love
Don’t Pray With the Devil
Burning Bridges
Sanctuary
Double Down
Long Haul Daddy
What’s Wrong With You
Depression Blues
Freedomland
You Don’t Know Hell
Take My Name Out Of Your Mouth

Musicians:
Albert Castiglia: guitar, vocals
Justine Tompkins; bass, vocals
Lewis Stephens: Hammond B3, piano
Ephraim Lowell: drums, vocals

If you’re reading this in the US, then Albert and Mike Zito are touring under the Blood Brothers banner throughout March and April. Dates and ticket details on Albert’s site.

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(After lots more Mr Castiglia, iTunes moved to the next Albert in line: the one and only Albert Collins and I selected the divine seven minute live version of Cold, Cold Feeling…masterful.)

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