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Image of Albert Castiglia - These Are the DaysAlbert Castiglia - These Are the Days
Blues Leaf Records- 2008

Florida based bluesman Albert Castiglia opens his latest release These Are the Days with the rollicking original composition “Bad Year Blues”. This track is perhaps the pick of the original tunes with strong vocals and scorching, masterful slide work. Among the eleven tracks that make up this record are five Castiglia originals mixed in with blues classics featuring exceptionally soulful vocals and strong guitar work.

One of the highlights is found in a cover of “Loan Me a Dime” – best known as a Boz Scoggs classic - with vocals that put the listener right in Castiglia’s shoes and guitar work that tells the rest of the story.

Other listener favorites will be “Need Your Love So Bad” – reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green and “Night Time is the Right Time” with a strong groove and a good mix of supporting elements.

1. Bad Year Blues
2. He’s Got All the Whiskey
3. Loan Me a Dime
4. Godfather of the Blues
5. Celebration
6. Nightime is the Right Time
7. Catfish
8. Another Bloody Day
9. Need Your Love So Bad
10. Twister
11. Blues for Evan

Overall, These Are the Days serves as continuation of Castiglia’s growing reputation in the blues community and is a strong follow-up to previous releases Burn and A Stone’s Throw. This one gets a 3.5 on the STLBluesometer.

-- By Illinois Phil

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