Little Anthony & the Loco-Motives

Can't Take It

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The Little Anthony heard on this CD shouldn't be confused with the Little Anthony who led Little Anthony & the Imperials in the 1950s and '60s. While that Little Anthony was an R&B/pop singer with a strong teen following, Little Anthony Geraci is a blues pianist who backed Pinetop Perkins, Roosevelt Sykes, and others before making his recording debut as a leader with Can't Take It. Geraci's band, the Loco-motives, is a hard-driving horn band that is greatly influenced by Chicago blues but is also hip to early rock & roll, jump blues, Memphis soul, and jazz. Singer Karl Kelly brings a lot of passion to an inspired cover of Little Richard's "Lucille" as well as songs that Geraci wrote or co-wrote, which range from the moody "Eight Rooms of Gloom" to the in-your-face "Talking About You" and the humorous "Positions Wanted" (a commentary on the challenges of looking for work when the number of applicants exceeds the number of jobs). Meanwhile, "Can't Get You Off My Mind" finds Kelly detouring into jazz-influenced torch singing. Can't Take It wasn't a big seller, but despite being little known, it's a pleasing effort that's worth searching for.

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