Sharkey Bonano

Sharkey's Southern Comfort

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Sharkey's Southern Comfort Review

by Bruce Eder

This first album -- a 10" LP -- by Sharkey Bonano and his band was apparently cut live on the scene, sans audience, in the French Quarter in New Orleans. It benefits greatly not just from the group's obvious resonance to familiar surroundings (without engineers telling them what to do and when to do it) but also from the vivid ambience and the clarity of Capitol's mastering, and they cut enough at these sessions so that Sharkey Bonano had the luxury of picking and choosing the very best cuts to represent the group their first time out in the new format. They stretch out nicely and we're the beneficiaries on "Basin Street Blues," and "Temptation Rag."