Personnel: Robben Ford (vocals, guitar); Roscoe Beck (vocals, 4- & 6-string basses); Mark Ford (harmonica); Vince Denham, Brandon Fields (saxophone); Russell Ferrante (piano, synthesizer); Brian Mann, Bill Payne (synthesizer); Vinnie Colaiuta, Jeff Porcaro (drums).
Engineers include: Mark Creamer, David Hentschel, Shep Lonsdale.
On his 1988 solo effort Talk to Your Daughter, singer/guitarist Robben Ford proves himself a master of sophisticated blues-rock guitar playing. The material is quite strong, and all the musicians perform at the highest level, but it's Ford's stellar soloing that makes this release. Fans of flailing '80s rock virtuosos would do well to check out Ford's exceptional work on Talk to Your Daughter. The musician's colorful yet controlled improvising and harmonic mastery is a rare and beautiful sonic treat. The title track is dripping with soulful, well-placed guitar lines that play like a master lesson of up-tempo blues phrasing that guitarists would do well to study. Other standouts include "Born Under a Bad Sign" and "Ain't Got Nothin' But the Blues." The fine arrangements and especially Vinnie Colaiuta's sharp drumming are all tightly wound with crisp, clear production that tops off "Talk to Your Daughter," making it a shining success. Listeners fond of Ford's work with the Yellowjackets and numerous side gigs, as well as guitarists and all musicians, should enjoy this very professional, succinctly executed offering. First rate! ~ Vincent Jeffries
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