Friday, November 18, 2016

CD/DVD Review: Friends Help Frankie Miller's Songs Find New Life On "Double Take"

Scottish singer/songwriter Frankie Miller has played a quiet part in the music industry. He written songs for Thin Lizzy, performed with Procol Harum and worked with soul/jazz music legend Allen Toussaint. A number of his songs have been covered by the likes of Rod Stewart and Ray Charles, until a brain hemorrhage cut his career short in 1994. For the past two decades, Frankie Miller has been learning to walk and talk again and even dabble in songwriting again. Miller has a treasure trove of unreleased recordings and this latest release titled "Frankie Miller's Double Take" finds these songs getting completed with a little help from his friends.

The new nineteen-song release begins with the up-tempo rocker "Blackmail" as Joe Walsh lends a hand on guitar. Miller's vocals are strong as he duets with Elton John on the blues of "Where Do The Guilty Go?." Huey Lewis lends his iconic voice to the soul infused rock of "Way Past Midnight" and Rod Stewart takes the lead on the slow swinging melody of "Kiss Her For Me." Kid Rock and Full House team up with Frankie Miller for the country vibe of "Jezebel Jones" and Steve Dickson works with Miller on the Bob Seger sounding "When It's Rockin'." Country legend Willie Nelson trades verses with Miller on the slow-country twang of "I Want To Spend My Life With You," before finishing up the album with a duet between Miller and Lenny Zakatek on the stark, poetry of "I Never Want To Lose You" and the emotional solo shot of "I Do" from Miller.

The new album was also released with a bonus DVD that includes an hour-long documentary about the making of the album. It gives fans an insight into the meaningful recordings that went into this release and how important Frankie Miller's music was to many of his fellow musicians. To find out more about "Frankie Miller's Double Take," please visit frankiemiller.net.

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