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by Laith Al-Saadi

The highly anticipated 3rd album from Detroit's hottest Guitar Slinger/ Vocalist! Recorded live to 2-Track, this album features studio legends Jim Keltner, Lee Sklar, Larry Goldings, Jimmy Vivino, Tom Scott, Lee Thornburg & More... GET 'REAL.' TODAY!!!
Genre: Blues: Electric Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gone
3:45 $1.25
2. What It Means
5:23 $1.25
3. Ophelia
4:38 $1.25
4. How It's Gonna Be
6:07 $1.25
5. Complete Disgrace
4:56 $1.25
6. Last Time You'll See Me Cry
3:45 $1.25
7. Gone (Alternate Take)
3:40 $1.25
8. What It Means (Alternate Take)
5:20 $1.25
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Album Notes
Michigan native Laith Al-Saadi, long considered a brilliant blues guitarist and singer, gathered a band of legends for his latest effort 'REAL.' - recorded at the historic Ocean Way Studios in Hollywood, California. Joining him was a dream band of all-stars including Jim Keltner (Drums - John Lennon, George Harrison, Traveling Wilburys, Eric Clapton, etc...), Lee Sklar (Bass - James Taylor, Phil Collins, Jackson Browne, etc...), Larry Goldings (Organ - John Scofield, Maceo Parker, James Taylor, etc...), Jimmy Vivino (Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals - Bandleader for CONAN, Fab Faux, Levon Helm, etc...), Tom Scott (Sax - Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell...), Lee Thornburg (Trumpet - Tower Of Power, Chicago...), Nick Lane (Trombone) and Brandon Fields (Baritone Sax).
Produced by Jeffrey Weber, the project was recorded live to two tracks, with no mixing, editing, overdubbing, auto-tuning, limiting and compression. “ Laith is the real deal,” explained Weber. “He has jaw dropping technique and an evocative vocal character that captures the unbridled passion of his lyrics. He made a believer out of every one of us.”
The unforgiving nature of two-track recording is a challenge for most artists, but not for Al-Saadi. “ This project is meant to celebrate the feel, joy and spontaneity of music in the moment and of the moment – which is so often lost in the sea of overproduced, auto-tuned, pieced together tracks.
The new album features all original material written by Al-Saadi except for one track - 'Ophelia', which was recorded as a tribute to one of Al-Saadi's musical heroes who passed away in 2012... Levon Helm. A collection of songs inspired by the great musical traditions of New Orleans, Chicago Blues and Southern Rock... 'REAL.' is sure to delight Audiophiles, Blues & Roots music lovers and Telecaster/Guitar aficionados alike! Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today!!!

The REAL DEAL! "... Laith proves this every time he plugs his Tele into a Fender Amp and plays directly from his heart to your ears. Just stunning and simply beautiful at the same time. Something in the Michigan water I suspect." - Jimmy Vivino
(Guitarist/ Musical Director for the TBS late night show 'CONAN', Former member of The Levon Helm Band)




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Great guitar, but that voice kills!
Such a nice collection. All originals sans Ophelia. Laith has studied guitar and voice and his accomplishment in both is on full display here. Of course seeing him live is best, but this is Real!

Scot Woods

Powerful, rockin' blues
Nobody pays to see a tightrope walker cross a parking lot -- it's the drama of performing without a net with a real risk of failure which gets your attention. And while an album recorded live to two tracks doesn't have the same life-or-death stakes, it should be appreciated by music lovers as the equivalent of performing without a net. This approach brings a vibrancy and energy to every track. The only "trick" here is great musical skill. Laith and his all-star cast crackle on track after track, performing without any of the studio post-production that you've almost come to expect, whether you know it or not. The tightness of the rhythm sections here is "REAL", not the result of endless studio layers or engineering. The horns sparkle, the keyboards dance, and the vocals are infused with the joy of live performance. These guys are listening and speaking to one another, and that REALLY comes out in the masterful solos.

I had the honor of buying this right from Laith's hands at Bar Louie in Ann Arbor. I've purchased many discs directly from artists selling out of their own stash, but this is the best, by a mile. Not just in terms of the quality of the recording, the huge arrangements, or the musical skill -- and all those elements are top-notch -- but also in terms of Laith's really wonderful song-writing. Some of these should be instant classics. They are fresh, unforgettable lyrics with memorable new hooks that lean on all the best blues traditions.
I know I'm wishing in vain here, because mainstream radio doesn't seem to have room for anything that's not saccharine and fake, but in a just world, this disc would be getting regular rotation on the airwaves. Instead, great musicians like Laith get ignored too often. That has to stop! I have own very few albums as stunning in its musicianship, sound and scope as "REAL".
So why only four stars? Well, it just seems like there was room here for a couple more tracks, guys. "The Last Time You'll See Me Cry" is my favorite tune, though it stands out here as the only stripped-down acoustic track, and to me it begs for the full-band treatment. I think on this one, the shoulda-been "Alternate Take" made the album, and it's a shame Laith didn't have a chance to unleash all of these musicians on this great song. But I guess the old adage goes, "Always leave them asking for more." If that's the case, mission accomplished, Laith.

Steve T. - Ann Arbor, MI

REAL rock and roll!!!
This new CD by Laith Al-Saadi is such a treat. It's almost impossible to top a LIVE performance by Laith, but this CD brings you very close! Each song showcases Laith's REAL talent---singing, songwriting, and incredible guitar riffs! In addition, it sprinkles in a few extra surprises from a myriad of very talented and well-known musicians---this truly is REAL music!!! And by the way, if you're a fan of "The Band", your are in for a special treat! I never thought I'd hear a better version of Ophelia than the one played in the movie "The Last Waltz", but this CD has it. Put your cd-player on REPEAT, sit back, and enjoy some REAL music!