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Snake Oil Elixir

by R. Scott

Piano driven song cycle reflecting the American landscape by mixing dark humor, raunch and a touch of the macabre to tell lyrical tales of sin, soul and salvation.
Genre: Blues: Piano Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Snake Oil Elixir
2:18 $0.99
2. Devil May Care
2:29 $0.99
3. Calico Grey
2:28 $0.99
4. Cat's Wail
4:22 $0.99
5. Lafayette
4:24 $0.99
6. Nawlins Bound
2:17 $0.99
7. Death of me
2:54 $0.99
8. Midnight Crawler
2:52 $0.99
9. The Color Red
3:18 $0.99
10. Can't Stay Here
2:24 $0.99
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Album Notes
The music of R. Scott is a unique mix of deep soul, New Orleans-style r&b, jazz, blues, cabaret and pop styles forging a sound of its own - keyboard based and horn heavy(!). Scott has worked with a roster of artists, musicians, vocalists that has been evolving since 1995. Staying prolific with an eclectic string of releases with groups West Coast Harem (jazz/funk), The Redd Foxx BBQ (lounge), OO Soul (latin/funk) and The Helmut Stein Experience (soul/blues) to his credit, his current release - Snake Oil Elixir - is his first as a solo artist.

Snake Oil Elixir was originally conceived as a "Mock Opera Musical". It is presented here in the classic "LP" form -not a concept album but a 10-song cycle using music to reflect the American landscape. Mixing dark humor, raunch and a touch of the macabre Scott tells lyrical tales of sin, soul and salvation.


PRESS TELEGRAM/U MAGAZINE (LOCAL BURNS by Ryan Ritchie (4/6/07) Long Beach, CA

**** - 4 stars

Former Helmut Stein Experience keyboardist R. Scott presumably sent in the 10-song disc for a review, but unfortunately, what he's getting instead is some free advice. Dear Scott, as much as it pains me to say this, pack your bags and move to New Orleans already. Your music is far too good for any town that won't recognize it to it's fullest potential. I've been to the Crescent City (as I assume you have), and we both know it's where you belong. I thought your former band, the Helmut Stein Experience, was amazing and never quite got the props it's deserved. When I heard you went solo, I doubted your ability to top your previous group, but somehow you have. The opening title track is a killer romp through cabaret-influenced jazz, while your raspy vocals on "Calico Grey" and "Midnight Crawler" are begging to be sung in a dark club with moss growing through the cracks somewhere off Royal Street. The swinging "Nawlins Bound" proves you know what I say is true., so make a break for it. Long Beach is surely going to miss you, but you owe it to yourself. Please send me a postcard when you get settled and let me crash on your couch next time I'm there.


THE OC REGISTER/ORANGE POP (by Robert Kinsler 5/11/07)

Anyone wondering whatever happened to the Helmut Stein Experience (winner of best Blues Band at the 2005 Orange County Music Awards) or Latin funk-mining OO Soul need not fear; singer-keyboardist Scott is back with his first solo project, and it's a joy.

"Snake Oil Elixir" is a self-described "10-song cycle using music to reflect the American landscape." Influences ranging from New Orleans R&B and Randy Newman-styled pop are used to complete Scott's opus. Highlights include the Charlie Musselwhite-styled Mississippi blues of "Devil May Care" and infectious "Midnight Crawler."



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This cycle of songs is creative forte by an original talent.
I don't have the vocabulary to write music reviews, so please bear with me as I do my first ever.
The more I listen to Snake Oil Elixir the more I am taken in by its audacity and sustained burst of talent. There is a wonderful theatricality in the way the album opens and shifts themes, with the piano - or Scott's voice - always the lead actor. Dialoguing with sax and harmonica rifts, that voice and piano delve into raunchy blues, delta swing, ragtime jazz, mini-ballads that may remind you of Newman or Waits, funky beats a la Dr John. Yes there are more than a few traditions in this album, but Scott braids them together, makes them his own, and propels them several steps ahead.
I get the impression that the many solid musicians on this album - often made to shine in Scott's previous work - rallied around this effort to return the favor, cause he sure does shine.
My favorite albums are always the ones that get better each time I play them.
Thanks, Scott.


Chip Hiebler

A Bourbon Street Headliner
Well maybe not yet, but R. Scott sure should be. Since breaking away from the Helmut Stein Experience, Scott has had the chance to develop and improve his musical style. He is reminiscent of the blues greats that have proceeded him in the Crescent City. Scott, if you're listening, cut a new CD and pack your bags for New Orleans and get famous!

Axel K.

Next best thing to a trip to New Orleans!
If you turned down a side street in New Orleans one afternoon looking for a quick drink, entered a darkened bar and found guy at the piano entertaining a cast of characters who made you want to stay for the rest of the afternoon, leisurely downing cocktail after cocktail while forgetting about the world outside...that's how you'll feel listening to this CD.

As you travel through the songs, you'll variously imagine you're standing under a streetlamp on a damp New Orleans night, watching an old-time revival meeting, at a carnival sideshow, or in an ominous cabaret. Vivid images flicker throughout, as aural shades of Tom Waits and Randy Newman dance.

Standout tracks: the rampaging Devil May Care, the joyous Nawlins Bound, the bluesy Death of Me, the tempestuous Color Red and the gentle humor of Calico Grey.