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Taste and range

By Len Rainey and the Midnight Players

Self-released: 2007

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This review first appeared in the September 10, 1993 issue of the North County Blade-Citizen (now North County Times).

San Diego blues/R&B artist Len Rainey has issued a very strong self-produced debut on cassette. "Live" is a nice mixture of classy covers and strong originals featuring Rainey's expressive vocals and solid guitar work.

The covers bear noting, in that they reflect both Rainey's range as a singer and his taste in selecting material: Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign," Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine," Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City" and Freddie King's "Tore Down." Good stuff, and it's locally made.