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Sean Costello "At His Best - Live"
One can only wonder what might have been if Sean Costello's life was not tragically cut short, after all he was considered a Blues Prodigy by many and despite of his rather short life, passing away one day shy of his 29th birthday, he had already accomplished what many spend their whole career trying to achieve. By the time he was 21, Sean Costello had already released his 3rd album, won the Beale Street Blues Society's talent award in 1994, toured as part of the Susan Tedeschi Band, and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award for Best New Artist Debut.
Since 2005, Sean released only 2 albums, but the wait was certainly worth it, for his final album, "We Can Get Together", "was nominated for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year award and Sean was nominated Contemporary Blues Male Artist in the 2009 Blues Music Awards. Seanís Blues: A Memorial Retrospective which was released posthumously, received a nomination as Best Historical Album by the Blues Music Awards, and was also nominated as Best Contemporary Blues Recording in the 2010 Blues Blast Music Awards." Sean Costello "At His Best - Live" was released on November 15, 2011 and shows off Sean Costello at his best. "Proceeds from the album will benefit the Sean Costello Memorial Fund for Bi-Polar Research, a non-profit organization started by Sean's mother, Debbie Costello Smith."
Sean Costello "At His Best - Live" consists of 17 Tracks which included a 12 second intro. The other 16 Tracks are all Covers, which were originally done by an amazing lineup of talent, which included songs by Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, Albert Collins, Booby Womack, and Mike Bloomfield to name just a few. In fact the song writing credits on this album goes to 24 individuals.
Sean Costello "At His Best - Live" covers a wide range of styles and genres which included traditional Chicago blues, R&B, Rock 'N' Roll and Jazz and showed off his immense talent, as well as, his enormous grasp of the music he played.
As the name implies, "At His Best - Live" is a Live album and could not really be a more fitting way to showcase Sean Costello at his best, in the element he truly enjoyed the most, that being in front of a live audience. Adding to the great atmosphere of "At His Best - Live" is the audience which you hear quite prominently in the background, with even one audience member shouting out a songs name when Sean put out the call for a request.
"At His Best - Live" included a lot of great songs that I really liked including, Track 8 "Can I Change My Mind", Track 16 "Peace of Mind" and the closing Track "Lucille", with Lucille being my favorite one overall on this album.
"At His Best - Live" was a nice reminder of a great star that left us far to early and an album that certainly showed off Sean Costello's intense love for the music he played.
Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
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