The Neville Brothers, Brother’s Keeper (1990)
I grew up with Yellow Moon (as I told you recently). I never really grew up with Brother’s Keeper. I mean, there was that cover of Bird On A Wire, which was everywhere, and I had some interest in the singles, but actually I never heard the whole album. Still, newly enthused (re-enthused) in all things Neville/Neville Brothers, following on from the purchase of Yellow Moon and from really digging Aaron Neville’s latest solo album (my review of that is here) and a dig back through some of the older Neville Brothers LPs I have, it was time to grab Brother’s Keeper. I saw it there in the store when I bought Yellow Moon. I thought, briefly, of buying both of them. But that seemed a bit much all at once – two Neville Brothers in one day, this was an itch I was happy to scratch with time – I didn’t want the cure all in one day. But as soon as I got back into Yellow Moon I got a mild panic, what if Brother’s Keeper had sold. That’s when you know you got it bad. The record came out in 1990. It had, possibly, been sitting in this store since 1990. Even so, two days later, with some very slight worry in the overnight period, I returned home with the copy of Brother’s Keeper. No one had come even close to purchasing it in that time. But I’m really glad I did. Great record. A great one-two alongside Yellow Moon. And that’ll do me – and my Neville Brothers collection – for now.
Sample Track: Brother Blood
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