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The John Popper Project

The John Popper Project


Forget everything you ever knew about John Popper and Blues Traveler. This is no jam band but they can play some. The John Popper Project features former BT bandmate Tad Kinchla, Marcus Bleecker and DJ Logic (who gets separate billing, for some reason). Produced by Craig Street, with a small stew of guests including Warren Haynes, Cyro Baptista, David Torn, rapper Greenweedz, Glenn Patscha, and vocalist Amy Helm, this is one steamy, groove-laden set that offers a view of Popper as not just a harmonica master who can play dozens of them through more effects that you can shake a speaker at, but as a serious funk and futuristic R&B vocalist -- most folks knew he could sing pop and rock. That's not to say this set is without its flaws. It has some, but the music is also challenging in places, different than anything else that's out there, and usually knows when to give it up. The set begins with a sultry funk number called "Lapdance" with a sample from James Brown's "Popcorn With a Feeling" and some neat loops by Logic. It's followed by "Everything," a rock number with some drop-dead sonic funk drops in between refrain and new verses and in the bridge. "All Good Children" opens with a break loop and three times the tempo of this folksy little pop tune as scratches and guitar are layered through the opening verse. This is a tender side of Popper, and it's refreshing, but it gets old so thankfully there's a great harmonica break and lots of rhythm. The cuts that work best are those that are far outside the norm, like the opener, and "Fire in Her Kiss," and "Trigger," where funk, rock, and the blues are woven together by that nasty-ass harmonica of his and Logic's samples. The bomb drops on these tracks, and to a lesser degree on the more R&B-oriented cuts like "Took" and the closer "Pack Your Love." The more rock-directed efforts where there is some "jamming" involved lose their wallop after a couple of minutes and one wonders what comes next -- this might feel and sound very different in a live setting, however. Thus, this is an imperfect but fascinating project with more than enough interesting ideas, just give them one more album to put it all together. That said, there's more than enough here to engage a listener for most of its hour-long expanse. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi

  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
    • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
    • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
    • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
    • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
    • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
    Conditions Guide
  • Format: Compact Disc
  • Sold by: HPB South Arlington
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  • Label: Image Entertainment (Audio)
  • UPC: 014381319422


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Track listings

  • 1. Lapdance
  • 2. Everything
  • 3. All Good Children
  • 4. In The Midst
  • 5. Fire In Her Kiss
  • 6. Louisiana Sky
  • 7. Trigger
  • 8. Horses
  • 9. Took
  • 10. Morning Light
  • 11. Open Hand
  • 12. Show Me
  • 13. Pack Your Love
 
HPB condition ratings
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  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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