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Review: King Dude – Songs of The 1940’s – Part One

Label: Independent

Date: February 25th, 2022

That Friday, February 25th, was supposed to be a very ordinary day for me. Like most people, I have a daily routine: getting up early, breakfast, coffee and work. But that morning, my routine was completely disrupted. An e-mail with the title “New release from King Dude” was waiting for me. I didn’t even make my morning coffee and the album “Songs of The 1940’s – Part One” was already playing.

As the title suggests, this is a release with covers, just as is the case with the previous one “Beware Of Darkness”. However, in this case, the focus is on the covers of American country/folk songs published in the late 30s and during the 40s of the 20th century.

If some other artist had decided to publish a couple of releases with covers in a row, I admit I would not have a positive attitude towards that. But with King Dude, the situation is completely different. This man simply manages to play songs in his own style and give them a completely new life. I don’t have the feeling at all that I’m listening to an album with covers, I have a feeling that I’m listening to the brand new King Dude record. There are 4 songs on the release, and it is not easy for me to point out a favorite one. Maybe that would be the last “Riders In The Sky (Cowboy Legend)”, which stays in my head for a long time after listening. The song is ideal for some western movie.

I would not like to go into a deeper analysis of the release, because I think it is really not necessary. Hardcore fans of King Dude will enjoy “Songs of The 1940’s – Part One”. For those who have not had the opportunity to listen to King Dude’s work so far, I might recommend listening to KD’s albums such as “Songs Of Flesh & Blood – In The Key Of Light”, “Sex”, “Fear”. … actually – you have to listen to the whole KD opus. You won’t regret it!

I am looking forward to “Part Two”, I hope it will appear very soon.