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Caught In The Act
Treated 'N' Released

by Jason Hoffman Caught In The Act

In 1996, Rochester-based Treated ‘N’ Released treated the area to Look But Don’t Touch, a collection of sizzling blues tunes. In the six years since the members have continued to perfect their trade by playing their “rock’n blues” shows around the state. The band includes Jim Eikenberry on vocals, harmonica and (although not stated, I hear two guitars and since this is a live album with, I assume, no overdubs and everyone else’s hands are full and I could find no information my best guess is that he also plays rhythm guitar), Greg Peter on bass, Dave Delp on lead and rhythm guitar, and Gary Enyart on drums.

Recorded live at The Slippery Noodle in Indianapolis by D. Lozow Recording, Caught In The Act contains 14 tracks including four originals and 10 covers that range from classic bluesmen like T-Bone Walker and Robert Johnson to Gary Moore and Van Morrison. At 72 minutes, T-N-R wanted to make sure you get your money’s worth.

The album kicks off with “Give It Up,” an original rock blues song with a great guitar solo. Other originals include “Leroy Boogie,” a rollicking southern rock song, and the closing track “Break Tune” which is a good old-fashioned jam, giving the guitar and harp room to strut their stuff. The cover of Al Boyd’s “Shakey Ground” starts with a guitar riff that bears an amazing likeness to one in “Last Child” from Aerosmith’s classic Rocks album, but it soon changes to a harp-heavy, funky jam. While “Red House” is a Jimi Hendrix tune, T-N-R give it a dirty blues makeover. Knowing that a blues album without a drinking song is like a monster truck with no wheels, the band graciously includes “I Ain’t Drunk.” At nearly six minutes this classic bar song provides plenty of time to down a few cold ones.

For a live release the sound is quite good. The instruments are nicely captured and just the right amount of crowd noise is included at all times. For more information, call 574-224-4935 or 574-223-8254.

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