Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: Summer Of Sorcery album review

Timely defiance from E Street Band legend Little Steven, with new album Summer Of Sorcery

Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: Summer Of Sorcery

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Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: Summer Of Sorcery

Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: Summer Of Sorcery

Party Mambo!
Love Again
A World Of Our Own
Soul Power Twist
Superfly Terraplane
Suddenly You
I Visit The Blues
Summer Of Sorcery

The vintage Born To Run wall of sound towers like the Empire State Building over Steve Van Zandt’s first album of original material since 1999, with New York City’s beleaguered multi-racial spirit crackling under its foundations. 

Of course, Van Zandt’s been busy these past 20 years – as Bruce’s E Street Band lieutenant, Tony Soprano’s consigliere, and star of Lilyhammer, in between activities as DJ, producer and larger-than-life rock’n’roll activist. 

Back in the saddle as bandleader, his tangible labour of love defiantly captures old-school New York’s cross-pollinating melting pot with rich infusions of Latin (Party Mambo), blues (I Visit The Blues), blaxploitation (Vortex), classic rock’n’roll (Superfly Terra Plane), Southside Johnny And The Asbury Jukes (Soul Power Twistin’) and still making a social point on Education

The widescreen, even over-the-top production is delightfully Spectoresque, pumped with brass and backing singers, going the whole sonic skyscraper hog on Communion and an epic title track. It’s a bonus that this unashamed celebration of endangered music and city life also makes a great party soundtrack.

Kris Needs

Kris Needs is a British journalist and author, known for writings on music from the 1970s onwards. Previously secretary of the Mott The Hoople fan club, he became editor of ZigZag in 1977 and has written biographies of stars including Primal Scream, Joe Strummer and Keith Richards. He's also written for MOJO, Record Collector, Classic Rock, Prog, Electronic Sound, Vive Le Rock and Shindig!