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  • Audio CD (9 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pias Uk Ltd
  • ASIN: B00005Q3YC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shake 'Em On Down
2. Skinny Woman
3. Miss Maybelle
4. Rollin' & Tumblin'
5. Long Haired Doney
6. Walkin' Blues
7. He Ain't Your Daddy
8. Bad Luck And Trouble
9. Jumper On The Line
10. Goin' Down South
11. Alice Mae
12. Snake Drive

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RL Burnside cut most of the tracks on Burnside On Burnside at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon, which happens to be on... Burnside Street. Who could resist such an opportunity? He's been singing "Skinny Woman", "Long Haired Doney", "Jumper On The Line" and others of these songs since he was a young man, and he's recorded them before: in the early days as acoustic solo numbers, later in switched-on versions, accompanied and produced, sometimes very produced. These are pretty straight live recordings by the regular trio and to label RL music "direct" would be an understatement: it has the subtlety of an elephant falling through a skylight and occasionally some of the sound. Brown's jagged slide guitar cuts the tunes into metallic shards; the collective rhythm assaults the senses. It's a positive relief when RL takes a break to tell a leisurely joke and give us "Bad Luck And Trouble" as a solo. Then it's back to the chainsaw. But if you can take it, and take it for (as the notes call it) "the original American trance music... raucous yet meditative", it does become strangely exhilarating. --Tony Russell

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I got into RL a few months ago. Word of mouth encouraged me to pick up "Ass Pocket O'Whiskey" and I was astonished at RL's brilliance and immediately distinctive style. Unfortunately, the album in my opinion was ruined by the presence of one Mr Jon Spencer (from Jon Spencer's Blues Explosion), who seemed hell bent on adding his stamp on most of the tracks. Fair play, he was admirer - but frankly the last thing that album needed was some idiot doing his bad Elvis impersonations every five minutes and sticking it where it wasn't wanted.
Therefore, when I heard the news that RL was putting a live album out I was anxious that the result be nothing but pure, RL blues - and thankfully....no wait, let me get this right...THANKFULLY that's exactly what it is. This is a superb blues album, this is a superb live album - heck, this is a superb RL album and it's a pleasure to hear the man in surroundings he feels comfortable in (ie, live, on stage, infront of a whipped up crowd and playing LOUD).
The album is nothing short of an assult - the songs pound out in a style that is aggressive, confrontational and defiant. Above all though this album is, and there isn't a better word I'm afraid - ummm, well 'groovy'.
Stamp your feet, dance like an idiot but above all, please...just buy this great, great album!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By stuartmcilroy@bbp.co.uk on 23 Nov. 2001
Format: Audio CD
Jeez, without doubt one of the most dynamic live albums, blues or otherwise that i've ever heard. From the opening holler of shake em on down the intensity doesnt let up from start to finish, and the twin guitar attack of Burnside and Kenny Brown has more venom than a thousand nu-metal bands combined. I thought 'shake hands with shorty' by the North Mississippi Allstars was something special, but this surpasses it without doubt. And he tells a mean joke too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. J. Donnelly on 18 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
What an odd album!It's live:a three piece of two guitars and drums.Note there is no bass player. More than that the drummer is several decades younger than the guitarists. He's firing away with a young mans energy with the two older boys cutting accross the top. It's right in your face edgy blues. You'll probably only play it now and again but it's got something special.

I'd compare it to something else if I could think of something similer
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bully on 7 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I oredered this cd about a month ago and not yet recieved it but I can't till i do coz the reviews sound great!
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Accept No Substitutes 27 Oct. 2001
By Andrew T. Olson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Enjoyable as they all were, none of R.L. Burnside's previous Fat Possum releases were truly representative of the man's music. Thus, the raucous amalgam of Mississippi hill country drone blues(think Fred McDowell and Junior Kimbrough)and chicken scratch funk(think Syl Johnson and Johnny "Guitar" Watson)heard on "Burnside on Burnside" will probabally surprise fans who have yet to experience a real live R.L. Burnside performance. Burnside's two most recent(and biggest selling)releases were attempts to broaden his appeal by making all too overt the hip-hop and 70's R&B influences R.L had already assimilated on his own. The ham fisted production of "Come On In" and "Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down" obscured Burnside's art by reducing him to a sample source on the former and saddling him with a crew of alterna rock and mainstram blues session pros unfamiliar with the subtleties of Burnside Style on the latter. "Burnside on Burnside" counters those artistic misfires by presenting a live Burnside show in all its ragged glory. Backed by the slithering slide riffs of guitarist Kenny Brown and the slippery Dr. Dre meets Sam Carr beats of drummer Cedric Burnside(R.L.'s grandson), R.L. tears through his catalog with a piss and vinegar ferocity that will stun those who have yet to hear his real sound. While he'll probabally never get the respect or unit sales he deserves(already, his weak imitators get more press and sell more records than he does), Burnside's raw, yet wildly eclectic blues make him one of the most interesting and exiting musical talents alive. "Burnside on Burnside" stands as the definitive R.L. Burnside record and is a disc no self respectng fan of good music should be without.
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK SHOT DEAD. BURNSIDE AT LARGE. 31 Oct. 2001
By Jeremy J. Sprague - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album wages war on pop radio. It's dirty, raucous, and offensive to the delicate ears the unworthy. Never has music so accurately represented a ride in the bed of a '78 Ford pickup down a washed out gravel road.
This album is a wonderful example of Burnside's true sound. It is free of the overproduction common in some of his latest releases. R.L. on guitar and vocals. Kenny Brown on slide guitar. Cedrick on drums. As it should be.
Burnside is the unmoving buddah of zen boogie whoopass. He leads his audience in a hard dirge death dance. His melodies are seductive like a woman whose beauty is difficult to understand. His rythms induce cardiac arrest and then beat you back to life. His voice is sour and sweet like whiskey and tomato juice.
Burnside accompanys his singing with good storytelling on this album. My only wish is that this CD had been made a double CD and more of his speaking been left on the recording. But that's just me---I'd buy a recording of Burnside playing scrabble if it were for sale.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
"Don't be so diiirty!" This is it -- Right here 25 Aug. 2004
By Nichomachus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Fat Possum is putting out the best blues albums in the industry right now, and R.L. Burnside is one of the reasons why, along with Elmo Williams, Model T, and Paul Jones.

Despite being a fan of the Mississippi country blues exemplified by Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and John Hurt during my teens, I got sick of blues during the Nineties, when a well-deserved resurgence in the music became dominated by this Yuppified, sterilized, Good Morning America mood music crap with a bunch of sell-out albums by a lot of artists.

But after coming across Fat Possum's stuff, it's clear they know what's going on, and are putting out albums that about end up make you willing to drink warm JD cut with turpentine or something. The stuff is nasty, gritty, deserves no apology, and asks for none.

BURNSIDE ON BURNSIDE is already becoming a classic, because it takes these qualities and makes them live. It gives us the modern psycho-punk blues that are the only contemporary blues worth listening to, and brings new life to the traditional country tunes that every over-produced pseudo-blues hack with a drum machine has spent the past fifteen years killing off.

Burnside's grandson, Cedric, plays drums, and that's partially what gives it the unrelenting punk feel, as this old blues man yells and laughs along. It's great. It's unbeatable. And will give you back a passion for blues jamming.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Houserockin' Delta/Hill Country Blues 30 Mar. 2002
By Michael Strom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
To be honest, the stuff I'd previously heard from R.L. left me unpersuaded. Now I know why - some blues guys just have to be heard live to do them justice, and R.L.'s live CD is so much better than the studio efforts that I'm seeing him in a whole new light now.
To me, Burnside On Burnside sounds like a dial turned halfway between Mississippi Fred McDowell and Hound Dog Taylor (another great bluesman who was much, much better live than in the studio). R.L. sounds more comfortable going electric than Fred ever did, but there's a lot more of the Delta Blues sound than the South Side Chicago-electric 'Dog. If Fred had taken the sidemen from the "I Do Not Play No Rock & Roll" sessions on an extended tour up North, he might have sounded like this by the time he got back.
There is so little out there that treads the line betwen these two seminal styles, that this is really a must-buy for anyone who is fond of both Delta and Chicago blues.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Real Deal! 24 Dec. 2001
By deepbluereview - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What a great way to close out a rather dismal year of blues releases and who better to strike the high note than RL Bunside. This CD was recorded live in January 2001 on the West Coast and was not released until late October.
The CD itself does not contain any new material except for the joke told on "He Ain't Your Daddy" however, the performance and sound quality are simply outstanding. Like other reviewer's, I placed this CD in my changer and turned up the volume. It wasn't long after that I selected the single disc play feature and pushed the repeat button. The only thing disappointing about the CD is that it ends far too soon for me even though it is 52+ minutes long. If you have not experienced RL Burnside, I can think of no better place to start.
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