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Big City Blues [CD]

John Hammond Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 April 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B000024KI5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Ready
2. My Starter Won't Start
3. Barbecue Blues
4. I'm a Man
5. Barrelhouse Woman Blues
6. Midnight Hour Blues
7. Backdoor Man
8. I Live the Life I Love
9. No Money Down
10. My Babe
11. When You Got a Good Friend
12. Baby, Won't You Tell Me

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(1964 'Vanguard') (39:12/12) JOHN HAMMOND - gtr/hca/voc, BILLY BUTLER & JAMES SPRUILL - gtrs, JIMMY LEWIS - bass, BOBBY DONALDSON - drums.Medium 1
  1. I'm Ready
  2. My Starter Won't Start
  3. Barbecue Blues
  4. I'm A Man
  5. Barrelhouse Woman Blues
  6. Midnight Hour Blues
  7. Backdoor Man
  8. I Live The Life I Love
  9. No Money Down
  10. My Babe
  11. When You Got A Good Friend
  12. Baby, Won't You Tell Me

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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Rockin Blues from John Hammond 28 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album was recorded in 1964 which does feature some real good Rockin' Blues music.I just wish that the overall sound could be recorded more stronger/punchier.Otherwise it is fabulous.Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the white blues men 15 Jun 2000
By Chris Ringwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This and the other early Vanguard blues albums by Hammmond backed by a superb band including Charlie Musselwhaite & Levon Helm are simply the best renditions of the classic Chigago/Urban blues sound by a white practitioner. So authentic is Hammond's voice that I'd wager even an Afro-American would have trouble with ethnic ID! Some might say that his phrasing is a little exaggerated, but Hammond is so good that often his covers transcend the original, say this "Prejoodiced Whahte Bouy"! The backing band and the recordings are both absolutely top notch and all these albums REALLY COOK. Even if you're not a blues fan, Hammond could convert you! It's a wonder these albums did not catch on when first released - this was way back in '64 or so. After all, J.Lee Hooker's Dimples made the top 10 in UK(Where I hail from).The CD is Almost as good as the Vinyl as well, so my old LP's can take a break!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Hammond Tour De Force! 31 Dec 1999
By John Compton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
John Hammond delivers a Tour De Force! With such blues classics as "Back Door Man", "I'm A Man" and "No Money Down" - John Hammond delivers the powerfully sensual and poetic lyrics in an incredible Mick Jagger-ish style fusing with this HOT BAND and in doing so, setting a High Water Mark for all of us to look at and marvel upon. 35 YEARS LATER, this recording soars with POWER, GRACE and DETERMINATION - inducting it for this writer into 'The Greatest Gospel/Soul Recordings of All-Time' along side with Aretha Franklin's historic Muscle Shoals Sessions and Laura Nyro's 'Eli and the Thirteenth Confession'.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Blues, whatever the color 1 Jun 2010
By Forrest Furman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This has been one of my favorite blues albums since the day it was released. Sure JH is white, but he grew up listening to the best, and studied them carefully. One reviewer referred to his "overwrought" style, but it is his style and has always been. Other vocalists have idiosyncratic styles that is a their signatures. So be it. The playing on this album is superb. Renowned Chicago musicians who were regulars at Chess studios, led by "Wild" James or Jimmy Spruill on guitar, deliver the understated yet tense blues that just cooks. Economy and taste was their trademark. No overplaying. And if they could get behind JH's delivery, that is as good a recommendation as I know. But it and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Seminal White Boy Blues Album 16 Jun 2006
By scoop25 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For the record, the band backing Hammond on "Big City Blues" is King Curtis's group; NOT the Hawks aka The Band, who didn't record with him until "So Many Roads." The latter's another great white electric blues album, unfortunately marred by the unspeakably lame harp playing of Charlie Musselwhite. Since Hammond could play circles around Musselwhite on the harp on his worst day, it's a mystery why he let the guy play on the album and bugger it. But then Hammmond's always been remarkably generous to struggling new musicians; and Charlie recorded on Vanguard at the time, which may have had something to do with the studio line-up decision.

SEPARATELY, when is Vanguard/Elektra/Atlantic going to WISE UP and issue a REMASTERED version of this great album so hard-core fans who don't have turntables anymore can enjoy the original, distinctive, exquisite recording?

Get with the program, hip record execs.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD 26 July 2013
By Snowbird in Kentucky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this vinyl in the 1960's. I still have it but its so scratched and beat up that I felt it was time for an update.
This is Hammond during his early career. If I didn't love the music, I wouldn't have replaced it.
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