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Blues Rags And Hollers/Lots More Blues Rags

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  • Audio CD (16 Aug. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino UK
  • ASIN: B0002DXQ60
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 542,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Linin' Track
  2. Ramblin' Blues
  3. It's All Right
  4. Hangman
  5. Ted Mack Rag
  6. Down To Louisiana
  7. Creepy John
  8. Bugger Burns
  9. Sun's Wail
  10. Dust My Broom
  11. One Kind Favor
  12. Go Down Ol' Hanna
  13. Good Time Charlie
  14. Banjo Thing
  15. Stop That Thing
  16. Too Bad
  17. Snaker's Here
  18. Low Down Rounder
  19. Jimmy Bell
  20. Mumblin' Word

Disc: 2

  1. Black Dog
  2. Whomp Bom
  3. Black Betty
  4. Honey Bee
  5. Crazy Fool
  6. Keep Your Hands Of
  7. Duncan & Brady
  8. Fine Soft Land
  9. Red Cross Store
  10. Lady Day
  11. Freeze To Me Mama
  12. Ted Mack Rag
  13. Fannin' Street
  14. Love Bug
  15. Can't Get My Rest At Night
  16. What's The Matter With The Mill

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Hadn't heard this album since my sister stole my LP in the early 70s. Was afraid the thrill might be gone.

It wasn't. Absolutely fantastic blues CD.
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it's a must.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e3bf198) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e13506c) out of 5 stars The best blues singers there ever were, black or white.. 9 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to the music of most of the great acoustic bluesmen, and there are many great ones, black and white. But Koerner, Ray and Glover are right on top, the best of the lot. The three albums I listened to almost constantly in the early sixties were ruined in a flood over 30 years ago, and though lamented, life got complicated and I never replaced them. I just figured these great bluesmen and there wonderful music had faded into memory like so many of the artists of the folk-blues revival. But recently I was counselling a secretary and friend on some personal matter and suddenly heard myself saying. "Man you got to be careful what you gonna do, you might hurt yourself, you might hurt your friends too, you got to be careful, little mama, what in the world you gonna do, you might hurt yourself, hang, hang for the rest of your life." She knows I'm crazy, but still asked me where the hell I got that bit of wisdom, and I told her from "Spider" John Koerner, etc., etc.
A few months later, she showed-up with "Blues, Rags, and Hollers", and my mind was blown. I rushed home from work straight-away and slipped the CD into the player with trepidation- would these guys sound as good as I remembered? Or would another memory best left in the past be diminished by the reality. Well, they were even better than I remembered. When Dave Ray suddenly burst into my late middle age world with "It's Alright" the music went right to the bone, complete with goosebumps. I'm a bit long in the tooth to be playing air- guitar, but there I was. And all these songs make me feel like that. The intensity of "One Kind Favor" is beyond wonderful, with Tony Glover's haunting harp intensifying every subtle riff of Dave's talking 12-String and haunting, strangely stirring vocals.
I think the boys might think this little review a bit over-the-edge, but I mean every word of it, in fact I think its understated. If you like acoustic blues-hell, if you like music, don't miss these albums.
Recently I heard George Carlin (another old fart) issue a dictum that white men should never sing the blues. He was referring of course to "The Blues Brothers" and in their case I heartily agree. But it is quite obvious that he's never heard Koerner, Ray, and Glover. I'm pretty sure that Bukka White, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, and all the rest are smiling down on these three white boys with approval and respect.
Dean West
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5a6498) out of 5 stars An unlikely combination of players in an unlikely setting. 4 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Blues masters at a tender age, before most white people, and some black, had a clue as to the raw power and beauty of the blues. These three cats blew it all away! It is truly a wonder that their intense style and mellow personalities didn't come to the attention of a wider audience. Oh well, those who were fortunate enough to be present as they pounded out the Rags and Hollers can attest to the infectious, addicting craziness that was always with these three characters. This classic album, in every sense, defined what an entire generation of future blues lovers could find only by listening to the original blues masters. Three white guys from Minneapolis, in the early sixties, sounding like Leadbelly! Remarkable! Spider John's odd numbered guitar strings, Snaker Ray's silken voice, Little Sun Glover's harp that still brings tears of joy after all these years. I can't think of a better introduction, to the blues, for this current and future generations to hone their eardrums and musical tastes on. This album never grows old...thanks John, David, and Tony!!!! Keep on linin' that track fellas
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5a6660) out of 5 stars Unique voices, raw and witty renderings. 12 Oct. 1999
By Lee Chemel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I saw these guys perform when I was in grad school in Madison Wisconsin in the early 60's and at a coffee house in Milwaukee. They were great then and today their stuff holds up. Authentic, unembellished sexuality and wit; great twelve string from Ray.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e5c1324) out of 5 stars Spider John, Snaker and Little Sun 22 Mar. 2004
By Timothy A. Rundquist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Who knew that three guys this cool were hanging around Minneapolis in the early 1960s? Back when Bob Dylan was but a skinny (and short-tenured) frosh at the U of M, Koerner, Ray and Glover were already lighting up the West Bank and Dinkytown with their eclectic blues, rags and hollers. The threesome were a blast of fresh air in a musical milieu that mostly resembled the inner-sleeve album photo (crew-cutted, horn-rimmed guy wearing headphones), helping the Twin Cities turn the page into what has been a tumultuous and productive scene ever since.
Having said that, "Blues, Rags and Hollers" is far from a perfect album. Live observers have noted that the threesome appeared each to be tapping their feet to their own tempos at times, and much of the music is enthusiastically sloppy in this way. However, such enthusiasm is their strong suit: the opening straight-vocal cut, "Linin' Track," begins the festivities with a bang and sets the tone throughout. Other standout tracks include "Bugger Burns," the Robert Johnson classic "Dust My Broom," and "Good Time Charlie."
Individually, I love Spider John's manic phrasing, the late Dave Ray's soulfulness and Glover's impeccable harmonica chops. What makes me cringe is when they sound, on occasion, like earnest white boys trying very, very hard to be black. On a couple of the cuts, the singer affects an oddball accent that would likely set John Lee Hooker spinning in his grave. However, given the fact that they so wonderfully found their own voices over the courses of their lengthy careers, and given their profound, positive influence on local music, such transgressions are easily forgiven.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e274084) out of 5 stars Smokin' Acoustic Blues 1 Aug. 2006
By M. Ness - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I do not own this particular set, but I do own them individually, and have listened to them since '71. I find KRG to be exciting musically and well rounded in the southern blues. I find it remarkable that three musicians could sit down and cut an entire album in a 12 hour session, and have it become a classic in no time at all. Buy it, buy it, buy it, you will not be disappointed!!!!
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