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Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy
 
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Common Ground: Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy

2 Jun 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 3 Jun 2014
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • Copyright: 2014 Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin exclusively licensed to Yep Roc Records
  • Total Length: 42:39
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  • ASIN: B00K2ZE5RW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,728 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Shimmin on 7 Jun 2014
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Writing about Big Bill Broonzy, long-time jazz critic Nat Hentoff observed, "The blues is about the way people live, the way they really live. The good times, the lost times, the hoping times, the times when you remember you're going to die, the times when everything is so right you want time to stop." In his autobiography "Big Bill Blues" Broonzy asked to be remembered, "as a well-known blues singer and player and has recorded 260 blues songs from 1925 up till 1952; he was a happy man when he was drunk and playing with women; he was liked by all the blues singers, some would get a little jealous sometimes but Bill would buy a bottle of whiskey and they all would start laughing and playing again. . . ." It should not have been so surprising to open "Common Ground", the latest effort by Dave and Phil Alvin, and discover that after more than 30 years in the same patch, they're ready to claim space among the standouts.

Taken as a whole this album is surprising on two accounts. First, many artists will present a contemporary audience with a personal interpretation of an older recording. Think Eric Clapton featuring the Broonzy song "Key to the Highway" while fronting Derek and the Dominos in 1970. Stretching the listeners' attention to a single song writer is much rarer; recall Maria Muldaur's gem "Sweet Lovin' Ol' Soul" where about half of the tunes chosen originated with Memphis Minnie. The decision to limit the song selection here to Bill Broonzy compositions posed a challenge to both the Alvin brothers and to their audience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Jun 2014
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As lead singer with The Blasters, blessed with a big voice well suited to the blues and a virtuoso on harmonica, it is surprising that Phil Alvin, unlike brother Dave, has released just two solo albums over the past thirty years. But now, on this first collaboration with Dave since 1985 he brings that fabulous bluesy voice right back onto centre stage as the brothers play tribute to Big Bill Broonzy.

Together with Dave's sublime acoustic, electric and National Steel guitars, this is a reminder of not just how good the Alvin brothers are together but just how good Broonzy's songs are too. Highlights include his best known number, "Key To The Highway" with Phil and Dave taking turns at the mike, "Just A Dream", a wonderful swamp blues and "Stuff They Call Money" a piano, bass and drums infused country blues.

But, in truth, there isn't a bad cut on the album and how could there be? With Big Bill's peerless songs, the Alvins at their imposing best and a band that is always compelling but never intrusive, this is an album that it is too good to fail. This is not just another iteration of The Blasters but another celebration of Americana performed with passion and pride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. W. Riggs on 2 Jun 2014
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Much like the recent Neil Young record 'Letter Home' Dave and Phil Alvin have reconvened to look back for this record dedicated to Big Bill Broonzy. But for me these records are worlds apart, whilst Neil sounds morbid and self-absorbed this record sounds fresh and full of great songs and the combo of Phil & Dave for me gets to the heart of Americana. Anyone wondering what we've been missing for the last 30 years needs to listen 'What's Up With Your Brother' from Dave Alvin's 11 11 record. This record succeeds where other tribute records fail as the music here is enhanced by the playing and singing not weighed down by history.
Buy this and all The Blasters and Dave Alvin records.
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Don't miss this one because it's an absolutely cracking album. Big Bill would be proud of these two Alvin lads.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rob w on 11 Jun 2014
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Phil and David Alvin were in a band called the Blasters in the early eighties they split up when the brothers fell out, about two years ago they reunited on David's solo album 'Eleven Eleven' on the witty track' What's Up With Your Brother?'. This is the album they have chosen to make together due to a love of the music of Big Bill Broonzy and that love of his music comes through in the playing which is beautifully done. This is of course a Blues album so if you don't like that style then this is not an album for you, but if you do like the Blues this is well worth checking out.
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