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Product details

  • Audio CD (6 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00BWWA59Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The St. Louis Blues
  2. Junkers Blues
  3. Kiss Of Fire
  4. Vicksburg Blues
  5. The Weed Smoker's Dream
  6. Wild Honey
  7. Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair
  8. Evenin'
  9. Didn't It Rain
  10. Careless Love
  11. One For My Baby
  12. I Hate A Man Like You
  13. Changes

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Didn't It Rain is the second album from comedian-turned-actor-turned-blues-maestro Hugh Laurie. Although the album follows the same vein as his hugely successful debut Let Them Talk in terms of its bluesy covers, this release sees Laurie move away from the New Orleans sound as he takes the listener on a musical tour of the American heartland instead.

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Deep rolling vocals from Mr Laurie, growling vocal from Taj Mahal; bell like high notes from the ladies. Real blues for the boys and girls who like the blues not the plethora of crap that we get in the pop charts. This is how the blues is played. Sit back and listen and enjoy. There is only one weak track on here....You work it out yourself as your tastes will be different to mine. Listen to the macabre send me to the electric chair and enjoy something almost so authentic that you could be wandering around the Mississippi delta in a pair of old shoes.
For an actor this is superb music. Hugh clearly loves what he does and with this album it shows.
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Slower and even more bluesy than the first album. Wasn't sure about it at first, but seeing and hearing some of the tracks live has made it much easier to listen to as you can picture the live show as you listen. The band is tremendous and Laurie is clearly having the time of his life playing with them. Also 2 fabulous 'unknown' singers with voices that put most of the current crop of 'stars' to shame.
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Such great tracks played by such a wonderful group of musicians all clearly enjoying what they do. Hugh Laurie is just so talented and easily holds his own. Not keen on only one track out of all of the others. Every bit as good as his first album, maybe even better but definitely worth adding to your collection.
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Everybody likes the very personable Hugh Laurie, who has entertained us from Fry and Laurie to Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster via Peter's Friends and Stuart Little and finally mega-stardom with House. This album carries on from his previous one `Let them talk' with more classy jazzy blues, with Laurie holding his own with his talented American musicians but taking slightly more of a back seat by leaving some of the vocals to others. Taj Mahal sings on Little Brother Montgomery's `Vicksburg Blues', while Jean McClain sings on the opener `St. Louis Blues', as well as `Send me to the 'lectric chair' and Jelly Roll Morton's `I Hate A Man Like You'. Guatemalan singer Gaby Moreno handles Joe McCoy's `The Weed Smoker`s Dream' (Why Don't You Do Right?) as well as dueting with Laurie on the sexy bilingual tango `Kiss of fire' and both women rip it up on a fabulous rollicking version of the title track, Sister Rosetta Tharpe's `Didn't it rain'. (Jean McClain deserves to get her own recording contract after her contributions here.) My favourite track featuring Hugh was his laid-back, very personal take on the old blues standard 'Careless love'.

I've seen less than kind reviews of this record, which I find hard to understand - it is well-played by Laurie and his all-star Copper Bottom Band (although I thought that guitarists Kevin Breit and Greg Leisz were under-used), well-produced by Joe Henry and there is lots of variety both in the material and the different singers. I thought there was a good mix of older and more modern songs - the album closes with Alan Price's `Changes' and also include's Dr. John's 'Wild Honey'.
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Love this music - went to see the band at the Hammersmith Apollo and the live performance was just as good as the cd. Very impressive!
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What a talented guy! I didn't think he could make a better recording than his last one but he could! He has fascinated us since se saw his first foray I to this environment on TV. A must buy for everyone's college action.
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oh dear. i'm writing a review. there'll be self-flagellation and other penitential forms of mortification tonight!
nonetheless and somehow, i feel compelled to make a few embarrassing and expertly self-important observations such as: this album is really, really brilliant.
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i'll also admit to still being awestruck by laurie's fleet-footed progression to this caliber of musical craftsmanship. what's even more stupefying, is that he makes this assiduous process seem entirely effortless. it doesn't quite seem fair to me to summarize the 2nd album as primarily showcasing an evolution in musical "sophistication" and range. what does that even mean? while there certainly are various perceptible changes as in experimentation with vocal range & ensemble, instrumental arrangements & stylistic variations, etc., the pleasure of this album also very much lies in what laurie managed to retain within the transition between Let Them Talk & Didn't It Rain. i, for example, find delight in recognizing hugh laurie as the re-interpreting presence through which i'm newly seduced by and differently introduced to "old songs" and, more precisely, in being allowed to recognize this musical mediator as somebody coequal, self-same, familiar... a fellow seductee and fan, who enchants by performing his own (ongoing) seduction by blues music for us. while i've become capable of separating house from laurie, i neither want or can separate the pleasure of the music from the pleasure of experiencing laurie's infectious passion for blues that is so charmingly marked by a very earnest joy, endearing devotion and rapturous humility. the music seems palpably and invariably mediated by that very quality in laurie himself.
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