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Get Up!

Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca/Concord
  • ASIN: B00A7L00XE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. I'm In I'm Out And I'm GoneCharlie Musselwhite 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. We Can't End This WayCharlie Musselwhite 3:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Don't Believe A Word You SayCharlie Musselwhite 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. You Found Another Lover (I Lost Another Friend)Charlie Musselwhite 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Ride At DawnCharlie Musselwhite 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Blood Side OutCharlie Musselwhite 2:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Get Up!Charlie Musselwhite 6:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Ben Harper has teamed with renowned harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite to create Get Up!, a piercing song-cycle of struggle and heart. Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Harper, Get Up!, is his 12th studio album and first new recording since 2011's Give Till It's Gone.

A striking mix of blues, gospel, roots and R&B, Get Up! features ten vivid musical character studies, skillfully rendered in cinematic detail. Charlie Musselwhite's searing point/counter-point harmonica accentuates Harper's vocals throughout the album tieing the songs together into a cohesive musical whole. The band, including Jason Mozersky on guitar, Jesse Ingalls on bass and Jordan Richardson on drums plays with economical grit, lending the songs true understanding and authority.

BBC Review

If a case needs to be made for blues music in the mainstream – and really, given the story of Adele, it shouldn’t – this meeting of crack talents from two generations fits the brief.

Ben Harper has been exploring the rootsy end of the pop spectrum for more than 20 years without ever identifying himself with a genre. He has mixed vintage jazz with beatboxing and even covered Strawberry Fields Forever.

But it has been in dialogue that his gifts have flourished, and the passing years have found him an increasingly productive collaborator.

Maybe it’s something to do with the pliant lightness of his voice, or the way his musical interests can wander, but these collaborations have added heft to an always-engaging career. Harper’s 2004 release with The Blind Boys of Alabama,There Will Be a Light, may have been the most satisfying record by either of them – and it’s well trumped by this terrific two-hander.

“I only know one tune,” has been Charlie Musselwhite’s confession – but what a tune. This is the veteran whose third wedding featured John Lee Hooker as best man, and since his sensational debut in the 60s blues boom he has earned an unequalled reputation as a harmonica man.

Now sweet, now rasping, and always chorusing and counterpointing with the keenest ears around, Musselwhite’s dialogue with Harper’s soulful tenor and punchy guitar is pure Astaire and Rogers.

Fans of the harmonica player might think him too much the straight man here, but the presence of living history has Harper at the top of his game.

There are wide, colourful horizons to Get Up!’s “one tune”, from the clapping gospel chorus of We Can’t End This Way to the bubbling bass riff of the title track, or in the way the stripped-down slow burn of Don’t Look Twice gives way to the blast of the full band.

All the way through, Musselwhite’s subtle, rich-toned commentary maintains a focus. So you’ll hear echoes of Jimi Hendrix, the Blind Boys and even the laidback groove of Jack Johnson here, but make no mistake: this is the blues.

--Ninian Dunnett

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie gives Ben's sound an interesting twist 4 Feb 2013
By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Charlie Musselwhite has been playing blues harp since the 60s and in that time has developed his own unique style based firmly in the blues but with some really individual quirks and twists that make it really easy to pick out his playing. I must admit I prefer him as an accompanist rather than as a bandleader - as with his playing on records by Bonnie Raitt, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Tom Waits.

Here the songs and singing are provided by Ben Harper with Charlie adding his distinctive melodic flourishes, as on the opening number "Don't look twice" which starts off as a typical Ben Harper slide-based ballad but then Charlie's harmonica playing takes it to a different place, giving it an almost Tom Waits-like feel. Elsewhere "I'm in I'm out I'm gone", "I don't believe a word you say" and "Blood side out" are all tough bluesy songs with Ben's full band and driven by the harp and guitar, while "She got kick" is also very bluesy but has lead guitar up front and very subdued harp. "We can't end this way" is a nice gospel song complete with backup vocals. Two of my favourite tracks are the two slow acoustic ballads "You found another lover" and the closing "All that matters now", both very moving. This is a very loose, relaxed record - it's not the best thing that either artist has done but it is a rewarding listen with both men really gelling and complementing each other.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ......And stay up. 15 July 2013
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Charlie Musselwhite is God's own harp player. I enjoy most of what he does and 'Continental Drifter' remains one of my favourite albums. I imagine Charlie's road-worn voice is an acquired taste for some and with Harper on vocal duties throughout Charlie gets to hunker down to some real business on harmonica and probably find a whole new audience for his playing in so doing. This is no harmonica album though. Charlie often seeks new musical landscapes for his blues harp and this is no exception. The ensemble playing is gritty and authentic. There is light and space in the recording, a rare pleasure these days when so much new music seems so heavily compressed. The CD is not overlong either, so we get all the meat and none of the fat. Standout tracks for me are 'We Can't End This Way', 'Blood Side Out' and 'I Ride At Dawn'. Charlie must have been taking a coffee break during the latter, which features an excellent vocal from Harper. Special mention for the bass player who must have had a great time making this music. These boys have kept the faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Partnership 11 Mar 2013
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If you like your Blues with meaning and a little bit of soul, this is an album for you. Get it!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring and traditional 12 April 2014
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To me this is more of another boring straightforward muzak - blues with no potential. It just rolls on in the same traditional modus and it kind of disappoints me that Ben Harper participates 'cause I've found his productions to be far more elaborate and complicated kind of bluesy folk rock with much more stamina and interesting twists.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a classic we must have on vinyl 29 Jan 2014
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I'm not a fan of Ben Harper but this this is a great Blues Album, a classic we must have on vinyl
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this is a really good record, i resisted a 5 star rating because, even though i'm still in the process of ingesting it, it just seems to marginally lack that extra jeu ne sais quoi that merits a fifth star. some stand-out stompers, some laid-back yet soulfully intense medium-pacers, some respectfully-wrought folky/ballady things, but never less than groovesome, intense but not heavy-going both musically and in lyrical sentiment, and finally a success any way you look at it. this is a partnership that will last, and will probably get even better . for now, this is top-notch blues/rock/soul music, without too many equals. you just get the feeling they're warming up.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get up 1 May 2014
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Great cd two men doing what they do best ,making good music for all to hear. Long may it last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get up does and is in your faces blues/roots 5 April 2014
Format:Audio CD
Having given up a bit on Ben Harper, this was a pleasant surprise. I have yet to watch the DVD but the music is sound. Charlie Musselwhite and Ben harper mix well. I have always had a fondness for the gob iron and Mr Musselwhite's chops do not disappoint. Dedicated to Solomon Burke and the great John Lee Hooker is apt as their spirit is alive and kicking in this mix. Usual bitter sweet Ben Harper lyrics but good moody mix of blues and shredded up guitar an' squalling harp makes this one for the collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get Down
Ben Harper is new to me. I was impressed by his voice and range of material. The tracks vary in quality on this disc but the best ones are those which allow Charlie Mussel White... Read more
Published 7 months ago by St Colms
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Blues album Grammy winner 2014
The album won a Grammy for the Best Blues Album this year 2014, beating Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart's 'Seesaw'. Just listen to it.
Published 7 months ago by Mr. G. Horsewood
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM I'VE HEARD IN AGES.....
Such a fresh approach to roots music - the best blues - the best of everything. So raw - yet refined, classy and brilliant. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Hewitt
3.0 out of 5 stars No more than OK.
Three or four nice tracks but nothing to write home about. Good enough to lisen to in the car while driving on the autobahn.
Published 8 months ago by Livy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great tracks and a bit different to what I have listened to before. After a few times listening the quality of the musicians really sinks in.
Published 10 months ago by Mr Stephen J McGrath
5.0 out of 5 stars Just all talent!
Another superb sound experience. Ben Harper never does things by 1/2! Thank you Mr harper for introducing me to Charlie Musselwhite.
Published 14 months ago by Gitte Nielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy It!
Great cd don't know much about Ben Harper except he is great musician and as for Charlie Musselwhite say no more.
Published 15 months ago by Mad Mark
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