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New Orleans Street Talkin'

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  • Audio CD (20 May 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Black Top
  • ASIN: B0000003Q3
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 758,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It All Went Down The Drain
  2. Everybody's Gotta Cry Sometime
  3. Clairvoyant Lady
  4. Sexual Telepathy
  5. Love Is The Way Of Life
  6. Medieval Days
  7. Time For The Sun To Rise
  8. Old Mr. Bad Luck
  9. Always A First Time
  10. Hard River To Cross
  11. No City Like New Orleans

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This is a fine CD, and Earl King is a very fine bluesman with a completely distinctive sound (in keeping with all the greatest bluesmen) which came, perhaps, to epitomise the 'New Orleans sound'.

Earl started out in the 50s, carving out a niche as an imitator of and sometime stand-in for Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones. Indeed, his early sound is almost indistinguishable from Slim's, although, even then, his guitar-playing was smoother and more refined than Slim's (which was often crude, but always exhilarating).

With Slim's tragically early demise in the late 50s (at the tender age of 32), this particular source of work and inspiration for Earl dried up and he was on his own, free to begin the formation of his own sound. Well, you can't keep a good man down, and Earl certainly did begin to plough his own groove. By the sixties, his music had evolved, with his signature records from this period being 'Come On' - covered and made famous by Jimi Hendrix - and 'Trick Bag'.

But his development didn't end there, and he continued to refine his sound, becoming more soulful, jazzy and funky. By the early 70s, he had recorded 'Street Parade', which IMO is one of the funkiest, jazziest, most brilliant modern blues records ever! To me, if there is one song that captures the New Orleans sound, it is this record.

His creative output culminated in 3 albums from the period 1986 to 1993. These albums are 'Glazed', 'Sexual Telepathy' and 'Hard River To Cross', and it is from material on these albums that this CD is compiled.

There is, perhaps, only one weak track on this CD (Everybody's Gotta Cry Sometime), but the rest are great.
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HASH(0x9d838cf0) out of 5 stars Earl King Went Out With A Bang 25 Jun. 2007
By Eric R. Last - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a compilation consisting of tracks from 3 CDs that Earl King made for the Black Top label at the very end of his career. The opening 2 tracks are from the 1988 release "Glazed", with Earl backed by Roomful of Blues. Frankly, the matchup was only moderately successful, and these are 2 of the weaker tracks on the collection. The rest is split between material from the 1990 release "Sexual Telepathy" (5 tracks) and the 1992 release "Hard River To Cross" (4 tracks). The 1990 material is uniformly excellent, and the 1992 stuff is almost as good. Like many old time bluesmen, Earl King recorded some of the best music of his career at the end of his career. He passed away in 2003 at the age of 69. If you wanted to have just one CD by Earl King, I don't think you could do much better than this. My only quibble is the skimpy liner notes - it would be nice to get a little info about who the supporting musicians are, but this budget-line collection does not provide that.
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HASH(0x9d51be7c) out of 5 stars EARL IS KING! 14 Dec. 1999
By richard from omaha - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Earl King's music is an absolute treasure. If he were a product of any other nation on Earth, he would receive grants, fellowships, endowments and visits from substantial dignitaries. His name would be on the tongue of every school child and he would be showered with riches by an adoring populace. There never has been nor will there ever be anyone else who can sing and play like the New Orleans master, Earl King.
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