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Ass Pocket of Whiskey [Digipak]

R. L. Burnside Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 Aug 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B0009U5G1O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Going Down South
2. Boogie Chillen
3. Poor Boy
4. 2 Brothers
5. Snake Drive
6. Shake 'Em On Down
7. The Criminal Inside Me
8. Walkin' Blues
9. Tojo Told Hitler
10. Have You Ever Been Lonely

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Finally reissued! Landmark 1996 collaboration with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion ... an unbridled juke-joint jam. Includes "Goin' Down South". R.I.P. RL!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars R.L. Burnside Grand Daddie of Blues Punk? 23 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
I can't think of any other blues man alive or dead who could have achieved what RL has achieved on this album. It can best be described as blues meets punk meets heavy metal meet garage meets grunge meets.....
This album is definately not for the die hard blues anorak, or the easily offended, Criminal Inside Me should not be played in front of your grannie, even if someone old enough to be her husband did play it! RL puts a new and novel spin on Boogie Chillin, whilst when Togo Met Hitler is a joy. Compare the versions of Goin Down South and yet an other take on Shake Em' On Down with earlier version and you will wonder if Bob Dylan really has reinvented himself or if David Bowie really is the chamealeon of pop.RL leaves them in his wake. But the best track on the whole album has to be Snake Drive for its shear intensity and organised chaos, it is one track I can play again and again. All in all my opinion is that this album is quite possibly the best RL has done todate.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Proper nasty blues 3 Dec 2009
By doublegone TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:MP3 Download
When this came out over ten years ago it completely blew me away and changed my perceptions of what could be done with the blues.

It is one of only a handful of recordings I have heard in recent years that have given me that old excitement. That kick in the stomache feeling I got when I heard Son House playing Death Letter on the Paul Jones show in the 80s, or when I first heard Portishead's Dummy.

RL is at his best and so are Blues Explosion.

RL is no longer with us but thankfully we have these terrific recordings to remember him by. Another reviewer says this one is not for blues purists. I would disagree because this is the real spirit of the blues - the grindy John Lee Hooker kind that is all about the groove and the mood rather than showy soloing. When this came out there was a lot of very poor music being played under the banner blues, and the same is true today. This disc still stands as an authentic howl from the Mississippi.

You need to turn this stuff up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real live blues legend... 29 April 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album was recorded live in Burnside's garage with John Spencer's Blues Explosion as a backing group. It is amazing. So fresh and liveley, you feel like your in some seedy club witnessing a jam session.
Raw, foul mouthed, funny and tuneful. Buy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking album, not for blues purists! 2 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is a great little album. RL Burnside was one of the more innovative blues artists, certainly in his later days, experimenting with hip hop etc. Out of that period came this album recorded with the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. The Blues Explosion have always frustrated as they don't often create music in line with the connotation of their name. This is probably the closest that band will get to the blues and this album is all the better for it. Burnside staples like Shake em on down are converted into blues punk grooves, JL Hooker's Boogie Chillen is also a highlight as is Snake Drive, which is probably the best song on the album with its raw energy. Don't expect a typical blues album, as those who have heard Burnside and Spencer before will tell you. It's a whole lot more fun than that!
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