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Pure Blues [Import]

Various , Eric Clapton , Duane Allman , Kenny Wayne Shepherd , Stevie Ray Vaughan , et al. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Utv
  • ASIN: B00005B6AB
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mean Old World - Eric Clapton/Duane Allman
2. Good Morning Little School Girl - Jonny Lang
3. Shame, Shame, Shame - Kenny Wayne Shepherd
4. Flood Down In Texas - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
5. Smoking Gun - Robert Cray
6. Just Won't Burn - Susan Tedeschi
7. Little Red Rooster - Luther Allison
8. Let Me Love You Baby - Buddy Guy
9. Statesboro Blues - The Allman Brothers Band
10. Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf
11. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
12. Have You Ever Loved A Woman - Freddy King
13. Hound Dog - Big Mama Thornton
14. Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed
15. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer - John Lee Hooker
16. Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor
17. Born Under A Bad Sign - Albert King
18. Tell Mama - Etta James
19. Turn On Your Love Light - Bobby 'Blue' Bland
20. The Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King

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5.0 out of 5 stars It does what it says on the tin. 17 July 2014
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So, what do we have here? An absolutely stonking compilation of various forms of 'da blooz' ranging from the 50s right through to the turn of the century. This comp has been put together by people who appreciate the music in its various forms. Big thanks to Universal for this 20-track offering.
It starts with an outtake from 'Layla' -Mean old World, Eric on acoustic and Duane on acoustic slide, then Jonny Lang, a 15-year old! with his take on 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl.
The quite precocious talent of Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Shame Shame Shame, recorded when he was just 18, but sounding like he's been around forever is followed by a live version of Flood Down in Texas from Stevie Ray Vaughan Montreaux '82. Robert Cray's Smoking Gun is next, then Susan Tedeschi with her self-penned 'Just Won't Burn' from her debut album of 1999, sounding not unlike Janis Joplin. [In 2000 she opened for BB King's concerts]
An evil take on 'Little Red Rooster' from Luther Allinson [on the Motown label!] is followed by an early Buddy Guy version of Willie Dixon's 'Let Me Love You Baby' then on to the Allman Bros live 'Statesboro Blues' from the Fillmore.
Now it gets really interesting. The rest of the 11 tracks were recorded between 1952 and 1969 featuring the giants of the original blues artists. Howlin' Wolf/Spoonful, Muddy Waters/Hoochie Coochie Man, Freddie King/Have You Ever Loved a Woman, Big Mama Thornton/Hound Dog, Jimmy Reed/Big Boss Man, John Lee Hooker/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, Koko Taylor/Wang Dang Doodle, Albert King/Born Under A Bad Sign, Etta James/Tell Mama, Bobby 'Blue' Bland/Turn on Your Love Light, and last but in no way least BB King with the heart-breakingly beautiful 'The Thrill Is Gone.
A wonderful, wonderful album, full of surprises and a credit to all the artists on it. Buy with confidence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 10 July 2013
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True blues, a real classic and I don't want to write anything else so please remove this stupid word limit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "all are here ~ legends of the blues ~ acoustic to electric" 17 April 2001
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
From the legends to the modern masters ~ the acoustic to the electric ~ featuring 20 essential recordings covering the last half-century of the blues by the greatest and the latest.
Spanning five decades ~ original as original can be ~ "Pure Blues", is just what the doctor ordered ~ the best medicine from the likes of ~ Luther Allison, The Allman Brothers Band, Duane Allman, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Etta James, Albert King, B.B. King, Freddy King, Jonny Lang, Jimmy Reed, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Koko Taylor, Susan Tedeschi, Big Mama Thornton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf ~ each artist with detailed liner-notes and a little history of their background and accomplishments.
Want to thank ~ Andy McKaie (compilation producer) ~ Jeff Moskow (associate producer) ~ Doug Schwartz/Audio Mechanics (digitally mastered) ~ Mike Fink (design) ~ Geary Chansley & Ryan Null (photo research) ~ and Universal Music for this one-of-a-kind album for us, the fans of the best music around...BLUES!
This CD is proof, once and for all ~ that the "BLUES" was then, is now and IS FOREVER ~ we've hit pay-dirt...and that folks, is the truth, plain and simple!
Total Time: 76:28 on 20 Tracks...UTV Records 314 556 176 2...(2001)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Blues 21 Feb 2006
By Monty Rainey - Published on Amazon.com
I own a lot of blues music by single artists and probably a couple of dozen by various artists and this is the one I find myself going back to most often. PURE BLUES is such a great mixture of just what the title says, pure blues.

You'll find some night club blues (what my wife calls "dirty leg" blues) such as "Shame, Shame, Shame" by Kenny Wayne Sheppard, contemporary blues with "Flood Down in Texas" by SRV, classic guitar blues with "Thrill is Gone" by BBK, and every other kind of blues sound that has come along over the last 5 decades.

With most compilation albums, there always seem to be a few songs that I don't like, but not with this one. If you love the blues, you'll love this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You like blues? You'll like this! 2 Jun 2008
By Steven A. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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This starts off with Eric Clapton and Duane Allman singing "Mean Old World" and ends with B. B. King singing the classic "The Thrill Is Gone." In between, works of blues artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, The Allman Brothers Band, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Freddy King, Jimmy Reed, Albert King, Etta James, and others. WOW! If you like blues, you'll like this eclectic CD.

Some examples:

"Mean Old World." Clapton and Allman do a nice job here. Spare guitar work and raw blues vocals. This is a Little Walter song, and Clapton and Allman do it justice.

"Shame, Shame, Shame." Kenny Wayne Shepherd takes this song on. There is some nice scorching blues guitar work and fine blues vocals. This is a neat cut! Blues fans will enjoy. . . .

"LIttle Red Rooster." Oh, yeah! One of Willie Dixon's best compositions. Mick Jagger and the Stones did a nicer turn on this. Here, Luther Allison is the artist. This is another fine rendering of this work. Great guitar work, fine vocals. Outstanding!

"Hoochie Coochie Man." This is the real deal. Muddy Waters himself takes on this Willie Dixon song--and as soon as I say it's Muddy Waters, I need say nothing further. This is another terrific cut. I get goose bumps listening to this one.

"Hound Dog." Elvis did a version of this that stood the United States ion its head. Before Elvis, Big Mama Thornton sang an earlier version. What a treat! Listen and compare her version with Elvis'. Hers is absolutely great blues and I find it compelling. This is 2:50 of raw blues. Wow!

The final cut on this CD--"The Thrill Is Gone." One of B. B. King's best! Forget its popularity and get back to the music itself. This is a great work. His spare guitar work is more effective than some rock guitarists who spew out zillions of notes--with not a scintilla of the effectiveness of King. Stunning!

There are many other fine works, too.

In short, if you are interested in blues, from all manner of singers, you will find this most satisfying. 5 stars without any question!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for a blues fan 12 Jan 2008
By R. Pohlmann - Published on Amazon.com
This CD has some great music on it. My only gripe is that they included two or three tracks that got overplayed on FM radio, like "Smoking Gun" and "The Thrill Is Gone". The first track, with Eric Clapton & Duane Allman is awesome and it alone, in my opinion, makes this CD worth buying.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 23 April 2014
By Robert Brasher - Published on Amazon.com
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