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Rough & Tough Hybrid SACD

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  • Audio CD (24 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Chesky
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,123 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Mind is Ramblin'
2. Still a Fool
3. Up the Line
4. My Time After Awhile
5. Got To Find My Baby
6. She's Tough
7. Chattanooga Choo Choo
8. Statesboro Blues
9. I Can Tell
10. Get Behind the Mule
11. No Place to Go
12. Slick Crown Vic
13. Come to Find Out
14. It Hurts Me Too
15. I Can't Be Satisfied

Product Description

A well-travelled blues troubadour, 'Rough & Tough' by John Hammond (his 36th album) features him with just his guitars and harmonica, revisiting songs by the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf & Blind Willie McTell, plus a couple of originals and even a cover of "Chattanooga Choo Choo".

Critics have described Hammond as a white Robert Johnson, and on 'Rough & Tough' Hammond does justice to classic blues by combining powerful guitar and harmonica playing with expressive vocals and a dignified stage presence.

Son of legendary Columbia Records producer John Hammond II, Hammond has been immersed in the blues since the mid-1960s. Along the way, he has recorded with such legendary figures as Dr. John, Duane Allman, Charlie Musselwhite and members of The Band but is best-known as the solo guitar man, harmonica slung in a rack around his neck, reinterpreting classic blues songs from the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.

Personnel: John Hammond (vocals, guitars, harmonica)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Og Oggilby VINE VOICE on 21 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
John Hammond is now the elder statesman of the Blues that he once used to admire. This high-quality bunch of re-recordings of career highpoints on a superior fidelity label is a fine resume of the great man's talents; raucous, soulful vocals, fine harmonica and intense guitar work conspires to make yet another high water mark for Hammond, who just gets better with the passing years. Love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mikeyh on 15 Nov 2011
Format: Audio CD
I saw John Hmmmond live for first time just last week in a bar venue in Melbourne. His performance was totally enthralling and engaging. He totally lives the song as he sings it, and his storytelling between songs is fascinating....and here lies the key to his appeal. Having started performing in the 50s, he has lived the blues lifestyle ever since, meeting and performing with many of the greats along the way. This Knowledge now makes him an elder statesman of blues by any measurement. This CD is immaculately recorded, and captures every nuance of his one man performance beautifully and maintains your full attention from start to finish. In terms of a stand out track, for me "Get Behind The Mule" is irresistable.

This is a real treasure from a great guy, who took the time to hang out, chat and sign CDs at the end of the gig. If you can't catch his current tour, grab this instead.
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By J. Gillan on 6 Mar 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Got into John Hammond via his Tom Waits covers album 'Wicked Grin' a few years ago, this is not quite as good, as it's mostly guitar and harmonica and not as interesting production wise, as that album. Nevertheless, the sparse arrangements suit the material covered and I still enjoyed it. The recording quality was every bit as good and the CD layer of this hybrid SACD was up to the same quality as Wicked Grin. The SACD layer version adds more space and separation (as it's multi-channel), was more defined in that acoustic space. more dynamic and was slightly smoother overall.

I've given it four stars, as I liked the arrangements on the previous albums more.
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1 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Giambattista Marcucci on 1 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
The way he's singing seems to me inconsistent, depressive, as stated correctly by Alan Wilson in the interview with Pete Welding many years ago. This recording, and all Hammond's output, seems to me rather ridicules. If you hear Do-Boy Diamond, KC Douglas, Teddy Williams, or Sam Chatmon, you should see the difference. It's just disgusting to see people like John Hammond or Mike Boonfield to be considered as the "eleder statement of the Blues". The blues, with only a few rare exceptions, is, in my opinion, an African-American form of art.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Blues from a church or how to use your acoustic guitar as a percussion instrument 27 April 2009
By Christopher Bushman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Following up his excellent rockin' electric effort, Push Comes To Shove, 2009 finds Mr. Hammond alone in a NYC church with just his weathered voice, acoustic guitars, bottleneck slide and harp for the SACD Chesky Records release Rough & Tough.

The location was picked for its acoustics and the liner notes make much of the purity of the recording process. This is a stellar sounding recording of acoustic blues standards with a Tom Waits tune and a couple of Hammond originals thrown in. There is not a bum track here but on the first couple of listens, I particularly like the Muddy Waters tunes Still A Fool and I Can't Be Satisfied plus Get Behind The Mule from Tom Waits and the original Slick Crown Vic. The opener, My Mind Is Ramblin', sounds like the wheels are coming off. This is a good thing.

John Hammond is a national treasure and Rough & Tough is a great addition to the blues cannon.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Rough & Tough - and great 29 Jan 2010
By Kari - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
John Hammond has been playing the blues for decades. Why I have not checked him out before, I don't know, but finally I did, thanks to a review in the Down Beat magazine. Better late than never. The cover of this CD shows you exactly what you'll get. Acoustic guitar, occasional harp, rough and tough vocals. Instant credibility - one gets the feeling that John Hammond sings about himself, he sounds so authentic. Encouraged by this disc, I got Hammond's Tom Waits and Robert Johnson collections. Same high quality. If you enjoy the blues - blues without gimmicks and "modernization" - try John Hammond's blues.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
John Hammond truly knows how to play the blues!!! 25 Sep 2009
By ""Just Fred "" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This new album is without a doubt the best album by him that I own,and I own about 15 albums of his. John Hammond has become a Blues master,and it must be age that does it. If your looking for true delta style acoustic blues then this is a must own . White man can't sing the blues ,(thats a bunch of crap) once you here John Hammond sing, that old saying is quickly forgotten. And sing and play guitar/harp he does like the true Idols he always loved.Standout tracks "Get Behind The Mule","Still a Fool","No Place To Go". Great Album !
OLD TIME BLUES 19 Jun 2013
By chgorealty - Published on Amazon.com
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Terrific collection of music from a terrific performer who really understands the music. Listen to the album and then do your self a favor and go see him in concert.
Absolutely authentic 19 Dec 2011
By Gordon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
I had not heard John Hammond before he came to town last month. The concert was brilliant. What a first rate performer. He sang mostly songs from this album. Thankyou John! The CD is as good as the concert. John puts all his considerable skill and emotion into every song. Being a country blues person myself this is just up my alley. Not the bland ballad material that Bibb and Mo play, but good gut wrenching, powerful songs delivered like it was the first and last time. Definitely worth checking out.
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