9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
How frustrating..., 15 Feb 2011
Was greatly looking forward to this one. But, I hate to say it, it was underwhelming...
Why? Well actually it could really good, I would love to have been there when it was recorded, I bet it sounded awesome in the flesh. But on the CD it sounds like they are rehearsing in an empty hall and someone's recorded it by sneaking a microphone in at the fire exit down the corridor.
The use of acoustic bass was a great idea, Willie Dixon and all that. But it never used to be this high in the mix. What with the boomy bass, the thumping piano, and the oppressive reverb, I find myself straining to hear the tasty guitar and vox on "I can't be satisfied", and "floating bridge", on normal speakers it's quite fatiguing on the ears. I saw it described as "Swampy" production. I call it 'muddy'.
This becomes less of a problem in tracks with horns like "Just Another Rider".
Sometimes the 'all star cast' aspect is also non-optimal. Skip James "Devil got my woman" is everything I hoped for: beautiful, haunting, delicious guitar, just gritty enough vocals... for the first 1:14, and then ba dump dump dump and rinky tink tink, the thumping bass, rattly piano, hammond etc join the party and it's good, I think, but it had already been great. This just wasn't needed. They're great players, let them shine on other tracks, but not all together and at the same time...
Listen on earbuds, and turn down the bass though and "I believe I'll go back home" and "Rolling Stone" get ya. Great stuff.
Gregg et al, I know you're in there... just remix it, with a bit more subtlety and it will be an absolute killer.