on 12 November 2002
If you haven't heard this, do yourself a favour; buy it now.
The sound is terrific. This is the definitive Luther Allison live album. The tracks are live versions of those on the recent excellent Ruf Records series; especially Bad Love... with the intensity stepped up to an almost unbearable level.
My favourite is Big City. Here, Luther takes you through all the emotions; he threatens, pleads, cajoles and cries thru' his guitar. The blues is raised to a new level, with variations in dynamics and intensity easily the equal of some of the greatest jazz performers.
I never saw Luther live; but this must be as close as it gets.
Here is the late and much lamented Luther Allison at his peak. After a series of superb studio albums for Alligator, he climaxes them with this no holds barred live album.
He really is at the pinnacle of his form. His own more recently written songs are excellent, full of fire and emotion. His voice is raw and powerful, superbly expressing emotion. He has rarely bettered his own electrifying guitar playing. Straddling the line between rock and blues and enjoyed by fans of both, Luther Allison truly was a master.
Unforgettable, unbeatable, this is over two hours of music to be enjoyed, loved, and treasured. No-one who loves electric blues and powerhouse rock will be disappointed.
on 19 May 2007
Luther Allison finally got the recognition he so richly deserved winning 4 WC Handy Awards in 1994 following the release of his album 'Soul Fixin Man' or 'Bad Love' as it was titled in Europe. The following year he returned to his spiritual home... Chicago for the first time in 10 years to deliver an unforgetable perfomance at the Blues Festival! Fortunately this was recorded and can be heard on this incendiary double live album which features extended versions for many of his classic songs!
Luther Allison was without doubt the ultimate entertainer and one of the few artists who knew how to sing and play the blues like it ought to be played... passionately with his mind, body and soul playing each note as if it were his last! Very few of his contemporaries could or still can light up the stage the way he did, for he had not only mastered his trade, but also in some way even authenticated it! Most people who knew the great man would probably agree that when he died... a lot of the blues died with him!
"Leave your ego, play the music, love the people" was what he used to preach... and you can't argue with that... Amen!
on 9 November 2004
All I can say is the Chicago Fire Dept must have been busy putting the fire out after the concert. It is wonder the venue is still standing. You will not hear a better live blues album period. So many highlights, Cherry Wine, Move From the Hood etc. all blister the paintwork. Fitting epitaph for one of the blues most underrated guitarist.
I feel cheated and annoyed with myself. If you buy the mp3 version because you think it's cheaper, you need to know that it only has the contents from the FIRST CD. You get 10 tracks instead of 19 and of course, there is no returns when you've downloaded.
The performance itself is top notch. Great guitar, soulful vocals and a good atmosphere.
The trouble is, that just makes me more frustrated. Volume 2 (the mp3 from the second CD) don't show up on Amazon's Luther Allison page but if you search Luther Allison Live In Chicago Vol. 2, it can be found but it makes the overall purchase more expensive.
on 16 May 2016
this is Top Quality blues and while it has Luther's stinging guitar...it also has some brilliant rhythm guitar playing ,by James Solberg[?] or do they take it in turns...????......my guitar expertise is not really sufficiently advanced but you get two channels worth of listening and therefore double the listening pleasure! Check out 'Everything's Gonna Be Alright' and you will see what I mean......