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A modern classic,
This review is from: Hoodoo Man Blues (Audio CD)
With respect to my fellow reviewer, this album is not really fifties blues. It was recorded in the mid-sixties and was, as other reviews describe, a fine contemporary work. And, had it been recorded this year, it would still sound current. It has a vitality and presence which passes the test of time with honours. And so, it is blues - very good blues - which does not need to be slotted into a specific era.
What a band! Four brilliant musicians at the top of their game. I'm not familiar with drummer Billy Warren but I like his style; Jack Myers was a very influential bassist with a fresh approach to a classic form; Buddy Guy was in excellent form on these sessions; and Junior Wells leads them to many peaks throughout the album. He is 'his own man' as a vocalist and harmonicist. I would hesitate to claim that he is the equal of Little Walter (although he was a very serious rival to Walter in the early 1950s) but I love what he plays. The comparison is pointless. He's who he is, and that's good enough for anybody.
So - why four stars, not five? I've docked one star for tuning problems which spoil a couple of tracks for me. I won't say which tracks because if you haven't noticed then I don't want to spoil it for you...
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Initial post: 5 Sep 2011 18:55:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Sep 2011 20:09:19 BDT
Keith Randall says:
Please note that my review is of the earlier release, without the extra tracks and improved sound. I don't own this new version - yet! That's why I don't comment on the sound quality compared to earlier releases or refer to the extra tracks and so forth.
Many thanks to those responsible for the issue of this now-improved classic.
Posted on 11 Jan 2012 21:18:02 GMT
Chris Smith says:
Couldn't have summed this up any better Keith,
Chris Smith (now Forest of Dean, formerly Aldridge)
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2012 11:31:21 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2012 21:21:12 BDT
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Keith Randall says:
Thanks Chris, I hope all's well. Amazon don't allow address details etc but we're still on the Isle of Man at present.
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