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  • Audio CD (2 Jun. 2014)
  • Special Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Special Edition
  • Label: PROVOGUE RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00JDB4D3M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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From the first time Walter Trout, as a tormented teenager, heard the haunting guitar playing of Mike Bloomfield, he instinctively knew the blues was his calling. 2014 marks the year Walter Trout looks back at an almost 50-year commitment to playing and singing the blues. “The Blues Came Callin” will be released worldwide on Monday June 2..The songs on the album reflect Walter’s thoughts about mortality and his renewed appreciation for being alive.

Recorded throughout 2013 and early 2014, the new album features 12 new songs including 10 originals. Walter reunites with John Mayall on the title track The Blues Came Callin’ along with Mayall’s Piano Boogie. Walter searches his soul on this album and lays it bare allowing new appreciation for life. The blues comes full circle; both as a reflective statement about his life and career, and as an all-penetrating desire to get back on stage and do what he loves most. Special Edition Digipack with 12 track CD and DVD. DVD features a brand new documentary of Walter shot in early 2014. The booklet is extended with a sneak preview of forthcoming book titled: “Rescued from Reality-The Life and Times of Walter Trout”

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I knew this album would be great, what I wasn't expecting was for it to be FANTASTIC.Even eclipsing Modern Daze.
The production is amazing thanks to Walt and Eric Corne.
For reasons we all know there are some deeply personal songs about Walts ailing health, now hopefully thanks to his transplant that will improve.Songs such as Wastin Away.Bottom of the River and the stunning Nobody Moves Me, his tribute to Marie. He pairs up with John Mayall on Mayalls Piano Boogie(a 1 take spontaneous track).Tight Shoes is a great instrumental
Im not going to go through every single track as the booklet gives details already, but I have to say, given the circumstances under which this album was recorded Walter has possibly just released his best album to date, and that takes some doing!!!!His guitar playing is stronger than ever and the style is STILL Walter, but uniquely different from previous releases. Joe Bonamassa fans take note, JB is the pupil, Walter is the master.
Fantastic!!!Well done my man, and hope your back on these shores soon to play some of this stuff
The 40 min bonus dvd is a fascinating look at the man himself and his music. More ive no doubt will be revealed in the book, but to see Walt break down and cry when talking about his step dad is heartwrenching.Walt has danced with the devil and still, despite his addictions and health, retained a sense of belief in himself.Marie has really been his guardian angel and saviour, if not for her strength and obvious love for her husband, Walt may not have been here today.
What comes across though is a very honest warm man, well thought of and highly respected and much loved.
He has been through hell and back throughout the years and yet still retains a sense of decency.
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The Blues Came Callin’ – Walter Trout
The release of any new Walter Trout album is an occasion to rejoice, never has it been so much like that than with the release of the great man’s latest album. Coming as it does at the time when Blues fans globally are thankful that Walter has successfully come through his liver transplant and is recovering so well. It is almost as though the planets have aligned to give the legions of Blues fans worldwide a cause for double celebration.
Certainly I cannot remember the last time I awaited my first listen of a new album like I have this. And so instantly have I fallen in love with it that this review is written after one take.
On the opening two tracks we are in familiar Trout territory, Wasting Away and The World Is Going Crazy. The anger about his own condition within the former and his railing against the corruption, lies and inequality of modern life in the latter, evident through the rasped angered vocal and the furious fiery fretwork.
The Bottom of the River tells the story of Trout’s recent struggle for life, the depths of the water a metaphor for his ill health and the light above the surface that pulls him up as he realises it ‘Ain’t Your Time to Die, being the catalyst for survival. The musical arrangement is empathic, deft rhythms and soft keys and the strength to fight his battles evident in the driving, powerful echoed solo. Now we know the fight is on!
The Whale Have Swallowed Me is a reflective narration of the mortality of man and the search for inner peace and once more Trout and the band, assisted by the great John Mayall support the lyric. Then the street fighter that Trout has always been shows his courage with some heavy chops and a searing solo.
All thoughts of ill health are swatted away on the next two cuts.
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It would have been very easy and perfectly understandable for Walter to have released an album of self centred 'woe is me' songs....but that wouldn't be the Walter trout way. Here is Walter at the top of his game. For me the high light has to be the inclusion of the tasty jam with John mayall. No swansongs here!!! Let's hope he is well enough to get the chance to perform live before too long. Much respect to a true master of his craft.
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By R. Muir TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2014
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Alongside Rescued From Reality, (the official biography-via-interviews by Henry Yates) and a series of limited edition vinyl re-releases, The Blues Came Callin’ was supposed to be part of the celebrations commemorating 25 years of Walter Trout as a solo artist.

As it turned out it was, and is, but the harsh reality of the situation is without a successful liver transplant both book and album could have marked the final chapter of the noted Bluesman’s storied musical career.

Not that the album shows much sign of a man with failing health; outside of a slightly weaker vocal a number of the songs don’t just epitomise modern blues they epitomise the man and his music – and the place he was in during the recordings.

"Lookin’ in the mirror, but I don’t know who I see" declares Walter Trout on the mid-tempo opener 'Wastin’ Away' before going on to deliver a couple of tasty, quick-fire solos (while the vocal is thinner Trout’s guitar is in fine voice throughout).

'The World is Goin’ Crazy (And So Am I)' follows and is another beefy slice of blues, but it’s numbers such as the acoustic based 'The Bottom of The River' (lyrically describing Trout’s struggles with his ill-health) and the title track, a traditional got me the blues number featuring some fiery fret burning and guest musician John Mayall on organ (Trout played with Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in the mid to late 80's) that really shine.

John Mayall, who released his own new studio album in 2014, also features on the rhythmic blues of 'The Whale Have Swallowed Me' and 'Mayall’s Piano Boogie,' a simple-yet-effective one-take instrumental.
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