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  • Audio CD (6 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00BWWA59Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The St. Louis Blues
  2. Junkers Blues
  3. Kiss Of Fire
  4. Vicksburg Blues
  5. The Weed Smoker's Dream
  6. Wild Honey
  7. Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair
  8. Evenin'
  9. Didn't It Rain
  10. Careless Love
  11. One For My Baby
  12. I Hate A Man Like You
  13. Changes

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Didn't It Rain is the second album from comedian-turned-actor-turned-blues-maestro Hugh Laurie. Although the album follows the same vein as his hugely successful debut Let Them Talk in terms of its bluesy covers, this release sees Laurie move away from the New Orleans sound as he takes the listener on a musical tour of the American heartland instead.

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Deep rolling vocals from Mr Laurie, growling vocal from Taj Mahal; bell like high notes from the ladies. Real blues for the boys and girls who like the blues not the plethora of crap that we get in the pop charts. This is how the blues is played. Sit back and listen and enjoy. There is only one weak track on here....You work it out yourself as your tastes will be different to mine. Listen to the macabre send me to the electric chair and enjoy something almost so authentic that you could be wandering around the Mississippi delta in a pair of old shoes.
For an actor this is superb music. Hugh clearly loves what he does and with this album it shows.
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Slower and even more bluesy than the first album. Wasn't sure about it at first, but seeing and hearing some of the tracks live has made it much easier to listen to as you can picture the live show as you listen. The band is tremendous and Laurie is clearly having the time of his life playing with them. Also 2 fabulous 'unknown' singers with voices that put most of the current crop of 'stars' to shame.
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Everybody likes the very personable Hugh Laurie, who has entertained us from Fry and Laurie to Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster via Peter's Friends and Stuart Little and finally mega-stardom with House. This album carries on from his previous one `Let them talk' with more classy jazzy blues, with Laurie holding his own with his talented American musicians but taking slightly more of a back seat by leaving some of the vocals to others. Taj Mahal sings on Little Brother Montgomery's `Vicksburg Blues', while Jean McClain sings on the opener `St. Louis Blues', as well as `Send me to the 'lectric chair' and Jelly Roll Morton's `I Hate A Man Like You'. Guatemalan singer Gaby Moreno handles Joe McCoy's `The Weed Smoker`s Dream' (Why Don't You Do Right?) as well as dueting with Laurie on the sexy bilingual tango `Kiss of fire' and both women rip it up on a fabulous rollicking version of the title track, Sister Rosetta Tharpe's `Didn't it rain'. (Jean McClain deserves to get her own recording contract after her contributions here.) My favourite track featuring Hugh was his laid-back, very personal take on the old blues standard 'Careless love'.

I've seen less than kind reviews of this record, which I find hard to understand - it is well-played by Laurie and his all-star Copper Bottom Band (although I thought that guitarists Kevin Breit and Greg Leisz were under-used), well-produced by Joe Henry and there is lots of variety both in the material and the different singers. I thought there was a good mix of older and more modern songs - the album closes with Alan Price's `Changes' and also include's Dr. John's 'Wild Honey'.
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Such great tracks played by such a wonderful group of musicians all clearly enjoying what they do. Hugh Laurie is just so talented and easily holds his own. Not keen on only one track out of all of the others. Every bit as good as his first album, maybe even better but definitely worth adding to your collection.
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What a talented guy! I didn't think he could make a better recording than his last one but he could! He has fascinated us since se saw his first foray I to this environment on TV. A must buy for everyone's college action.
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Love this music - went to see the band at the Hammersmith Apollo and the live performance was just as good as the cd. Very impressive!
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After seeing Hugh Laurie on the television talking about this album, I wanted to explore his work further. It took me back to the real days of New Orleans Jazz. I am delighted to have this album in my eclectic collection
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By S. Broadbent TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2014
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Often when actors record albums it's for self gratification and a deluded view that they are more talented than they actually are.
However this is not the case for Hugh Laurie.
This man is incredibly talented, as an actor, writer and musician.
He can clearly play the piano, and his singing is fine. he has a passion for blues that comes across in his music.
I get the impression that Laurie has recorded this album not for money or recognition, but because of his sheer enjoyment and love for the blues, and his desire to share that with others.
His nasal American accent seems to be ideally suited to the genre, and he even has a world weary look to finish everything off.
What's not to like.
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