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On the Jimmy Reed Highway

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ruf
  • ASIN: 5557604251
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Let's see,you get one of the most powerful voices in modern blues in Omar Kent Dykes (yes he of Omar and the Howlers),add a guitar legend in the shape of the wonderful Jimmy Vaughan,get a great BBQ of boogie rhythms and you get this quite fabulous album.But wait add to this potent mix talents such as blues harp legend James Cotton,Kim Wilson from The Fabulous Thunderbirds,Delbert McClinton and you just can't get a much better blues album.A tribute to Jimmy Reed (where would the blues be without his rhythms and his songs),and you get 12 tracks that include,'Bright Lights,Big City','Baby What You Want Me To Do' and 'Big Boss Man'.Plus a few original songs for this set.
Surely one of the very best releases of the past year,guaranteed to win major blues awards,This is blues of the very highest level,and to boot one great party from beginning to end,45 minutes of boogie pleasure.
One indipensible blues set to rival the best there is.
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If you like jimmy reed you will enjoy this album , great gitarist,good session man
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best all around Blues efforts in years 19 Sept. 2007
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As a Jimmy Vaughan fan, I love his understated style. His clear and subtle style of playing is a joy, allowing the listener to enjoy the song without being overwhelmed by one guy's playing. Well suited to collective efforts like this.

I had never listened to Omar Dykes until now, but the man has great range. On some songs his growl reminds me of Howlin' Wolf, and on others he becomes more melodic. A perfect complement to Jimmy Vaughan.

Add to those two the contributions of Kim Wilson and James Cotton on harp, Lou Ann Barton on vocals, and it is a great blend of talent. And the Jimmy Reed music is the perfect place for the group to play around in. It sounds as if the group was really having fun while making this. It makes me smile while listening.

I liked every track on this CD, which is rare for me- usually I find at least a couple duds. This CD is phenomenal, and a perfect play for the deck on a nice summer night with a cold beverage, watching the sun go down. A classic effort.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Jimmy Reed Highway 26 Sept. 2007
By MusicFan - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a large fan of these Artists, but an even larger fan of Jimmy Reed. While it is very evident that these performers are true Reed acolytes, this album is typical of most all Jimmy Reed tributes and/or covers, his feel (which is in fact "him)" is just not there. The tempo is too fast on most tracks (another common problem with Jimmy Reed Covers) and the unique and distinct flavor of Eddie Taylor's playing is not in attendance. No one expects an exact replication of Reed and Taylor's work, but thier style, rythym and distinctive licks are as much a part of that music as the lyrics and the shuffle lick, but the latter is about all there is here. The Delbert McClinton rendition of Hush Hush, is an exception. It is obviously an interpretation, but one can still sense the same feel as the original. It is a reccomended buy as it is well worth having for fans of these artists as well as Jimmy Reed fans and should be a part of any such collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Discovering Jimmy Reed and Omar Kent Dykes 10 Oct. 2007
By Mark Meyering - Published on Amazon.com
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I learned about "On the Jimmy Reed Highway" from an NPR program. I did not know who Jimmy was, but I was immediately hooked. If you are over 40, and don't know Jimmy Reed, you will be amazed when you hear this catalog. This is the stuff you have heard for many years, maybe covered by other bands, or maybe on a blues station, or late at night... or from somewhere you just can't remember. The songs have roots. They reach back deep into your mind/soul/past/gut and find familiar places. What a delight to find out where the lyrics "Bright Lights, Big City" come from, and a greater delight to find that this was not written by a one hit wonder. "Big Boss Man" still speaks truth to power, and "I'll Change My Style" makes just as much sense now as any other response to the spurn of a woman. Each Jimmy Reed song stands on its own merit, and there is great credibility in the voice of Omar Kent Dykes. And the masterful first-take guitar work of Jimmy Vaughan besides! I like the under-produced style of the recording, which finds perfection in collaboration, not studio magic or overdubs, or pitch shifting, time shifting, or anything obvious that takes away the performance of these artists, who are clearly delighted to be part of something unique. The mix is well balanced and gives space to Omar's voice, Vaughan's guitar, and works great in the car... I want to DRIVE somewhere while it is playing. With guest appearances from James Cotton and others, this is a gem. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riding the JR Highway 31 Aug. 2007
By Willy - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this cd,I purchased it over a week ago and it hasn't left my car cd player.A few orginals,a few JR standards and some gems you never heard.The band is so tight with Jimmie Vaughan doing most of the guitar and Omar with most lead vocals.Lou Ann Barton adds her sexy voice to a few songs and even sings some of the lead on Good Lover.
With Kim Wilson and James Cotton on harmonica this album really rocks.If you like Texas blues don't miss this one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Record 11 Nov. 2007
By Mr. Burruss S. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
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The recoding is very well done. The selection from the Jimmy Reed catalog is a fine representation of his work. Omar's vocals are powerful and his style of singing is very fitting this style of post war blues. If you are looking for drone on guitar slinger solos (like much if the newer blues has to offer) you will not find them here. Vaughan's gutair work is there, not flashy just right. Get this record!
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