- Audio CD (11 Sept. 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Tone Cool
- ASIN: B00005NZKA
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Do You Get the Blues Import
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Jimmie Vaughan is a master of mood, but not ostentatiously so; he's too slick for that. You think you're getting a slab of solid electric blues with Do You Get the Blues?--and as a matter of fact, you are--but this particular slab cuts all the way to the bone. It begins innocuously enough, with a relaxed instrumental piece set to a shuffle beat, until you realize the track's called "Dirty Girl". Then things slow down even more for "Out of the Shadows", and this one looks like a downer, but no, Vaughan addresses an upbeat subject here. Likewise, "Off the Deep End" ambles along amiably enough, but there's a current of tension underpinning the song, until we reach the line "And the Water's Fine". Here, the music relaxes, mirroring the lyrics. And so on, through a cover of "Power of Love" (with killer vocals from fellow Texan Lou Ann Barton), so that when "Without You" suits music to sentiment, it has even more impact. This subtlety is Vaughan's mastery at work. He does what you don't expect, contrasting music with subject matter, avoiding musical clichés like the plague, and doing all of it so offhandedly that you never realize what he's up to. Hence the flute on "Don't Let the Sun Set" is moving, as opposed to cheesy, while "In the Middle of the Night" has a sexy, swinging beat and heartbroken lyrics. True, Vaughan is a better musician than he is a lyricist, but he's so good at the former that few are likely to complain. --Genevieve Williams
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On the guitar, Vaughan's timing and subtle dynamics make him one of the few artists capable of pushing the genre forward in a way that doesn't stamp all over its history. His reliance on fingers>guitar>amp as his only guitar effect set him aside from a slew of blues guitarists desperate to be his late, great brother. His vocals, which started as 'acceptable' are becoming more intimate and seasoned with each outing and the addition of Lou-Ann Barton for a few songs renews a long standing musical partnership.
As ever Bill Willis and George Rains are impeccable, Bill manages to hold down the bass/organ role in the most solid way imaginable for even the ablest of multi-tasking septuagenarians. George Rains is as loose-limbed a time keeper as Fran Christina was in the T-birds, tossing aside effortless fills that most percussionists would make a meal of over practising.
In short, buy it. This is blues at its best without resurrecting Muddy et al. I don't gush over every record this way but this really is excellent so enjoy and look out for something new from Jimmie soon, its about that time again I think,
I read an interview with Jimmie somewhere and he stated that he wanted to play songs that couples can slow dance and smooch to. Well, he's done it here. The songs are excellent, the overall mood is chilled and the texas twang is apparant through out. Jimmie's vocals are good, and are complimented wonderfully by the sexy singing of Lou Ann Barton.
And the legend continues...Jimmie's son Tyrone plays rhythm on the best song "Without You" also written by Tyrone.
If there is one minor minor flaw from my first 10 listens to the album...the songs seem all too similar in tempo. I would have loved a few more up beat songs myself. But hey...5 out of 5 for Jimmie, the blues needs it legends. And he is every bit a living legend. Style wise he is like a raw BB King, laid back, no note over kill, and his vocals suit the songs perfectly.
If you are new to Jimmie, then check out Strange Pleasure first. But once you've bought one CD, you'll want all his CDs!
A couple of days later I saw him give a sparkling performance on the BBC 2 show ‘Later with Jools Holland’ and this convinced me that I should hear some more so I bought the CD the next day and to be honest I didn’t like it at all on the first play. It seemed half arsed and directionless, a real mishmash of ideas with no cohesive whole but with each subsequent play I found something new and interesting that I could get hold of and that I suppose is the beauty of a really very good recording.
I’m not sure why it won ‘BTBA’ because it’s a mix of ‘blue groove’ type instrumentals (there are three) the best being Billy Willis’s Jimmy Smith like ‘Dirty Girl’ that opens the disc, a country tinged duet, ‘Power Of Love’, with JV’s old cohort Lou Ann Barton, straight ahead blues like the excellent ‘The Deep End’ with fine slide from Vaughan and a delicate harp underpinning from James Cotton.Read more ›
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Great sounding c.d If you like raw guitar sound go for it.Published on 12 Nov. 2014 by W. Robertson
Not the easiest of artists to get hold of a C.D. in England but this site provided me with what I wanted at a good price and delivery was promptPublished on 17 Jan. 2013 by simon rodden