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on 13 April 2010
Eric Bibb is one truly wonderful blues artist,he has a simply superb voice,he is one of the finest acoustic guitarists around and in this release he has quite simply produced the best blues album of the year.If this does not win Grammies for best folk blues album I'll be amazed, also surely a Handy award for best acoustic blues release must also follow. This album has just Eric on guitar/vocals and on some tracks harmonica,recorded on location in Mississippi this is the real deal.Eric has recorded some exceptionally fine sets but this might just be the best yet.The opening 'Booker's Guitar' is a tribute to Booker White one of blues true legends,and even played on his original guitar. The rest of the tracks,most of which are Bibb originals with a couple of top class covers,develops the territory of the title track and lays before us a truly not to be missed set of quite exceptional songs that enjoy repeated playings.This is something that will surely push him into the blues legends class,a release that will still be played and admired twenty plus years from now.This is what folk blues is all about and played and sung with absolute conviction,skill and joy.Five stars is just not enough for a release of this wonderful quality.Please do get a copy and soak in every second of a truly remarkable and stunning release.
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on 17 February 2010
I have other eric bibbs albums and love his music. This is a great listen and not disappointing at all- its really chilled blues listening and not over produced, I saw him live and loved it as I am sometimes disappointed with over produced albums and prefer acoustic sets and not too much going on. Well this album is exactly that great fingerpicking, good melody and lyrics, and with Erics soulful voice it is a definate! the harmonica on it is awesome and when you play it loud its haunting a compliment to the music. Great Album and personally I like the tracks the latter end of the album so keep playing.
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I'm a big fan of Eric's first two CDs recorded in Sweden on the Opus3 label and I don't think anything that he has done since has approached the power and beauty of those CDs. That said, this new CD has a similar relaxed feel, with Eric playing mainly solo or in a duo with Seattle-based harmonica player Grant Dermody, and going back to the blues for inspiration for his own new songs.

We get off to a great start with "Booker's guitar" one of Eric's wonderful, sincere blues ballads. The songs are mainly Bibb originals apart from the traditional folk song "Wayfaring Stranger" and Blind Willie Johnson's "Nobody's Fault But Mine" and this is probably Eric's most bluesy recording since the two Opus3 CDs. As usual Eric is in fine voice throughout and his guitar playing is wonderful, if somewhat restrained - with the main ornamentation coming from Dermody's diatonic and chromatic harmonicas. Eric pulls off that very difficult trick of playing within the traditional blues idiom but taking it forward and letting his own personality shine through. My favourite tracks are "One soul to save" and "A good woman" - with its plaintive harmonica solo - but this is a very consistent set of good songs.
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on 15 April 2010
My first Eric Bibb CD, great combination of voice and guitar playing, but above all a sense of someone who is comfortable with his music who performs with great sincerity and dignity. Basing the CD on Booker White's guitar is a clever premis. Some tracks are better than others, but overall am glad I bought it, played it on the way to Inverness this morning, and played it again on the return journey.
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on 28 April 2010
I have just purchased this Cd (my son, Paul, engineered the title track). Though only 12 tracks are listed here, it has all 15 tracks on it as well as access to the bonus tracks (via a coded link to Telarc's website). Food for the soul!
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on 17 February 2010
I bought this more out of habit than anything else, but it's an absolute joy - every track is great. Even if you've never heard Eric Bibb before, buy this.
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on 5 November 2013
Well, I was going to title this review "Stripped Back Bibb At His Best" but I see another reviewer feels the same way.And rightly so, this man would sound good singing the TV listings.
Neither too fussy or too sparse, this excellent CD highlights Bibb's mellifluous voice with the minimum amount of precise instrumental backing. Whether an arrangement of a classic or one of Bibb's own songs every track is a delight to listen to.
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on 29 June 2010
Saw Eric a few years back and loved his performance after the Painting Signs album.
Maybe he's mellowed or tired or needs the inspiration of fellow musicians, but this has nothing of the passion or precision of playing or singing of that performance.
No standout tracks, no real impact, so perhaps Booker's guitar is more of a distraction than a theme.
Sorry Eric, you deserve better.
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on 10 September 2010
If there were more stars to give then this CD would rate them. What a performance, Eric Bib with Bookers guitar and harmonica a very simple combination but this is how it should be done, not only for the quality of the performance Bibb at his very best but the sound quality is simply stunning, if only all recordings were like this.
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on 27 January 2014
If you already like Eric Bibb get this album - unquestionably on elf his best. And if you don't have Eric Bibb in your collection, a great place to start. This is a superb recording that repays listening to on decent equipment or, perhaps even better, a quality pair of headphones.
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