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...nearly but not quite...,
This review is from: Memphis Blues (Audio CD)
Well, I never saw that coming, as eighties popstrel Cyndi Lauper goes and makes an actual blues album! Something that I'm sure will delight my legions of followers on my weekly Rockin' The Blues show on Get Ready To Rock Radio. Because, yes, a couple of tunes from this record will be making the playlist.
This covers collection sees Ms Lauper reeling in a host of big names. B.B. King, Jonny Lang, Allen Toussaint, Ann Peebles and Charlie Musselwhite all making appearances, so her cred seems to be in order. Of course, she doesn't actually have the vocal chops to take on some of the songs, as anyone listening to 'Shattered Dreams' will aver. However, the fabulous arrangements and powerhouse playing does help to gloss over some of the faults and when the material suits her voice - as on 'Early In The Morning' - then there's hints of what could have been.
Allan Toussaint puts in some fabulous piano work on 'Early in the Mornin' and 'Mother Earth', and the tracks featuring Charlie Musselwhite's trademark moothie are special treats. 'Just Your Fool' is one of those, and leads you to think this album is going to be a bit of a cracker. It's not really, but it's certainly no embarrassment, as another fine tune, her duet with Ann Peebles on 'Rollin' And Tumblin' will attest.
The B.B. King and Jonny Lang are less impressive, but overall, this is worth a listen and will hopefully push some people into checking out the writing credits for further blues investigations.