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Friday, November 03, 2006

Released - 1971, Alligator Records. Produced by Hound Dog Taylor, Bruce Iglauer and Wesley Race

Hound Dog Taylor - Lead & Slide Guitar and Vocals

Brewer Phillips - Second Guitar
Ted Harvey - Drums

(click on song for lyrics)

SHE'S GONE (Taylor) 7.7
TAYLOR'S ROCK (Taylor) 7.6
IT'S ALRIGHT (Taylor) 8.8
I JUST CAN'T MAKE IT (Taylor) 7.9
IT HURTS ME TOO (James) 8.0
44 BLUES (Taylor) 7.2
GIVE ME BACK MY WIG (Taylor) 10.0
55TH STREET BOOGIE (Taylor) 8.0

Average 8.3

review by me

Oh do I love this texas style swing boogie. You can tell right away that this release from 1971 influenced some great guitar players over the years and if 55th street boogie does not get one of your body parts moving to the beeat, then u must be dead.Most of houldogs songs are original but he does do covers of songs that are not his but are by one person only, James and he may be honmesick. Hound Dog Taylor's debut album and the first release for Alligator Records, is named and has no title. Its just a down right excellent version of what Mr. Taylor music was all about. the same

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Buddy Guy-Heavy Love

The details and history of this album is not in my mental data base at the moment but i wanted to pass on my feelings about this. Buddy really can strut his stuff. Now I may not have the best listening system but I can tell sound engineering styles and even though the engineering is samm time, the musicianship is big time. Buddy usees his guitar to sing the words and if the songs have funk feels, then he funks it up and is its a slow heart breaking lead blues you really only hear the guitar and the back beat is definetly in the back ground. Buddy is a master.

maybe i will keep this up and my health will allow me to

agin I am sorry for the long delay but life has been hard on me. I GOT THE BLUES AND I AM LIVING THE BLUES. I have so much to share and my only wish is that I can keep it going better.

Mike Bloomfield - Live at Bill Graham's Fillmore West(1969)

boy does this bring back memories. I had the fortune to see this show live. We had no idea that it was going to be recorded and amongst the dancing, the drugs and the excitement, it is even amazing that I even remeber it. However, what i do remember one fantastic concert that i was pleased to be able to say that I saw Mike play live.
His history in the Chicago blues scene is well known and his respect in that same blues community put him in a class of some of the greatest white american bluesmen of his time. RIP Mike, his passing is a loss to blues lovers around the world and is an ungly example of what the sex drugs and rock and roll world that the 60-s brought forth and also put him in another class. The clas of dead great musicians fallen from grace and this planet but we still have great music to remind us of the better side to that world he/we lived. I cannot get the feeling out of me that when I listen to his music, I know John Belushi is singing with his band since there is a great comparisison between his music and the music the Blues Brothers made famous to the world
thanks for this goes to the torrent uploader, whom ever it is.
although I am using rapidshare this time, it is not my preference and until I find one that feel does not want to grab money from its users by restricting limits, it will post different updoading site until u the user let me know which one is best for us all.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2006


I apologize for not supporting my own blog for a few months but I have had personal and health problems. I seem to have sorted them out and as long as I pay my internet bill I should be putting up more good blues for blues fans. My collection is huge and so is my love for the blues and someday soon I will put my own album out to share with you

Rich Harper-Bottled up blues

I have to admit that I had never heard of Rich Harper until a swedish internet friend sent me some of his music, of which I want to share with you because he is a fantastic player, with a good sense of the blues.
Bottled up blues is 1999 release and judging from the title and the music, is a show case for his slide playing.
The Rich Harper Band is based out of Los Angeles, but Rich’s roots, heart and soul are from the steel mills
of Pennsylvania Rich Harper learned to play the blues in the traditional way by primarily being self-taught,
listening to and learning from the recordings of Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, B.B. King, Freddie King &
Duane Allman. Rich developed his own unique slide style using the same Coricidin cold medicine bottles
first used by Duane Allman. His “baby”, as he calls it, is a ’69 Fender Stratocaster. And while his
regular slide work is played in different tunings on souped up versions of an old Telecaster, Les Paul and
a ’64 Fender Mustang, most of his acoustic slide work is played on a Johnson Resonator Guitar.
track 1 workin on me, is not a slide song but sure shows just what good guitar player he really is
track 2 is all slide baby, and slidin away as well as any great slide player like sonny landreth or even as well as ry cooder and this should be a sample of his style for many years to come
track 3 How much I want you is also another slide gem but not in the traditional slide sense and sometimes sounds like its not a slide but that is just the style of song
track 4 wrong man, sounds to me like he is using a dobro to play this time and this is what many traditional blues listeners would really like but if you like a more rocking slide playing format
track 5, as she moved in my guitar moved out and is more in tune to the way george thorogood would play and if this was played in a bar or dance hall would have the place a rocking and the lyrics are very in line with what the blues is about
track 6, All I got belongs to sounds just like a freddy, albert or bb king song with out a slide but with those snapping cuttin ice pickin tones
track 7 blue eyed blues, is again a dobro sounding blues song very traditional sounding and when his vocals are added, he sings in the same key therefore making his vocal sound like another instrument very similar to robert lockwood but only nicer and not as tough sounding
#8 is simialr to a canadian player Colin Jameses why did you lie, and is full of feel and bitterness and pain and suffering that makes the blues what it is
track 9 is a song that needs no other instrument other him singing and playing but kicks in with drums and bass for a waling rockin blues feel and "life" is "life"
song 10 is a rockin rollin honky tonkin slippin slidin barrelhouse stomp
song 11, train song is so traditional and so blues based and again harmonizes with the guitar for an interesting song unlike anyone I have heard but similar to many

Monday, May 22, 2006

Charlie Musslewhite-Tennessee Woman

To me and to many others, Charlie Musslewhite is one of the premier harmonica players of the day. He can play all styles of music equally as well and he can also "jam" with the worlds best at many of the all star venues including movies(bluesbrothers200) benefits(new orleans fund raisers) but he is also a chosen harmonica player for old school players like Hooker.
The year that this was released was the first time I saw charlie musslewhite outa the 6 times I saw him perform live over the years
The album was released in 1968, ah yes a very good year for the blues. The title track Tesnnessee woman is typical 60 blues and rivals even the late great Paul Butterfield. The emotion that the slow swing of that blues feeling on track true leaves a groove of rythym that pulses thru the song on a backing of horns, piano and that tremolo chromatic harmonica style that truly is a signiture of his playing. Lest we never leave out the lead guitar of an unknown player that just seers in the back ground competing with the lead cross harping. Yes you heard me 2 harps. Obviously multi tracked in the studio and very rare to hear in the blues world even today.
track 3. is a nice piece of work featuring keybords harmonics with backing of bass and rums way back there and just features the harp and keys mostly and of course charlies vocal.
Track 4 is everybody needs somebody is a rockin turn with emphasis on strong electric crossharp style and rockin guitar
track 5 is I don't play, I'll be your man someday, sweet strong tune of high powered harp
track 6 christo redemptor is on of charlies most well known slow blues instrumentals that every harmonica player envies and tries to emulate. You feel the blues in this one, but that was the 60;s and the guitar was king so you will hear a some great guitar and even gome great piano but when all is said and done, its charlie musslewhite finishing this tune with just some amazing riffs and then sliding to some jazz beat lead style and then back into the that slow blues but all this cannot be accomplished on a 3 minute song so again very typical 60's is that extended version
12 minute version. I feel that if this song had been released commercially as a 3 minute tune, it would have gotten some fm airplay and put charlie high on the charts
track 7, little by little is a great 12 bar standard swingin tune that allows charlie to show of his blues voice but to show off his chicago blues style.
final track of this lp turned to cd extends that chicago blues style to another deep blues slow tune and would very hard to hear him perform live because he plays harpmonica as a rythym instrument in the background while he sings and then goes into his sweet solos in between
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new link, old link was part 2 of earl hooker

Friday, February 10, 2006

Hubert Sumlin-I know You

Hubert was muddy waters sideman for many many years. When hubert first auditioned, he was told to come back when he could play without a pick. He came back and has never used a pick since.
This was released in 1998 and when he released sold t shirts that said "I ain't done yet" Nothing could be truer. he is a master of the runka runka 12 bar style. leaving spaces for all the other band members to add tasty fills. his first 2 songs here show this then he moves into some slow blues and when I say less is more I really mean it. "thats why I gonna leave" tells a blues story."don't judge a book by its cover" is a nice solo effect by hubert that showcases his guitar playing and that he does."I got it where I want it" and "I'm not your clown" played with a full muddy waters type band 2 guitar and harp player. He then "playes a great version of smokestack Lightning" nest is another nice slow blues with a harp player for so great moody stuff "ve been hurt". His last 3 songs are more runka runka 12 bar with so very classy stuff going on here. to the trained ear of many blues people, they only can say "wow that was nice" Hubert is keeping the muddy style alive and wel so I say thanks hubert

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

sonny landreth -blues attack

sonny Landreth is known among musicians as the musicians musician. that a major compliment coming from such greats as eric clapton and buddy guy. Sonny is by far one of the top slide players in this day and age standing side by side with greats like ronnie wood and peter green,
Blues Attack was released in 1981 and I think this is one of his first recordings as a solo artist. Not as much slide work as his newer releases and he is complimented by some great harmonica work by an unkown harp man. I tried to find out who played on this recording but I could not find the name.
This cd is half filled with covers of earlier released material by some of the greats. I truly like his arrangments on songs like Key to the highway, I'm ready and baby please don't go. he has some of his original stuff here as well that includes the Song "blues attack' of which he has released 3 different versions after this release. "The center" is a sweet little rocker and is full harp and sax and then some slide. "one life" truly shows his slide playing skills. "names" allows sonny to sing but is probably the weakest rack of all but for the time in 1981 was probably better sounding along with "speak of the devil". however, when he shows his skill it really shows on "at some time", a slow blues number is just plain great blues. and finally, Pine grove blues" shows even more slide skill and he add that cajun flavour that he will become famous for. Over all this is a great blues album released by one of the most under rated guitar players alive today. Sonny Landreth is one of the best

Thursday, February 02, 2006

james blood ulmer-birthright 2005

Here is a bluesman. He don't need nothin but a acoustic guitar. Using a strong reverb effect with the acoustic , he creates an ombience, a mood. By using a tremelo voice in specific areas of his songs, he creates an excitement and more ombience. Thats what the blues is. Feeling, a mood, an ombience if you will.
As harmonica player, he is the ideal mucican to play with and compliment. Of course, its his show, and his creativity but if I were to ever considere doing cover tunes, I might choose one of Jameses songs because of the reality of them all.
More imparticualrily, the 2nd track,"can't take it anymore" is exactly what I am talking about. An acoustic version of "ain't supersticious" is also a pleasure to listen too. "White mans jail" is a stirring example of slow slow blues in which we get to hear awesome picking at points instead of chords give the song more feel and pain. You can tell that Mr. Ulmer likes to show off his skills as a musician when he throws "high Yellow " and "love dance rag"at ya, rather quirky jazz influenced pieces. Whe it comes to "sittin on top of the world" I have never heard a version quite like. I am not sure whether I like it or not, but it is a great piece of work, its just my traditional taste for such a song. "my most favorite thing" is a John lee hookeresque deep in echo/reverb on the guitar and vocals alike type of song The 12th and final track is "devils got to burn". could have been written at the crossroads is a very long song but it one of my favorites off the release. It is very real. seeded in southern evil.
Feb 2, 2006
by Sweet Rickie Lee


this is my first blog site. The sole purpose of this hangout is to review blues albums. These albums/cds/dvds/tapes can be old or new. They can be famous and they can be unknown but they all will have one thing in common. I plan to review these from a musicans point of view and more specifically from the singer/songwriter/harp player. In other words, I AM A HARP PLAYER.
I will review a cd once a week and put that cd on one of the famous free download sites like rapidshare, megaupload, usendit, etc. The reason behind this is to share the blues and to get some feed back on my TASTE.
I can give u a short bio. I was a music lover from the very first day I can remember and sang "16 tons" by Tennesee Ernie Ford when I was 4 and remeber getting all kinds of acompliments and money and this made me feel good. I grew up in Seattle ,Washington and lived there from 1952 to 1971 and then moved to Vancouver, b.c canada for love not because of the war.
I have been fortunate enough to have seen most of the famous old guard of american blues and many of the new guard english blues via the many rock festivals and blues clubs on the west coast. Of couse due to the lifestyle, I only remember the names and not much of the events.
I did not start playing harmonica until my 20's and really only got seriously into playing when I split up with my wife and kids(10, yes 10 kids) and found myself living in my car and on the street. I became a busker(street muscian) and decided that it was time for me to do something that I loved so I played and played and played on the street. I was not that good and my siberian husky got me more money than me because he sang better at the time. I soon started to get better and was going to all the Jams and parties and after hour clubs. Eventually I left the street and went back to the real world where I became proficient in the computer world enough to download so much music, mostly blues. I now have a large collection of mp3 blues music that continues to grow and grow and i hope that I too can make your collection grow and grow..
I enventually joined a band, made a few recordings in the studio but I never have really have taken my personal music to the next level as I feel would get me signed to a label. I am still learning but getting better.

I hope u like my blog. I hope to get it to a stage where you too can help by posting reviews, links to music and downloads and links to sites that can help u become a more knowledgeable blues fan/muscian/