Balling the Jack: Birth of Nu-Blues

Balling the Jack: Birth of Nu-Blues

     
 

The blues have long played a major role in rock music. Balling the Jack: Birth of NU-Blues is an attempt to demonstrate that influence by gathering tracks that evolved from the blues, but with added twists to the classic blues sound. This could not be considered a blues album, although the pervasiveness ofSee more details below

Overview

The blues have long played a major role in rock music. Balling the Jack: Birth of NU-Blues is an attempt to demonstrate that influence by gathering tracks that evolved from the blues, but with added twists to the classic blues sound. This could not be considered a blues album, although the pervasiveness of the influence makes for a pretty consistent listen. There are a couple of missteps that interrupt the flow of the album: Pig in a Can's "Slow Down Train" is a bit heavy on the programming, but the use of slide guitar helps redeem the track. It's Chris Thomas King's super bass hip-hop track that really sticks out like a sore thumb. Other than that, the album works pretty well, presenting such kindred spirits as Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, and Johnny Dowd alongside souped up old-timers like Asie Payton and R.L. Burnside, with Moby and Diamanda Galas representing other opposite ends of the spectrum. This is a wide ranging and eclectic compilation that generally succeeds more than it fails.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2002
Label:
Ocho
UPC:
0698458301222
catalogNumber:
12
Rank:
336916

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Tracks

  1. Lucky's Tune  - Reid Paley
  2. Ooh Baby  -  Asie Payton's Go Gitta Camp
  3. Big in Japan  - Tom Waits
  4. Road Song  -  Jimpson & Group
  5. Mississippi Kkkrossroads  - Chris Thomas King
  6. Someday Baby  -  North Mississippi Allstars
  7. Electricity  -  Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band
  8. Stagger Lee  -  Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  9. Strange Things Happen Everyday  - Olu Dara
  10. Slow Down Train  -  Pig in a Can
  11. Poison Tree  - Gary Lucas
  12. Give It to the Soft Boys  -  Soft Boys
  13. This Wond'rous Day  -  Billy Childish & His Famous Headcoats
  14. Border Line  -  Petit Vodo
  15. Find My Baby  -  Moby
  16. Lost and Found  - Penny Lang
  17. Let My Baby Ride  - R.L. Burnside
  18. Postcard Blues  -  Cowboy Junkies
  19. A Picture from Life's Other Side  - Johnny Dowd
  20. String Round a Stick  - Bob Log
  21. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean  - Diamanda Galás

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nick Cave   Organ,Vocals,Noise
Cowboy Junkies   Track Performer
Tom Waits   Guitar,Vocals
Brian Wilson   Drums
Moby   Multi Instruments
Gary Lucas   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar,electronics
R.L. Burnside   Steel Guitar,Vocals
Olu Dara   Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Alan Anton   Bass
Blixa Bargeld   Guitar,screams
Captain Beefheart   Bass,Harmonica,Marimbas,Vocals
Kenny Brown   Slide Guitar
Martyn Casey   Bass
Claypool   Bass
Jim Crosthwait   Washboard
Jaro Czerwinec   Accordion
John French   Drums
Jerry Handley   Bass
Mick Harvey   Guitar
Andy Metcalfe   Bass
Jared Michael Nickerson   Bass
Kimberley Rew   Guitar
Conway Savage   Piano
Steve Shearer   Harmonica
John Timmins   Guitar,Background Vocals
Margo Timmins   Vocals
Michael Timmins   Guitar
Peter Timmins   Drums
Morris Windsor   Drums
Thomas Wydler   Maracas
East Memphis Slim   Piano
Brian "Brain" Mantia   Drums
Mary Margaret O'Hara   Vocals
Larry LaLonde   Guitar
Paul Now   Bass
Johnny Dowd   Guitar,Vocals
Hosea Leavy   Vocals
Penny Lang   Track Performer
Bob Log   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
James Murray   Trap Kit
Cedric Burnside   Drums
Reid Paley   Guitar,Vocals
Asie Payton   Track Performer
Mike Edmondson   Banjo,Piano,Keyboards,Xylorimba
Dave Hinkle   Harmonica
Kim Sherwood-Caso   Vocals
North Mississippi Allstars   Track Performer
Chris Chew   Bass,Vocals
Luther Dickinson   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Cody Dickinson   Drums,Sampling
Pig in a Can   Track Performer
Sean Hoffman   Theremin
Robert Lee Oliver   Bass
Tony "Thunder" Smith   Drums
Otha Turner   Fife

Technical Credits

Diamanda Galás   Arranger,Producer
Robyn Hitchcock   Composer
Soft Boys   Producer
Tom Waits   Composer
Moby   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Gary Lucas   Producer
Yves Beauvais   Producer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Oz Fritz   Engineer
"Purple" Hayes   Remixing
Mike Kemp   Producer
Bob Krasnow   Producer
Peter Moore   Producer
Richard Perry   Producer
Tom Rothrock   Producer,Engineer
Don Van Vliet   Arranger
Victor Van Vugt   Producer
Tony Cohen   Producer
Eric Liljestrand   Producer
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Producer
Chris Thomas   Arranger,Producer
Kevin Casey   Producer
Johnny Dowd   Producer
Jacquire King   Engineer
Matthew Saccucci Morano   Producer
Luther Dickinson   Producer
Cody Dickinson   Producer
John "Sly" Wilson   Arranger,Programming,Orchestration

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