Balling the Jack: Birth of Nu-Blues [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
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: 2/26/2002
  • Label: Ocho
  • UPC: 698458301222
  • Catalog Number: 12
  • Sales rank: 303,187

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lucky's Tune - Reid Paley (2:26)
  2. 2 Ooh Baby - Asie Payton's Go Gitta Camp (3:05)
  3. 3 Big in Japan - Tom Waits (4:06)
  4. 4 Road Song - Jimpson & Group (0:49)
  5. 5 Mississippi Kkkrossroads - Chris Thomas King (3:47)
  6. 6 Someday Baby - North Mississippi Allstars (2:32)
  7. 7 Electricity - Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band (3:07)
  8. 8 Stagger Lee - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (5:14)
  9. 9 Strange Things Happen Everyday - Olu Dara (3:27)
  10. 10 Slow Down Train - Pig in a Can (4:31)
  11. 11 Poison Tree - Gary Lucas (3:30)
  12. 12 Give It to the Soft Boys - The Soft Boys (1:59)
  13. 13 This Wond'rous Day - Billy Childish & His Famous Headcoats (4:02)
  14. 14 Border Line - Petit Vodo (1:55)
  15. 15 Find My Baby - Moby (3:59)
  16. 16 Lost and Found - Penny Lang (3:36)
  17. 17 Let My Baby Ride - R.L. Burnside (3:02)
  18. 18 Postcard Blues - Cowboy Junkies (3:25)
  19. 19 A Picture from Life's Other Side - Johnny Dowd (3:20)
  20. 20 String Round a Stick - Bob Log III (2:40)
  21. 21 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean - Diamanda Galás (3:12)
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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
Les 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 III 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
Jerry Garcia Composer
Robyn Hitchcock Composer
The Soft Boys Producer
Tom Waits Composer
Moby Composer, Producer, Engineer
Gary Lucas Producer
Yves Beauvais Producer
Kathleen Brennan Composer
Oz Fritz Engineer
Al "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 King 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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