Blue Guru

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All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
Known for his production work with everyone from Frank Black to Nick Lowe, guitarist Jon Tiven also makes bluesy pop
ock in his spare time. Working with former Arrows frontman Alan Merrill, drummer Todd Snare Wilson Pickett, P.M. Dawn, and Sally Tiven his wife and former B.B. King bassist, Tiven has a wonderful talent for soulful blues-rock without a trace of needless guitar exercises. Tiven is all about the songs and puts more effort into writing good hooks and riffs than anything else. That may partially be why his talents as a guitarist are so underrated, but even his incidental playing on songs like "I Smell Smoke" is littered ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bradley Torreano
Known for his production work with everyone from Frank Black to Nick Lowe, guitarist Jon Tiven also makes bluesy pop
ock in his spare time. Working with former Arrows frontman Alan Merrill, drummer Todd Snare Wilson Pickett, P.M. Dawn, and Sally Tiven his wife and former B.B. King bassist, Tiven has a wonderful talent for soulful blues-rock without a trace of needless guitar exercises. Tiven is all about the songs and puts more effort into writing good hooks and riffs than anything else. That may partially be why his talents as a guitarist are so underrated, but even his incidental playing on songs like "I Smell Smoke" is littered with perfect little flourishes and fills. His talents as a lyricist are not quite as impressive, but the excellent performance from Merrill makes lines like, "Ooh honey, this party's off the hook/I have to take a closer look" sound like Shakespeare when paired with Tiven's subtle guitar work. With so many blues-rock albums popping up every year, it is easy for a release like this to slip through the cracks. But to fans of the genre, this is some smoking stuff that contains these performers' best work in a long time. Professional sidemen don't often get showcases this impressive, but anyone wondering what these musicians do when they're left to their own devices should invest in Blue Guru.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/1996
  • Label: Fountainbleu Ent.
  • UPC: 700702100427
  • Catalog Number: 21004
  • Sales rank: 316,384

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Beginning of the Blues (2:25)
  2. 2 He Don't Know (4:20)
  3. 3 Had to Have It (4:03)
  4. 4 Laugh (4:05)
  5. 5 River of No Return (4:22)
  6. 6 Let's Think About It - Jon Tiven's Ego Trip (3:38)
  7. 7 Second-Hand Paradise - Jon Tiven's Ego Trip (4:22)
  8. 8 Tricks of the Trade - Jon Tiven's Ego Trip (3:29)
  9. 9 Better Him Than Me - Jon Tiven's Ego Trip (3:48)
  10. 10 I Smell Smoke - Jon Tiven's Ego Trip (3:44)
  11. 11 24-7 Man - Jon Tiven's Ego Trip (2:56)
  12. 12 Protection (4:45)
  13. 13 The End of the Blues (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jon Tiven Primary Artist, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Arthur Alexander Vocals, Track Performer
Gary "U.S." Bonds Background Vocals
Graham Parker Background Vocals
John Waite Background Vocals
Alan Merrill Vocals
Frank Black Background Vocals
Will Calhoun Drums
Mickey Curry Drums
Anton Fig Drums
Michael Hill Rhythm Guitar
Eddie Hinton Background Vocals
Spooner Oldham Organ
Sir Mack Rice Tambourine, Background Vocals
Muzz Skillings Bass
Mitch Weissman Background Vocals
Sarah Nagourney Background Vocals
Charlie Feldman Background Vocals
Sally Tiven Bass, Bass Guitar, wah wah guitar
Louis Appel Drums
Todd Snare Percussion, Drums
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Bass
Laura Merrill Vocals, Background Vocals
Cheryl Beattie Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmy Douglass Engineer
Dennis Ferrante Mastering
Joe Ferry Producer
Vernon Reid Producer
Jon Tiven Producer
Jol Dantzig Artwork, Illustrations
Joe Johnson Engineer
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