Blues for a Rotten Afternoon

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All Music Guide - Matthew Robinson
From the "ain't nothin' more authentic" dirge of Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson's "So Mean to Me" to the barrelhouse cluckin' of Marty Grebb's "Hen House," this blatant copy of Joel Dorn's Jazz For- series combines true tales of loss with rather peppy pleas for love, wealth, and the other anti-ingredients of the blues. In true blues, everything gets lost, prompting Junior Wells to ask the somewhat musical question "Why Are People Like That" (a bluesy companion to Dylan's "Rainy Day Women"). While John Primer's "Brutal Hearted Woman" might be the culprit, Son Seals tells listeners that it can be the love itself that has the breakdown. In those cases where the problem is ...
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All Music Guide - Matthew Robinson
From the "ain't nothin' more authentic" dirge of Luther "Guitar Jr." Johnson's "So Mean to Me" to the barrelhouse cluckin' of Marty Grebb's "Hen House," this blatant copy of Joel Dorn's Jazz For- series combines true tales of loss with rather peppy pleas for love, wealth, and the other anti-ingredients of the blues. In true blues, everything gets lost, prompting Junior Wells to ask the somewhat musical question "Why Are People Like That" (a bluesy companion to Dylan's "Rainy Day Women"). While John Primer's "Brutal Hearted Woman" might be the culprit, Son Seals tells listeners that it can be the love itself that has the breakdown. In those cases where the problem is not your woman (which is actually the desired aim in Sugar Ray Norcia's blues-hearted "Life Will Be Better"), another common culprit is money (which is the titular theme of Debbie Davies' contribution). In the modern blues age, that can also mean a case of "Credit Card Blues," which Terry Evans diagnoses with insightful and cautionary humor. In the worst case scenario, love and money can combine for even more tragic results, as in Sam Lay's "Somebody's Gotta Do It." Though you may not want to admit it, there are times when the loss is your own darn fault, as in Kenny Neal's Cocker-esque "Killed the Goose That Laid the Golden Egg." Other times, the loss is not intentional, but still ends up being your fault, as in Lady Bianca's Motown-worthy heart-burner "How Do I Tell My Little Sister?" No matter what causes the pain, sometimes the only answer seems to be diving into a sea of drink, as Willie Dixon prepares to do in "If the Sea Was Whiskey." Other times, there isn't anything to do but sing the blues. Though the repertoire and cast of characters on this label sampler is impressive, nobody puts it together better than Maria Muldaur, whose aching "Misery and the Blues" sums it all up in more than name.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2000
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408350825
  • Catalog Number: 83508
  • Sales rank: 108,689

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Larry McCray Guitar
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica
Kenny Neal Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Background Vocals
Son Seals Track Performer
Taj Mahal Guitar, Vocals
Junior Wells Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Ry Cooder Guitar
Al Kooper Hammond Organ
Maria Muldaur Vocals
Al Brown Bass
Sam Lay Drums, Vocals
Mike Vernon Percussion
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson Rhythm Guitar, Leader, Vocals
John Primer Guitar, Vocals
Sonny Landreth Slide Guitar, Soloist
Jerry Portnoy Harmonica
Debbie Davies Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones Bass
Gil Bernal Tenor Saxophone
Lady Bianca Piano, Vocals
Brian Bisesi Rhythm Guitar
Tony Braunagel Drums
Larry Burton Guitar
James Calire Tenor Saxophone
Danny Caron Guitar
Jon Cleary Piano
Ola Dixon Drums
Herman V. Ernest III Drums
Terry Evans Vocals
Louis Fasman Trumpet
Anthony Geraci Organ, Piano
Joe Goldmark Steel Guitar
Marty Grebb Piano, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Fred James Rhythm Guitar
Bob Kommersmith Bass
Randy Lee Lippincott Bass
Carl Lockett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Pauline Lozana Background Vocals
Arno Lucas Percussion
Melecio Magdaluyo Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
David Maxwell Piano
Reggie McBride Bass
Steve McCray Drums
Michael Merritt Bass
Nick Milo Synthesizer
Noel Neal Bass
Sugar Ray Norcia Track Performer
Mark Pender Trumpet
Kevin Porter Trombone, Tuba
Dan Rabinovitz Trumpet
Richie Rosenberg Baritone Saxophone
Tony Saunders Bass
Ken Saydak Organ, Piano
Matthew Skoller Harmonica
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Drums
Rev. Ron Stallings Tenor Saxophone
Greg "Fingers" Taylor Harmonica
Derek Trucks Slide Guitar, Soloist
Wayne Wallace Trombone
Jimmy Vivino Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Fred Walcott Percussion
Willie Green Jr. Background Vocals
Jerry Vivino Tenor Saxophone
Ray Williams Background Vocals
Jeff Alviani Keyboards
Lynwood Cooke Saxophone
Scott Healy Keyboards
Dave Rokeach Drums
James Wormworth Drums
Bob Sunda Electric Bass
Mario Calire Drums
Dave Matthews Piano, Hammond Organ
Kennard Johnson Drums
Kenny Dew Bass
Celia Ann Price Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
Johnny Shines Composer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction, Cover Design
Mykel Kane Cover Photo
Guidry Composer
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    I first purchased this CD after looking at the cover. Yes, I am a male chauvinist. After playing this CD the first time, it immediately became a CD I have played a lot. If you are having a bad day, these tunes will either make you feel better or make you feel better!!! Great music by amazing blues musicians. I can't recommend this CD highly enough! Buy it, you clod! What are you waiting for?

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