"C" for Chicago

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
No one will accuse Steve Freund of having the greatest voice in the blues world. While Freund is an impressive guitarist, he is merely adequate as a singer. But when you're evaluating an album, it is important to look at the big picture. Taking different things into consideration -- impressive chops, adequate singing, likable songwriting -- one concludes that C for Chicago, although slightly uneven, has more plusses than minuses. Freund won't blow you away with a great voice, but he still gets his points across on enjoyable if derivative Chicago-style blues numbers like "Everytime I Get to Drinking," "Working Man," and "Please Love Me" which employs Boz Scaggs as a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
No one will accuse Steve Freund of having the greatest voice in the blues world. While Freund is an impressive guitarist, he is merely adequate as a singer. But when you're evaluating an album, it is important to look at the big picture. Taking different things into consideration -- impressive chops, adequate singing, likable songwriting -- one concludes that C for Chicago, although slightly uneven, has more plusses than minuses. Freund won't blow you away with a great voice, but he still gets his points across on enjoyable if derivative Chicago-style blues numbers like "Everytime I Get to Drinking," "Working Man," and "Please Love Me" which employs Boz Scaggs as a second guitarist. One of the CD's most memorable tracks is "I Love Money," a humorous account of having champagne tastes and a beer budget. Like so many blues songs that have been recorded over the years -- or, for that matter, country songs -- "I Love Money" manages to laugh at life's disappointments. Freund also provides a few instrumentals -- which include "Mr. Jackson's Boogie" and the jazz-influenced "Cool Dream" -- and that is a good thing because they give him a chance to really stretch out on electric guitar. Although C for Chicago is a Chicago blues album first and foremost, Freund shows his appreciation of jazz at times. And that is why he was lucky to have guitarist/singer Dave Specter produce this album. A versatile musician, Specter has one foot in the blues and the other in jazz, and he serves Freund well on this generally decent but imperfect effort.
Southwest Blues
[A] fine Chicago-style blues album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/1999
  • Label: Delmark
  • UPC: 038153073428
  • Catalog Number: 734
  • Sales rank: 173,821

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Please Love Me (4:06)
  2. 2 "C" For Chicago (4:12)
  3. 3 I Love Money (4:14)
  4. 4 Wild Woman (3:28)
  5. 5 Jumping At Shadows (3:59)
  6. 6 Working Man (4:18)
  7. 7 Forbidden Stuff (3:40)
  8. 8 Pallet On The Floor (4:47)
  9. 9 Highway Woman (4:24)
  10. 10 38th Street Blues (4:08)
  11. 11 Everytime I Get To Drinking (7:15)
  12. 12 Mr. Jackson's Boogie (3:32)
  13. 13 Folks Like You (3:52)
  14. 14 Cool Dream (5:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Freund Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Dave Specter Rhythm Guitar
Boz Scaggs Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Kim Wilson Harmonica
Mark Fornek Drums
Terry Hanck Tenor Saxophone
Willie Henderson Baritone Saxophone
David Maxwell Organ, Piano
Harlan Terson Bass
Rob Waters Organ
Austin DeLone Organ
Pete Crawford Rhythm Guitar
Tim Wagar Bass
Justin OBrien Bass
Sam Burckhardt Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Coggins Drums
Wendy DeWitt Piano
Paula Burns Background Vocals
Bot Dutko Drums
Mark Hannon Vocals
Bob Carter Drums
Technical Credits
Dave Specter Producer
Robert G. Koester Producer
George Hansen Liner Notes
Kate Hoddinott Artwork
J. Michael Rodriguez Engineer
Steve Wagner Engineer
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