Crucial Acoustic Blues

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Alligator Records shows a different side of its house-rocking face on this 13-cut collection of acoustic blues. While Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Bukka White don't appear here, other performers -- some of whom one normally associates with overdriven electricity -- are. Buddy Guy is present, as is Stevie Ray Vaughan. Koko Taylor's "The Man Next Door" is here and it's one of her greatest performances on record. In addition, Johnny Winter, who was no stranger to a National Steel string bottleneck earlier in his career, returns to give it another go, and the true roots doctor Corey Harris is here with "God Don't Ever Change," and Carey and Lurrie Bell with "Stop Running ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Alligator Records shows a different side of its house-rocking face on this 13-cut collection of acoustic blues. While Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Bukka White don't appear here, other performers -- some of whom one normally associates with overdriven electricity -- are. Buddy Guy is present, as is Stevie Ray Vaughan. Koko Taylor's "The Man Next Door" is here and it's one of her greatest performances on record. In addition, Johnny Winter, who was no stranger to a National Steel string bottleneck earlier in his career, returns to give it another go, and the true roots doctor Corey Harris is here with "God Don't Ever Change," and Carey and Lurrie Bell with "Stop Running Around." Guy's "Hi Heel Sneakers" is terrific as is Winter's "Evil on My Mind." But it's those that are normally associated with the acoustic blues like Harris, Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women, Cephas & Wiggins, John Jackson and the legendary Sonny Terry who come off best, bringing the true rhythm and mystery with them into their songs. This is a hip collection that will make the feet shuffle and the backbone slip. And it's sold for a song, so why not?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2007
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551012429
  • Catalog Number: 124
  • Sales rank: 101,893

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 High Heel Sneakers - Junior Wells (4:57)
  2. 2 Oreo Cookie Blues - Stevie Ray Vaughan (4:52)
  3. 3 Stop Running 'Round - Carey Bell (4:24)
  4. 4 Down in the Alley - Bob Margolin (4:17)
  5. 5 Sloppy Drunk (3:09)
  6. 6 The Man Next Door - Keb' Mo' (5:14)
  7. 7 Railroad Bill - John Jackson (4:02)
  8. 8 Evil on My Mind - Johnny Winter (2:21)
  9. 9 Trouble in Mind (3:07)
  10. 10 So Tough with Me - Sonny Terry (4:01)
  11. 11 Baby Bee - Kenny Neal (4:23)
  12. 12 God Don't Ever Change (2:09)
  13. 13 The Dirty Dozens - Johnny Jones (3:55)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Bruce Iglauer Producer, Audio Production
Bob DePugh Producer, Audio Production
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