Crucial Live Blues

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Blues, like jazz, is often at its most striking in a live setting, where the interplay between the musicians and the feedback from the audience serves to push things to a high edge. This explosive collection from Alligator Records gathers 13 live tracks from an assortment of players, and there really isn't a slack cut here. Koko Taylor's "Going Back to Iuka" lyrically deals with a kind of resigned retreat back home, but Taylor delivers the song with such sass that it sounds more like a powerfully triumphant statement. Delbert McClinton pulls off the same trick with "Going Back to Louisiana," and in a different way, so does Son Seals as he turns desperation into a moral ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Blues, like jazz, is often at its most striking in a live setting, where the interplay between the musicians and the feedback from the audience serves to push things to a high edge. This explosive collection from Alligator Records gathers 13 live tracks from an assortment of players, and there really isn't a slack cut here. Koko Taylor's "Going Back to Iuka" lyrically deals with a kind of resigned retreat back home, but Taylor delivers the song with such sass that it sounds more like a powerfully triumphant statement. Delbert McClinton pulls off the same trick with "Going Back to Louisiana," and in a different way, so does Son Seals as he turns desperation into a moral victory in "Call My Job." The closing track is the absolute steamroller, though, as the late Hound Dog Taylor blasts his way through a loose-kneed version of Robert Johnson's by way of Elmore James "Dust My Broom" with all the subtlety of a locomotive headed for a cliff with a drunk and passed-out brakeman and the throttle stuck wide open.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551011927
  • Catalog Number: 510119
  • Sales rank: 268,931

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Riding the Blinds (4:23)
  2. 2 Tired Man - Albert Collins (5:04)
  3. 3 Cherry Red Wine (8:34)
  4. 4 Going Back to Iuka (4:44)
  5. 5 My Dog (4:01)
  6. 6 Eyes Like a Cat (4:11)
  7. 7 Dump That Chump - Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women (3:04)
  8. 8 Born With the Blues (5:49)
  9. 9 Born in Chicago - James Cotton (3:10)
  10. 10 Call My Job - Son Seals (4:41)
  11. 11 Gonig Back to Louisiana (3:53)
  12. 12 Short Fuse Blues (6:40)
  13. 13 Dust My Broom (3:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Iglauer Sampling
Bob DePugh Sampling
Technical Credits
Luther Allison Composer
Lonnie Brooks Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Nick Gravenites Composer
Don Nix Composer
Dave Hole Composer
Rick Estrin Composer
Elmore James Composer
Al Perkins Composer
Detroit Williams Composer
William Schuler Composer
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