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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Dave Snaker Ray split his second album about evenly between his own compositions and covers of songs from the likes of Sleepy John Estes, Arthur Crudup, and Leroy Carr. It's a tribute to Ray's feel for traditional blues styles that it's not easy to tell the originals from the covers, though overall it's just an average, if respectable, album. He accompanies himself on 12-string guitar on this set of acoustic blues, playing harmonica on his "Tribute" to Sonny Boy Williamson II, piano on the closing "Born to Surrender," and singing a one-minute snatch of Mose Allison's "Young Man" a cappella. The LP usually has a slow, relaxed ambience that sometimes gets a little too ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Dave Snaker Ray split his second album about evenly between his own compositions and covers of songs from the likes of Sleepy John Estes, Arthur Crudup, and Leroy Carr. It's a tribute to Ray's feel for traditional blues styles that it's not easy to tell the originals from the covers, though overall it's just an average, if respectable, album. He accompanies himself on 12-string guitar on this set of acoustic blues, playing harmonica on his "Tribute" to Sonny Boy Williamson II, piano on the closing "Born to Surrender," and singing a one-minute snatch of Mose Allison's "Young Man" a cappella. The LP usually has a slow, relaxed ambience that sometimes gets a little too low-energy after a few songs at a time. Some of the highlights include his bottleneck guitar on "West Egg Rag" and his unusual, almost raga-tinged guitar work on "Baby Please Don't Go," which in spots is rather reminiscent of the approach Davy Graham used in England on "Blue Raga." Future Rolling Stone editor Paul Nelson produced.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2010
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140731929
  • Catalog Number: 7319
  • Sales rank: 72,644

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Alabama Women (3:15)
  2. 2 Young Man (0:58)
  3. 3 Crying Shame (2:39)
  4. 4 Got To Love (4:31)
  5. 5 West Egg Rag (1:32)
  6. 6 How You Want Your Rolling Done (3:10)
  7. 7 Highway 51 (3:30)
  8. 8 Tribute (3:11)
  9. 9 Baby Please Don't Go (5:52)
  10. 10 Kid Man Blues (2:03)
  11. 11 Death Valley Blues (3:53)
  12. 12 If I Get Lucky (1:36)
  13. 13 Married Woman Blues (1:59)
  14. 14 Look Over Yonder's Wall (2:15)
  15. 15 You Can't Go (3:12)
  16. 16 Born To Surrender (2:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Ray Primary Artist, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Dave "Snaker" Ray Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Paul Nelson Producer, Liner Notes, Cover Photo, Back Cover Photo
Peter K. Siegel Producer, Engineer
William S. Harvey Cover Design
Dave Ray Arranger, Composer
Traditional Composer
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