How Long?

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In the summer of 2010, producer Jake Langley took pianist Pinetop Perkins into the studio knowing full well that this would be among the last sessions the blues legend would ever make. Pinetop was 97 years old, and odds were good that this would be the last time he'd ever be recorded, so Langley made sure to capture him in a setting that brought out the best in him, recording him live in the studio, sometimes supported by up-and-coming blues singers from the Austin, Texas area. These young guns included Gary Clark, Jr., who would have a major-label breakthrough in 2012, the same year How Long? appeared on RockBeat Records. How Long? did turn out to be Pinetop's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In the summer of 2010, producer Jake Langley took pianist Pinetop Perkins into the studio knowing full well that this would be among the last sessions the blues legend would ever make. Pinetop was 97 years old, and odds were good that this would be the last time he'd ever be recorded, so Langley made sure to capture him in a setting that brought out the best in him, recording him live in the studio, sometimes supported by up-and-coming blues singers from the Austin, Texas area. These young guns included Gary Clark, Jr., who would have a major-label breakthrough in 2012, the same year How Long? appeared on RockBeat Records. How Long? did turn out to be Pinetop's last session, and it is a good one. Although there isn't much grit to the production -- it's as clean and crisp as any contemporary blues production -- there is more than enough room to breathe, so it feels live. Perkins isn't always in the forefront, either vocally or instrumentally -- "If You Love Me Like You Say" feels like a Clark solo track -- but when he is, he's a compelling presence, hardly sounding like he's close to his centennial. Perkins didn't live to see that anniversary, but this set proves that he was a vital, electric presence right until the end.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Rockbeat Records
  • UPC: 089353314620
  • Catalog Number: 3146
  • Sales rank: 138,395

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come Back Baby (4:48)
  2. 2 5-10-15 Hours - Carolyn Wonderland (4:46)
  3. 3 Back To the Chicken Shack (4:06)
  4. 4 Miss Ida B (6:09)
  5. 5 If You Love Me Like You Say - Gary Clark Jr. (4:13)
  6. 6 Ladies Call Me Pinetop (5:47)
  7. 7 Got My Mojo Workin' (4:24)
  8. 8 Sugar Sweet - Emily Gimble (3:16)
  9. 9 How Long Blues (5:26)
  10. 10 Big Fat Mama (4:24)
  11. 11 Sittin' On Top of the World - Emily Gimble (3:00)
  12. 12 Rhumba Man (3:50)
  13. 13 Do Unto Others - Gary Clark Jr. (4:19)
  14. 14 People Like That - Emily Gimble (3:47)
  15. 15 Pinetop's Last Blues (3:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Chicken Shack Blues
  2. 2 Rhumba Man
  3. 3 Do Unto Others
  4. 4 Rhumba Man
  5. 5 Ladies Call Me Pinetop
  6. 6 Sittin' On Top of the World
  7. 7 Big Fat Mama
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pinetop Perkins Primary Artist, Piano
Cindy Cashdollar Lap Steel Guitar
J.J. Johnson Drums
Chris Maresh Acoustic Bass
Carolyn Wonderland Vocals
Mike Flanigin Organ
Jake Langley Guitar
Derick OBrian Guitar
John Mills Horn
Gary Clark Jr. Vocals
Jon Blondel Horn
Emily Gimble Vocals
George Rieff Electric Bass
Scott MacIntosh Horn
Rich Hearing Horn
Technical Credits
Leroy Carr Composer
Walter Davis Composer
Little Johnny Taylor Composer
Joe Williams Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Bobby Charles Composer
Walter Vinson Composer
Lonnie Chatmon Composer
Pinetop Perkins Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Andrew Shapter Art Direction
Jake Langley Composer, Director, Producer, Liner Notes
Preston Foster Composer
Jerry Peterson Mastering
Melvin London Composer
Dave Percifull Engineer
Austin Tolin Camera Operator
Naomi Emerson Additional Footage
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