Joined at the Hip

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
It's hard to believe this album wasn't made a long time ago, actually, since blues pianist Pinetop Perkins and drummer and harmonica player Willie "Big Eyes" Smith have worked together frequently in the past 40 some years. Perkins replaced the legendary pianist Otis Spann in Muddy Waters' band in 1969 when Smith was the drummer in the ensemble, and later Perkins and Smith formed the Legendary Blues Band in the 1980s. Perkins was 96 years old when the sessions for Joined at the Hip were recorded, but one wouldn't know it, and Smith, now out from behind the drum kit (his son, Kenny Smith, plays drums here), concentrates on his harp blowing and handles most of the vocals. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
It's hard to believe this album wasn't made a long time ago, actually, since blues pianist Pinetop Perkins and drummer and harmonica player Willie "Big Eyes" Smith have worked together frequently in the past 40 some years. Perkins replaced the legendary pianist Otis Spann in Muddy Waters' band in 1969 when Smith was the drummer in the ensemble, and later Perkins and Smith formed the Legendary Blues Band in the 1980s. Perkins was 96 years old when the sessions for Joined at the Hip were recorded, but one wouldn't know it, and Smith, now out from behind the drum kit (his son, Kenny Smith, plays drums here), concentrates on his harp blowing and handles most of the vocals. The result is a solid Chicago blues record, one that feels like it could have been tracked anytime in the past four decades. The sound is big and warm and alive, and this is the Chicago blues without any annoying and unnecessary flash -- it just socks home where it's supposed to, with solid ensemble playing (Bob Stroger is on bass and John Primer and "Little Frank" Krakowski handle the guitars while Perkins, of course, mans the piano and Smith adds appropriate harmonica fills, with Kenny Smith on drums). Highlights include the opener, "Grown Up to Be a Man," a fine version of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Eyesight to the Blind" (the second Sonny Boy -- "Eyesight" was his first single back in 1951), and a compelling "I Would Like to Have a Girl Like You," which was written by Billy Flynn, who was also a member of the Legendary Blues Band with Perkins and Smith. Produced by Michael Freeman, Joined at the Hip is Chicago blues played straight and true, headed up by a couple of veteran blues musicians who not only know what they're talking about, they've also lived it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 888072318502
  • Catalog Number: 31850
  • Sales rank: 53,801

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Grown Up to Be a Man - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (4:02)
  2. 2 Cut That Out - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (4:01)
  3. 3 Take Your Eyes Off My Woman - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (4:24)
  4. 4 Walkin' Down the Highway - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (6:40)
  5. 5 Gambling Blues - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (4:13)
  6. 6 I Would Like to Have a Girl Like You - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (4:19)
  7. 7 Take My Hand, Precious Lord - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (5:58)
  8. 8 You'd Better Slow Down - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (4:10)
  9. 9 Minor Blues - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (2:50)
  10. 10 I Feel So Good - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (4:12)
  11. 11 Lord, Lord, Lord - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (5:33)
  12. 12 Grindin' Man - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (4:07)
  13. 13 Eyesight to the Blind - Willie "Big Eyes" Smith (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pinetop Perkins Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
John Primer Guitar
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Harmonica, Vocals
Bob Stroger Bass Guitar
Kenny Smith Drums
Little Frank Krakowski Guitar
Technical Credits
Big Bill Broonzy Composer
Melvin "Lil' Son" Jackson Composer
Blaise Barton Engineer
Michael Freeman Producer
Brian Leach Engineer
Neil Slaven Source Material
Willie "Big Eyes" Smith Composer
Stuart Sullivan Engineer
Sonny Boy Williamson I Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Mike Leadbitter Source Material
Joe Willie Perkins Arranger, Composer
Paul Blakemore Mastering
John Godrich Source Material
Paul Pelletier Source Material
Robert Gordon Source Material
Billy Flynn Composer
Leslie Fancourt Source Material
Robert M.W. Dixon Source Material
K. Dwayne Smith Composer
Patricia Morgan Management
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  • Posted November 28, 2010

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    Solid Chicago blues set from two masters...

    I bought this when it came out and immediately fell in love with it. "Joined At The Hip" is a solid, enjoyable album from two men who have lived the blues, and played it their entire lives - for Pinetop, that's a VERY long time, indeed! While it isn't groundbreaking in any way, it showcases Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith's ragged, soulful vocals on all but two tracks, and also proves what a great mouth harp player he is. As for Pinetop Perkins, who was 96 when this was recorded, he still played piano better than those half his age or less. While he should have sung more than two songs, it is a pleasure to listen to these two old bandmates/friends play some excellent material and the fun they must have had shines through on every track.

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