Live on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise is one of those excursions on which a batch of musicians are put on a cruise ship with their fans for a few days of playing on the high seas, which makes it an ideal occasion for a live album packed with guests. Joe Louis Walker, appearing with his regular backup band (Linwood Taylor on second guitar, Kevin Burton on keyboards, Henry Oden on bass, and Jeff Minnieweather on drums), welcomes 18 guests on these 11 tracks, most prominent among them Johnny Winter and Duke Robillard. In fact, his interactions with such fellow guitarists are among the high points on the disc. Walker revisits his own repertoire, dating back to his debut ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise is one of those excursions on which a batch of musicians are put on a cruise ship with their fans for a few days of playing on the high seas, which makes it an ideal occasion for a live album packed with guests. Joe Louis Walker, appearing with his regular backup band (Linwood Taylor on second guitar, Kevin Burton on keyboards, Henry Oden on bass, and Jeff Minnieweather on drums), welcomes 18 guests on these 11 tracks, most prominent among them Johnny Winter and Duke Robillard. In fact, his interactions with such fellow guitarists are among the high points on the disc. Walker revisits his own repertoire, dating back to his debut album, Cold Is the Night ("Ten More Shows to Play") and its follow-up, The Gift ("747"), along with tracks from his last couple of records. His is an electric blues sound that, while rooted in tradition, also came along after such blues-rock acts as the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream, and there are occasional echoes of that style. It may be that, given the circumstances, the players were inclined to let themselves go a bit more than usual; after all, nobody had to worry about driving home. In any case, the arrangements can be stretched out to the point of being a little loose and ragged, and the singing, while enthusiastic, can be too. Most of that singing is done by Walker himself, and it's possible that he makes a point in a sleeve note of saying the album has no overdubs or fixes as a way of explaining the occasional croakiness in his voice. Such imperfections are more than offset, however, by the enthusiasm with which everybody plays.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532135320
  • Catalog Number: 321353
  • Sales rank: 147,209

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Slow Down GTO - Joe Louis Walker & Blues Conspiracy (6:08)
  2. 2 Ain't That Cold - Joe Louis Walker & Blues Conspiracy (5:49)
  3. 3 You're Gonna Make Me Cry - Joe Louis Walker & Blues Conspiracy (8:04)
  4. 4 Eyes Like a Cat - Joe Louis Walker & Blues Conspiracy (5:46)
  5. 5 Ten More Shows To Play - Joe Louis Walker & Blues Conspiracy (5:44)
  6. 6 Born In Chicago - Joe Louis Walker & Blues Conspiracy (5:53)
  7. 7 Sugar Mama - Joe Louis Walker & Blues Conspiracy (11:59)
  8. 8 Tell Me Why - Joe Louis Walker & Blues Conspiracy (7:10)
  9. 9 A Poor Man's Plea - Joe Louis Walker & Blues Conspiracy (5:15)
  10. 10 It's a Shame - Joe Louis Walker & Blues Conspiracy (5:25)
  11. 11 747 - Joe Louis Walker & Blues Conspiracy (6:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Louis Walker Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Slide Guitar
Kenny Neal Harmonica
Mitch Woods Piano
Duke Robillard Guitar
Johnny Winter Guitar
Mike Finnigan Organ, Vocals
Deanna Bogart Tenor Saxophone
Tab Benoit Guitar
Kevin Burton Organ, Piano
Tommy Castro Guitar
Keith Crossan Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jeff Minnieweather Drums
Nick Moss Guitar
Paul Nelson Guitar
Henry Oden Bass
Tom Poole Trumpet
Curtis Salgado Vocals
Paris Slim Guitar
Kirk Fletcher Guitar
Todd Sharpville Guitar
Linwood Taylor Guitar
Watermelon Slim Harmonica
Jason Ricci Harmonica
Technical Credits
Lowell Fulson Composer
Joe Louis Walker Composer, Producer
Duke Robillard Composer
Nick Gravenites Composer
Deadric Malone Composer
J.J. Malone Composer
Holger Petersen Executive Producer
Dennis Walker Composer
Amos Blakemore Composer
Joe Russo Composer
Traditional Composer
John Mailloux Mastering
Travis Phillips Composer
Steve Spirn Engineer
Michael Dangelmaier Artwork
David L. Jones Executive Producer, Management
Haskell Sadler Composer
Hans Freistatter Illustrations
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