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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The late-'60s British blues boom was dominated by electric blues-rock blues bands, yet there was also an active acoustic blues scene, though it made considerably less commercial impact. Record-wise, much of the activity centered around the Matchbox label, on which the bulk of the music on this 22-track compilation was originally released. Jo-Ann Kelly and Dave Kelly are the only names that might be remotely familiar to American listeners. There are also cuts by Wizz Jones, the Panama Limited Jug Band, Mike Cooper, and Ian Anderson the Ian Anderson who now runs Folk Roots magazine, not the Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, and others. White British blues sometimes takes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The late-'60s British blues boom was dominated by electric blues-rock blues bands, yet there was also an active acoustic blues scene, though it made considerably less commercial impact. Record-wise, much of the activity centered around the Matchbox label, on which the bulk of the music on this 22-track compilation was originally released. Jo-Ann Kelly and Dave Kelly are the only names that might be remotely familiar to American listeners. There are also cuts by Wizz Jones, the Panama Limited Jug Band, Mike Cooper, and Ian Anderson the Ian Anderson who now runs Folk Roots magazine, not the Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull, and others. White British blues sometimes takes quite a critical beating, but despite the fact that the guitar playing here is considerably more impressive than the singing, this is a perfectly respectable, very listenable compilation of an underappreciated facet of the British blues boom. The performances are sharp and committed, and there's a reasonable amount of variety, from the straight Delta blues derivations through the imaginative jug band revivalism of the Panama Limited Jug Band. Maybe you don't need many British '60s acoustic blues albums in your collection, but if you only want one, this would be a good choice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667416825
  • Catalog Number: 168
  • Sales rank: 307,296

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bulldog Blues - Mike Cooper (2:21)
  2. 2 A Few Short Lines (3:34)
  3. 3 Say No to the Devil - Simon Prager (2:51)
  4. 4 Nothin' in Ramblin' - Jo Ann Kelly (3:10)
  5. 5 Cottonfield Blues - Ian Anderson (2:29)
  6. 6 Whitewash Station (3:30)
  7. 7 Searchin' the Desert for the Blues - Al Jones (1:58)
  8. 8 Dark Road Blues - Missouri Compromise (2:46)
  9. 9 Spoonful (3:19)
  10. 10 Meeting House Ray - Mike Cooper
  11. 11 Blues Walking Like a Man (3:56)
  12. 12 Stop Breaking Down - Prager, Rye & Hall (2:54)
  13. 13 Rowdy Blues - Ian Anderson (2:52)
  14. 14 Wildcat (2:56)
  15. 15 Travelin' Blues (3:27)
  16. 16 Bread of Heaven (2:40)
  17. 17 Black Snake Moan - Mike Cooper (2:54)
  18. 18 Cocaine Habit Blues (2:29)
  19. 19 Friday Evening Blues - Ian Anderson (2:43)
  20. 20 If I Had Possession over Judgement Day - Missouri Compromise (32:52)
  21. 21 Black Mary - Jo Ann Kelly (2:29)
  22. 22 The Inverted World - Mike Cooper (2:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ian Anderson Track Performer
Dave Kelly Track Performer
Wizz Jones Track Performer
Panama Limited Jug Band Track Performer
Steve Rye Track Performer
Mike Cooper Track Performer
Al Jones Track Performer
Technical Credits
Ian Anderson Arranger, Liner Notes
Bob Hall Engineer
Dave Kelly Arranger
Wizz Jones Arranger
Garfield Akers Composer
Steve Rye Arranger
Tony McPhee Band Engineer
Mike Cooper Arranger
Gef Lucena Engineer
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