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Pay It Forward
     

Pay It Forward

by Luther Allison
 
In many cases, collections of musical odds and ends -- a live rarity here, an alternate take there -- can be uneven and inconsistent. And the people they're aimed at -- mainly diehard fans and serious collectors -- are willing to live with that. They have more than just a casual interest in the artist's work, and even the less-from-essential stuff excites and

Overview

In many cases, collections of musical odds and ends -- a live rarity here, an alternate take there -- can be uneven and inconsistent. And the people they're aimed at -- mainly diehard fans and serious collectors -- are willing to live with that. They have more than just a casual interest in the artist's work, and even the less-from-essential stuff excites and intrigues them. Assembled in 2002 -- five years after Luther Allison's death -- Pay It Forward is the sort of odds-and-ends collection that tends to appeal to diehard fans rather than casual listeners. This CD, which spans 1985-1996, contains an abundance of previously unreleased material and ranges from various live performances to an alternate version of the dark, brooding "Cherry Red Wine." Pay It Forward would probably interest obsessive collectors even if it was wildly inconsistent, but thankfully, these live and studio recordings are generally solid -- and some are even excellent. Although this CD doesn't limit itself to Allison's more essential work, it nonetheless reminds us how productive a time the '80s and '90s were for the late singer/guitarist. Pay It Forward also demonstrates that Allison was more a prolific blues artist -- he was also a prolific soul artist. Allison is quite inspired on a live performance of Willie Dixon's "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man" (recorded at the Stockholm Jazz and Blues Festival in 1991), but he also has a lot to say when he gets into soul-singer mode on the congenial "I Wanna Be with You," and a sweaty version of Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay" (which was recorded live at the 1985 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland). Again, Pay It Forward isn't recommended to casual listeners, but it's easily recommended to those who count themselves among Allison's hardcore devotees.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Ruf
UPC:
0710347106029
catalogNumber:
1060
Rank:
124513

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Luther Allison   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Otis Grand   Guitar
Bernard Allison   Guitar,Vocals
Charlie Bingham   Guitar
Michael Carras   Keyboards
Jens Elbol   Bass
Steve Gomes   Bass
Neil Gouvin   Drums
Sulaiman Hakim   Saxophone
Roger Hawkins   Drums
David Hood   Bass
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Kenn Lending   Guitar
Stan Mixon   Bass
Anthony Palmer   Guitar
James Solberg   Guitar,Vocals
Patrick Verbeke   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Marla Glen   Vocals
Bruce Elsensohn   Hammond Organ
Dave Smith   Bass
Mike Vlahakis   Keyboards
Larry Ortega   Drums
Vincent Daune   Drums
Ken Faltinson   Bass
Serge Plume   Trumpet
Rob Stupka   Drums
Jay Golden   Bass
Jel Jongen   Trombone
Thomas Fellow   Acoustic Guitar
Constanze Friend   Vocals
Frank J. Larsen   Drums
Jorgen Lang   Harmonica
Steve Potts   Drums

Technical Credits

Luther Allison   Producer
Otis Grand   Liner Notes
Bernard Allison   Producer
Michael Carras   Producer
Jim Gaines   Producer
Kenn Lending   Liner Notes
James Solberg   Producer
Patrick Verbeke   Liner Notes
Tom "Curly" Ruff   Producer,Liner Notes
Jos Haagmans   Engineer
Constanze Friend   Liner Notes

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