Putumayo Presents: American Blues

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Putumayo is to be congratulated for this roundup of, as they call them, "America's greatest contemporary blues artists." That statement is always going to be up for debate, but kudos for stepping beyond the big names to highlight some lesser-known, but equally important, talent. Arthur Adams, for example, has a wonderful voice that he uses smoothly on "Get Next to Me" although B.B. King's solo fires the piece to a higher level. And some of the acoustic tracks are absolute joys, like Chris Thomas King's "Why Blues?" It would have been nice to have heard something more recent from Taj Mahal's extensive catalog than "Cakewalk into Town," which almost qualifies as vintage -- ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Putumayo is to be congratulated for this roundup of, as they call them, "America's greatest contemporary blues artists." That statement is always going to be up for debate, but kudos for stepping beyond the big names to highlight some lesser-known, but equally important, talent. Arthur Adams, for example, has a wonderful voice that he uses smoothly on "Get Next to Me" although B.B. King's solo fires the piece to a higher level. And some of the acoustic tracks are absolute joys, like Chris Thomas King's "Why Blues?" It would have been nice to have heard something more recent from Taj Mahal's extensive catalog than "Cakewalk into Town," which almost qualifies as vintage -- but it's still majestic. Ruth Brown, Sugar Pie DeSanto, and Susan Tedeschi show that women get the blues too, with Tedeschi firing off some stinging guitar. Whether Solomon Burke really qualifies as a blues singer is debatable -- to many he'll always be one of soul's kings -- but his voice remains an impressive vehicle. However, it's good to see Sunpie Barnes and Henry Gray get exposure. Perhaps next time they can extend their range to include people like Otis Taylor who are reinventing the meaning of the blues. But for now, this is a good job.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248021522
  • Catalog Number: 215
  • Sales rank: 66,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Next to Me - B.B. King (4:54)
  2. 2 Hand It Over (2:55)
  3. 3 Good Day for the Blues (4:36)
  4. 4 How Could You Do It (2:22)
  5. 5 Cakewalk into Town - Taj Mahal (2:34)
  6. 6 She's into Something - Albert Collins (3:51)
  7. 7 Hello, San Francisco, Pt. 1 - Sugar Pie DeSanto (3:29)
  8. 8 Call ME Baby - Raful Neal (3:50)
  9. 9 I Got the Blues (4:50)
  10. 10 Sunpie's Romp and Stomp - Sunpie Barnes (3:01)
  11. 11 Needed Time (5:12)
  12. 12 Why Blues - Chris Thomas King (3:22)
  13. 13 Just Won't Burn (4:47)
  14. 14 None of Us Are Free (5:27)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Henry Gray Composer
Raful Neal Composer
Taj Mahal Composer
Brenda Russell Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Big Maceo Merriweather Composer
Leo Nocentelli Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Carl Wright Composer
Keb' Mo' Composer
Dan Storper Executive Producer
Chris Thomas King Composer
Nicola Heindl Illustrations
Susan Tedeschi Composer
Hoy Lindsey Composer
Ricky Ray Rector Composer
Jacob Edgar Liner Notes
Emily Lazar Mastering
Traditional Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    As Good As It Gets

    Congress has designated 2003 as the Year of the Blues, and both PBS and Public Radio are producing related series'. This CD is the perfect complement, featuring blues tracks by some of the legends (e.g. B.B. King, Taj Mahal, Ruth Brown, Henry Gray) and some of the rising stars (e.g. Keb' Mo', Robert Cray, Eric Bibb, Susan Tedeschi) who keep the blues alive and thriving. Whether you're a student of the art, or just like to listen to great music, this CD is for you.

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