Rolling Stone Presents: Blues

Rolling Stone Presents: Blues

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It's hard not to look at the ten songs that comprise Rolling Stone presents Blues and think that this is the reason why so many blues fans are disenchanted with the state of contemporary blues. This is what most modern listeners think of when they think of the blues -- slick, stylized blues-rock, played either by veterans of the British Invasion or hippie chicks or…  See more details below

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It's hard not to look at the ten songs that comprise Rolling Stone presents Blues and think that this is the reason why so many blues fans are disenchanted with the state of contemporary blues. This is what most modern listeners think of when they think of the blues -- slick, stylized blues-rock, played either by veterans of the British Invasion or hippie chicks or boozy blooze bands or young virtuosos only interested in soloing. Apart from two classic cuts from Albert King and John Lee Hooker (actually, the latter isn't particularly well-known, it just dates from the '50s), that's what's here -- a lot of glossy, bluesy arena rock. There are some good cuts here -- the aforementioned King and Hook, plus Robert Cray's "Phone Booth," an early Fleetwood Mac cover of "Shake Your Moneymaker," Clapton's "Blues Before Sunrise" from 1994, the Fabulous Thunderbirds' sleek "Tuff Enuff" -- but it's misleading to call this the blues, and the sad fact is many listeners (especially new converts to Rolling Stone magazine) do believe this is real blues, and it's unfortunate this disc perpetuates that falsehood. Especially since it contains "Bad to the Bone."

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2002
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227832520
catalogNumber:
78325

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Lee Hooker   Track Performer
Fabulous Thunderbirds   Track Performer
Fleetwood Mac   Track Performer
Bonnie Raitt   Track Performer
Kenny Wayne Shepherd   Track Performer
Eric Clapton   Track Performer
Albert King   Track Performer
George Thorogood & the Destroyers   Track Performer
Robert Cray Band   Track Performer
Susan Tedeschi   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Hugh Brown   Art Direction
David McLees   Executive Producer
David Wild   Liner Notes
Steven Chean   Editorial Research
Reggie Collins   Discographical Annotation
Leigh Hall   Liner Notes
Andy Omel   Cover Design

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Rolling Stone Presents: Blues 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Lilo02 More than 1 year ago
As someone who plays the guitar, I have to say that this is one of the most amazeing Blues compilations that I've heard this far. There's no words that I can use to sum it up than this.