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Somebody Loan Me a Dime

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All Music Guide - Ken Chang
Yes, it's another generic blues compilation, but this one from Indigo Records gets high marks for being able to deliver without dragging its feet on well-worn standards. Most of the necessary bases are covered here: Chicago blues, Texas blues, Delta blues, vintage John Lee Hooker ("Helpless Blues," recorded in the late '40s), plus the obligatory nod to more contemporary stylists (Paul DeLay and Charlie Musselwhite). Overall, it's a tasteful mix that includes a generous amount of live material -- six tracks that range from a solo Fred McDowell bantering with a hotel crowd in London to Albert Collins wrestling with guitar feedback at the Fillmore West. There's also a deliberate...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Chang
Yes, it's another generic blues compilation, but this one from Indigo Records gets high marks for being able to deliver without dragging its feet on well-worn standards. Most of the necessary bases are covered here: Chicago blues, Texas blues, Delta blues, vintage John Lee Hooker ("Helpless Blues," recorded in the late '40s), plus the obligatory nod to more contemporary stylists (Paul DeLay and Charlie Musselwhite). Overall, it's a tasteful mix that includes a generous amount of live material -- six tracks that range from a solo Fred McDowell bantering with a hotel crowd in London to Albert Collins wrestling with guitar feedback at the Fillmore West. There's also a deliberate emphasis on lesser known blues veterans such as Byther Smith, Eddie Clearwater, U.P. Wilson, and Louisiana Red -- all deserving players who, for some unknown reason, usually don't make the cut for compilations of this sort. The album's one standard, Muddy Waters' "I Got My Mojo Working," isn't the "usual" version that Waters performed at the 1960 Newport Jazz Festival, but a later rendition recorded live at Rose & Kelly's by Harley Cokliss for his 1972 documentary film Chicago Blues. You don't have to appreciate such subtleties in order to like this album, but it's always nice to find a good, solid blues compilation that isn't steeped in the usual clich├ęs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/19/1996
  • Label: Indigo Uk
  • UPC: 780304205423
  • Catalog Number: 2054

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Billy Boy Arnold Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Eddy Clearwater Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Buddy Guy Guitar
John Lee Hooker Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Magic Slim Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Louis Myers Guitar
Fenton Robinson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Byther Smith Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Roosevelt Sykes Track Performer
Albert Collins Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Bill Dicey Harmonica
Sam Lay Piano
Paul Oscher Harmonica
Mississippi Fred McDowell Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Paul deLay Harmonica, Vocals
Louisiana Red Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
U.P. Wilson Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Aaron Burton Bass
Odell Campbell Bass
Douglas Holt Drums
Nick Holt Bass
Lightnin' Hopkins Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Ike Turner Guitar, Track Performer
Sammy Lawhorn Guitar
Muddy Waters Vocals, Track Performer
Elmore Nixon Piano
Coleman "Daddy Rabbit" Pettis Guitar
Lee Ivory Semien Drums
Johnny "Big Moose" Walker Piano
Thomas Eckert Guitar
Paul deLay Band Track Performer
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
Neil Slaven Liner Notes
Jewels Taub Composer
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