Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite's Southside Band

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All Music Guide - Dan Forte
Vanguard may have spelled his name wrong he prefers Charlie or Charles, but the word was out as soon as this solo debut was released: here was a harpist every bit as authentic, as emotional, and in some ways as adventuresome, as Paul Butterfield. Similarly leading a Chicago band with a veteran black rhythm section Fred Below on drums, Bob Anderson on bass and rock-influenced soloists keyboardist Barry Goldberg, guitarist Harvey Mandel, Musselwhite played with a depth that belied his age -- only 22 when this was cut! His gruff vocals were considerably more affected than they would become later clearer, more relaxed, but his renditions of "Help Me," "Early in the Morning," and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dan Forte
Vanguard may have spelled his name wrong he prefers Charlie or Charles, but the word was out as soon as this solo debut was released: here was a harpist every bit as authentic, as emotional, and in some ways as adventuresome, as Paul Butterfield. Similarly leading a Chicago band with a veteran black rhythm section Fred Below on drums, Bob Anderson on bass and rock-influenced soloists keyboardist Barry Goldberg, guitarist Harvey Mandel, Musselwhite played with a depth that belied his age -- only 22 when this was cut! His gruff vocals were considerably more affected than they would become later clearer, more relaxed, but his renditions of "Help Me," "Early in the Morning," and his own "Strange Land" stand the test of time. He let his harmonica speak even more authoritatively on instrumentals like "39th and Indiana" essentially "It Hurts Me Too" sans lyrics and "Cha Cha the Blues," and his version of jazz arranger Duke Pearson's gospel-tinged "Cristo Redemptor" has become his signature song -- associated with Musselwhite probably more so than with trumpeter Donald Byrd, who originally recorded the song for Blue Note. Goldberg is in fine form particularly on organ, but Mandel's snakey, stuttering style really stands out -- notably on "Help Me," his quirky original "4 P.M.," and "Chicken Shack," where he truly makes you think your record is skipping.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/1991
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707923224
  • Catalog Number: 79232
  • Sales rank: 27,800

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Baby Will You Please Help Me (3:20)
  2. 2 No More Lonely Nights (5:14)
  3. 3 Cha Cha the Blues (3:13)
  4. 4 Christo Redemptor (3:21)
  5. 5 Help Me (3:29)
  6. 6 Chicken Shack (4:17)
  7. 7 Strange Land (3:04)
  8. 8 39th and Indiana - Charlie Musselwhite's Southside Band (4:12)
  9. 9 My Baby - Charlie Musselwhite's Southside Band (2:46)
  10. 10 Early in the Morning - Charlie Musselwhite's Southside Band (4:31)
  11. 11 4 P.M. - Charlie Musselwhite's Southside Band (3:17)
  12. 12 Sad Day - Charlie Musselwhite's Southside Band (5:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Musselwhite Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Track Performer
Harvey Mandel Guitar
Barry Goldberg Organ, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Bob Anderson Bass
Fred Below Drums
Technical Credits
Barry Goldberg Producer
Samuel Charters Producer
Pete Welding Liner Notes
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