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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Since their debut album for Black Top Records in 1981, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets have been turning out their own brand of meat and potatoes blues with just a touch of hard Texas swing in the stew. This set collects key tracks from the group's seven albums for Black Top, along with tracks from their pair of albums for Rounder's Bullseye Blues imprint, to make an introductory overview of Funderburgh's career that spans the years 1981 to 2003. Nothing here is particularly innovative, but that isn't what Funderburgh is after, and thanks to Sam Myers' sturdy, everyman vocals and occasional Chicago-styled (by way of Mississippi) harmonica lines, not to mention ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Since their debut album for Black Top Records in 1981, Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets have been turning out their own brand of meat and potatoes blues with just a touch of hard Texas swing in the stew. This set collects key tracks from the group's seven albums for Black Top, along with tracks from their pair of albums for Rounder's Bullseye Blues imprint, to make an introductory overview of Funderburgh's career that spans the years 1981 to 2003. Nothing here is particularly innovative, but that isn't what Funderburgh is after, and thanks to Sam Myers' sturdy, everyman vocals and occasional Chicago-styled (by way of Mississippi) harmonica lines, not to mention Funderburgh's concise, slashing guitar style, what emerges is a pure Texas blues band, and no more or less. Among the highlights are the blues swing of "A Man Needs His Loving," a ragged take on Buddy Guy's "$100 Bill," a Funderburgh original, "Change in My Pocket," the relentless "Oh-Oh," and Funderburgh's angular guitar riff on "Mudslide." No-frills contemporary Texas blues with the fringe removed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663100600
  • Catalog Number: 10060
  • Sales rank: 67,184

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anson Funderburgh Primary Artist, Guitar, 6-string bass
Sam Myers Harmonica, Vocals
Johnny Reno Baritone Saxophone
Mike Judge Bass
Grady Gaines Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Rory MacLeod Bass
Matt McCabe Piano
Kevin McKendree Piano, Hammond Organ
Jim Milan Bass
Jackie Newhouse Bass
Darrell Nulisch Harmonica, Vocals
Doug Rynack Piano
Jeff Sarli Upright Bass
Rhandy Simmons Bass
Wes Starr Percussion, Drums
Keith Winking Trumpet
Ernest Youngblood Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Marc Wilson Drums
Danny Cochran Drums
Bruce Elsensohn Organ
John Selzer Trumpet
Jerry Lee Smith Tenor Saxophone
John H.R. Mills Baritone Saxophone
John Street Piano, Hammond Organ
Gary Slechta Trumpet
Gentleman John Street Piano
Technical Credits
Earl King Composer
Sam Myers Composer
Little Milton Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Emily Johnson Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
Randy Perry Remastering
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