The Blues White Album

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Telarc stretches their label tribute series concept practically to the breaking point when they attempt to breathe blues life into the Beatles' sprawling masterwork. George Benson and Booker T. & the MG's tried similar treatments of Abbey Road, but the White Album, with its wildly diverse styles, hasn't been ripe for reinterpretation, especially in a blues mode. Although it's ultimately disappointing, this does have enough moments to appeal to fans of the participating artists and the genre. Whittling down the original double album's 30 tracks to a more manageable ten still doesn't explain why such naturally bluesy rockers like "Savoy Truffle," "Birthday," and "Back in...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Telarc stretches their label tribute series concept practically to the breaking point when they attempt to breathe blues life into the Beatles' sprawling masterwork. George Benson and Booker T. & the MG's tried similar treatments of Abbey Road, but the White Album, with its wildly diverse styles, hasn't been ripe for reinterpretation, especially in a blues mode. Although it's ultimately disappointing, this does have enough moments to appeal to fans of the participating artists and the genre. Whittling down the original double album's 30 tracks to a more manageable ten still doesn't explain why such naturally bluesy rockers like "Savoy Truffle," "Birthday," and "Back in the USSR" were ignored in favor of the bouncy pop of "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" and "Don't Pass Me By." Both fall flat here, with Maria Muldaur sounding completely lost on the former, and bass-playing sessionman T-Bone Wolk's unconvincingly wimpy vocals on the latter. Chris Duarte takes the title of "I'm So Tired" too much too heart as he practically sleepwalks though a mumbling, shambling version of the druggy tune that sounds like a demo bolstered by a snazzy guitar solo. Anders Osborne comes up empty handed while attempting to inject R&B into the twisting "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," but the song's winding, disjointed melody and free-form lyrics don't translate well to a blues interpretation. Even "Yer Blues," the most obvious cover, comes up short of its potential, as Lucky Peterson seems like a caricature of himself, working too hard to put it across as slow Chicago blues. Peterson shares guitar and vocals with Louisiana's Kenny Neal and Tab Benoit at the time of this disc's issue, all three were not-so-coincidentally signed to Telarc, as were most of the other artists involved on a rocking "Revolution" that comes closest to achieving this album's intention. Joe Louis Walker expands "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" to twice its original length, effectively digging into the guts of the tune in a stirring, near-wrenching performance. Similarly, the always-classy Charlie Musselwhite transforms "Dear Prudence" into an eight-minute instrumental epic, complete with crying harp and Colin Linden's sympathetic slide guitar. That, along with an acoustic "Blackbird," which takes McCartney's simple love song down to the Delta in an imaginative and moving unplugged version by Linden, shows the potential of this undertaking. It doesn't all gel, but the highlights show promise for future projects to be more successful.
Blues Revue
The obvious glee these musicians bring to the concept goes a long way toward putting across the material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2002
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408355325
  • Catalog Number: 83553
  • Sales rank: 97,230

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Why Don't We Do It in the Road? - Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers (5:36)
  2. 2 Yer Blues - Lucky Peterson (5:22)
  3. 3 Happiness Is a Warm Gun - Anders Osborne (3:27)
  4. 4 Revolution - Tab Benoit (4:56)
  5. 5 OB-La-Di, OB-La-Da - Maria Muldaur (4:12)
  6. 6 While My Guitar Gently Weeps (8:09)
  7. 7 Don't Pass Me By - T-Bone Wolk (4:09)
  8. 8 I'm So Tired - Chris Duarte (4:48)
  9. 9 Blackbird - Colin Linden (2:48)
  10. 10 Dear Prudence - Colin Linden (7:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica
Kenny Neal Harmonica, Vocals
Lucky Peterson Organ, Guitar, Vocals
Joe Louis Walker Guitar, Vocals
Maria Muldaur Vocals
Jimmy Thackery Guitar, Vocals
Tab Benoit Vocals
Chris Duarte Guitar, Vocals
Steve Holley Drums
Colin Linden Guitar, Vocals
G.E. Smith Guitar
Mark Stutso Drums
Anders Osborne Vocals
Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers Track Performer
Peter Re Organ
Ken Faltinson Bass
T-Bone Wolk Bass, Vocals
James Carpenter Saxophone
Technical Credits
Ringo Starr Composer
Pete Carlson Engineer
Butch Bonner Engineer
Lincoln Clapp Engineer, Mastering
Steve Holley Arranger
Colin Linden Engineer
G.E. Smith Arranger
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Steve Drown Engineer
Anders Osborne Instrumentation
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction, Cover Design
Nelson Blanchard Engineer
Harry Gale Engineer
Mark Nathan Engineer
King Williams Engineer
Randy Labbe Producer
Rueben Williams Engineer
Dawn Hopkins Engineer
T-Bone Wolk Arranger
Richard Starkey Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beatles and Blues Lovers--You've Just Found Heaven

    I'm a Beatles fan, not a Blues purist. The Beatles brought the Blues to me in a format that I enjoyed over thirty years ago when I was in college. I still love listening to them after all these years. The "Blues White Album" brings all of that joy back to me in the form of something new. Beatles fans should ignore the review on the cover page from "All Music Guide". It doesn't really do justice to this album. Either the reviewer is such a purist that he/she can't see the quality of this album or is too young to understand what the Beatles were all about--Great Music! The only weak cut that I can find is "Dear Prudence" which sounds more like a cut from the "Midnight Cowboy" soundtrack than from the Beatles. In my opinion, it doesn't fit with the rest of the cuts. Beatles/Blues fans--buy this album and you will not be disappointed.

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