The End of an Era: 20 Years in Bluesland

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although the liner notes to this 14-track blues collection are otherwise thorough, one not so insignificant element is missing: the original release and recording dates of the material. The common thread seems to be that they were all produced by Fred James, who also plays guitar on all of the cuts, one of which, the instrumental "Herb Stuffing," is credited to James himself. Though James also wrote the notes, the time frame of the tracks (four of which were previously unissued) is maddeningly unspecific, though it can be deduced that they were all done sometime in the 20 years prior to this 2010 release. At any rate, these are pretty average, workmanlike ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Although the liner notes to this 14-track blues collection are otherwise thorough, one not so insignificant element is missing: the original release and recording dates of the material. The common thread seems to be that they were all produced by Fred James, who also plays guitar on all of the cuts, one of which, the instrumental "Herb Stuffing," is credited to James himself. Though James also wrote the notes, the time frame of the tracks (four of which were previously unissued) is maddeningly unspecific, though it can be deduced that they were all done sometime in the 20 years prior to this 2010 release. At any rate, these are pretty average, workmanlike contemporary electric blues, not many of them by big names in the field, with Earl Gaines, Frank Frost, Sam Lay, and Johnny Jones being the biggest. Sometimes performances of particular strength cut through to get noticed, especially Gaines' ballad "I Believe in Your Love," which has a rich and moving vibrato vocal. James is a decent and versatile guitarist, too, but in part owing to the substandard documentation, it's not a notable compilation of 20th into 21st century blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Superbird
  • EAN: 5013929882621
  • Catalog Number: 26
  • Sales rank: 263,815

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 She's the One - Roscoe Shelton (3:31)
  2. 2 I Believe in Your Love - Earl Gaines (5:40)
  3. 3 I Can't Do That - Johnny Jones (5:27)
  4. 4 Fatback - Al Garner (3:15)
  5. 5 Her Love Is Killing Me - Herbert Hunter (4:25)
  6. 6 Automobile - Larry LaDon (4:39)
  7. 7 You Got the Walk - Charles Walker (3:30)
  8. 8 Full Moon on Main Street - Freddie Waters (5:15)
  9. 9 Heat Up the Oven - Dave Riley (4:12)
  10. 10 I'm the One - Sam Lay (3:24)
  11. 11 Crawling Kingsnake - Homesick James Williamson (6:45)
  12. 12 Born to Be Wise - Frank Frost (4:27)
  13. 13 All My Life - Sam Carr (3:25)
  14. 14 Herb Stuffing - Fred James (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Frost Harmonica, Vocals
Doug Cook Bass
Earl Gaines Vocals
Sam Lay Drums, Vocals
Homesick James Williamson Vocals, Slide Guitar
Mary-Ann Brandon Background Vocals
Sam Carr Drums
Moe Denham Organ, Piano
Mike Doster Bass
Billy Earheart Organ, Electric Piano
Billy C. Farlow Harmonica
Doug James Drums
Fred James Organ, Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar, Soloist
Bob Kommersmith Bass
Waldo LaTowsky Drums
Casey Lutton Guitar, Soloist
Jay Spell Piano
Bill Swartz Drums
Dennis Taylor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Herb Shucher Drums
Roscoe Shelton Vocals
Herbert Hunter Vocals
Dave Riley Bass, Vocals
Bryan Owings Drums
Phil Rugh Organ
Andy Arrow Drums
Al Garner Vocals
Gary Bohannon Rhythm Guitar
Freddie Waters Vocals
Charles Walker Vocals
Johnny Jones Guitar, Vocals
Larry LaDon Vocals
Andrew "Shine" Turner Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Rusty Russell Bass
Jeff Davis Bass
Technical Credits
John Lee Hooker Composer
Fred James Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Roger Lomas Mastering
Joe Funderburk Engineer
Sucher Composer
Jaworowicz Composer
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