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Big City Blues [John Hammond, Jr.]

  • 1. I'm Ready
    2. My Starter Won't Start
    3. Barbecue Blues
    4. I'm A Man
    5. Barrelhouse Woman Blues
    6. Midnight Hour Blues
    7. Backdoor Man
    8. I Live The Life I Love
    9. No Money Down
    10. My Babe
    11. When You Get A Good Friend
    12. Baby, Won't You Tell Me
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79153-2

  • Credits

    The 2002 edition of BIG CITY BLUES includes 7 bonus tracks.
    Personnel: John Hammond (vocals, electric guitar, harmonica); Billy Butler, James Spruill (electric guitar); Jimmy Lewis (electric bass); Bobby Donaldson (drums).
    Includes liner notes by S.W. Bennett.
    John Hammond's second album of stripped down, raw, urban R&B is a product of its time. Released in 1964 on the crest of the R&B explosion, it delivers the goods in the form of authentic musicianship, enthusiastic vocalizing, and excellent choices of material, from Leroy Carr's haunting "Midnight Hour Blues," to Willie Dixon's steady-rolling "I Live the Life I Love."
    Hammond's sincerity and love for the blues shines through on every track here, and it's to his credit that the performances still sound ground-breaking, exciting, and energetic today, avoiding any hint of pedantry or fakery. Hammond and company play throughout as if to the manner born (which, as the son of John Hammond Sr., discoverer of Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and countless others, Hammond arguably was).

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