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Crucial Live Blues

  • 1. Riding the Blinds - Lonnie Mack
    2. Tired Man - Albert Collins
    3. Cherry Red Wine - Luther Allison
    4. Going Back to Iuka - Koko Taylor
    5. My Dog - Elvin Bishop
    6. Eyes Like a Cat - Little Charlie & the Nightcats
    7. Dump That Chump - Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women
    8. Born With the Blues - Lonnie Brooks
    9. Born in Chicago - James Cotton
    10. Call My Job - Son Seals
    11. Gonig Back to Louisiana - Delbert McClinton
    12. Short Fuse Blues - Dave Hole
    13. Dust My Broom - Hound Dog Taylor
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 119

  • Credits

    Performers include: Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, Hound Dog Taylor, Delbert McClinton, Lonnie Mack, Son Seals, James Cotton.
    Personnel: Bob DePugh, Bruce Iglauer (sampler).
    Blues, like jazz, is often at its most striking in a live setting, where the interplay between the musicians and the feedback from the audience serves to push things to a high edge. This explosive collection from Alligator Records gathers 13 live tracks from an assortment of players, and there really isn't a slack cut here. Koko Taylor's "Going Back to Iuka" lyrically deals with a kind of resigned retreat back home, but Taylor delivers the song with such sass that it sounds more like a powerfully triumphant statement. Delbert McClinton pulls off the same trick with "Going Back to Louisiana," and in a different way, so does Son Seals as he turns desperation into a moral victory in "Call My Job." The closing track is the absolute steamroller, though, as the late Hound Dog Taylor blasts his way through a loose-kneed version of Robert Johnson's (by way of Elmore James) "Dust My Broom" with all the subtlety of a locomotive headed for a cliff with a drunk and passed-out brakeman and the throttle stuck wide open. ~ Steve Leggett

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