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Deluxe Edition [Charlie Musselwhite] [CD] [1 disc]
1. River Hip Mama
2. Mean Ole Frisco
3. Blues Got Me Again
4. Bedside of a Neighbor
5. When It Rains It Pours
6. Lotsa Poppa - (previously unreleased)
7. Movin' and Groovin'
8. .38 Special
9. Mama Long Legs
10. Blues Overtook Me, The
11. My Road Lies in Darkness
12. If I Should Have Bad Luck
13. Make My Getaway
14. Newport News Blues - (previously unreleased)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5612
Charlie Musselwhite; Kevin Morrow; Patrick Ford
Jay Shilliday; Sam Lehmer; Bruce Kaphan
Personnel: Charlie Musselwhite (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Charlie Musselwhite; Clarence Fountain, Curtis Foster, Jimmy Carter , Will Shade, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bobby Butler (vocals); Michael "Junior" Watson, Mike Watson, Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones, Andrew Jones Jr (guitar); Lenny Pickett (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Lew Soloff (trumpet); Art Baron (trombone); Artis Joyce (bass guitar); Stephen Hodges, Steven Hodges (drums); Gene Taylor (piano); Tommy Hill (drums).
Additional personnel: The Blind Boys of Alabama.
Audio Mixers: Charlie Musselwhite; Jim Capfer; Jay Shilliday; Sam Fishkin; Samuel Lehmer; Bruce Iglauer.
Audio Remasterers: Dan Stout; Bruce Iglauer.
Liner Note Author: Bruce Iglauer.
Recording information: Editel, San Francisco, CA (1994); Music Annex, Menlo Park, CA (1994); Russian Hill Recording, San Francisco, CA (1994); Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY (1994); Studio D, Sausalito, CA (1994); The Record Plant, Sausalito, CA (1994).
Photographers: Caroline Scott; Chuck Winans; Peter Amft; David Horowitz; Dave Leucinger; Jerome Petit Jacques; John DeLeon; Henri Musselwhite; Robert Whitall; Dean Reynolds; Joseph A. Rosen.
Calling this retrospective by Charlie Musselwhite a "deluxe edition" may be a little misleading. Twelve of the album's 14 tracks come from three albums he recorded for Alligator in the early '90s. There are four each from Ace of Harps (1990), Signature (1991), and In My Time (1993). The sequencing is beautifully done and representative. The true curiosities are two unissued cuts. The first is "Lotsa Poppa," an outtake from the In My Time sessions. The cut itself isn't such a revelation, but Musselwhite's harp playing and singing is. His delivery is signature in that he is always slow and relaxed yet just underneath. There in the grain of his voice is something else, something that smolders. The final cut here is from Musselwhite's private collection of tapes and it was recorded at home in the early '60s. It features the legendary Will Shade instructing a very young Musselwhite on guitar and singing with him. It's ragged but moving and poetic. This is priceless archival blues history and is a fine bookend. Hopefully this will inspire the bluesman to find a venue to release more of his personal archives in the future. ~ Thom Jurek
Dirty Linen (p.83) - "A master harp player, he's nearly unequaled as a stylist....His contributions to the genre and his persistence in churning out album after enjoyable album make him a journeyman without match."
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