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Duke Robillard Plays Blues: The Rounder Years

  • 1. Down by the Delta
    2. You Got Me
    3. If This Is Love
    4. Judgement Day
    5. High Cost of Loving, The
    6. She Made My Mind
    7. You're the One I Adore
    8. Don't Come Back
    9. Anything It Takes
    10. Duke's Mood
    11. Just a Human
    12. Let Me Love You
    13. Just Kiss Me
    14. I Think You Know
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDBB 9598

  • Credits

    Personnel: Duke Robillard (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, 6- string bass); Susann Forrest (vocals); Thomas Enright (guitar, bass, background vocals); Jimmie Vaughan (guitar); Dr. John, Ron Levy (piano, organ); Scott Billington (piano, percussion); Malcolm Walsh (organ); Scott Apelrouth (upright & electric basses); Tom DeQuattro, Doug Hinman (drums).
    Producers: Duke Robillard, John Paul Gauthier, Scott Billington.
    Engineers: John Paul Gauthier, Rob Feaster, Walter Turbitt.
    Personnel: Duke Robillard (vocals, guitar, guitar synthesizer, 6-string bass); Susann Forrest (vocals); Thomas Enright (guitar, background vocals); Jimmie Vaughan (guitar); Scott Appelrouth (electric guitar, upright bass); Dr. John, Mac Rebennack, Ron Levy (piano, organ); Scott Billington (piano, percussion); Malcolm Walsh (organ); Doug Hinman , Tom DeQuattro (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Gregg Lunsford; Rob Feaster; Walter Turbitt; Nick Stevens.
    Recording information: Arlyn Studio, Austin, TX (03/1983-04/1990); Blue Jay Recording Studio, Carlisle, MA (03/1983-04/1990); Lakewest Recording Stu (03/1983-04/1990); Newbury Sound, Boston, MA (03/1983-04/1990).
    Editor: Dr. Toby Mountain.
    Photographer: Jean Hangarter.
    Arranger: Duke Robillard.
    The title is bound to confuse (and possibly annoy) some blues purists. Except for a handful of straight blues numbers -- including one of the most heartfelt T-Bone Walker tributes ever in "Duke's Mood" -- Duke Robillard Plays Blues: The Rounder Years is mostly a rock-oriented anthology drawn from the post-Roomful of Blues but pre-Fabulous Thunderbirds stage of Robillard's career. No bonus tracks or previously unissued takes -- just reissued material culled from four albums released on Rounder between 1983 and 1991. (Note that Robillard's "Rounder Years" also produced some fantastic swing music, but you won't find any of it here since it's been allocated to the sister compilation Duke Robillard Plays Jazz: The Rounder Years.) The '80s were an interesting decade for Robillard, as he took on a more stripped-down, roots rock (but still bluesy) approach with his trio, the Pleasure Kings, and then headed into that contemporary blues-rock zone often associated with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan. For Robillard, it wasn't always an ideal fit, but he obviously had fun doing it; you can sense his playful swagger on power-chord rockers such as "You Got Me" and "If This Is Love." Still, it's the "simpler" blues format that seems to really unleash the fire in Robillard's guitar playing, the best example being the marathon 12-bar shuffle "I Think You Know" (which also happens to be the first blues tune Robillard ever wrote). Overall, Plays Blues: The Rounder Years isn't a bad start, but if you're after the real thing, check out Duke's Blues, which Robillard specifically recorded as a tribute to his blues heroes. ~ Ken Chang

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