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Shake 'Em on Down [Tomato]


  • 1. Shake 'Em on Down
    2. I'm Crazy About You Baby
    3. John Henry
    4. You Got to Move
    5. Someday
    6. Mercy
    7. Lovin' Blues, The
    8. White Lightnin'
    9. Baby Please Don't Go
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2066

  • Credits
    Producer
    EngineerFred Seibert

    Personnel: Mississippi Fred McDowell (vocals, electric slide guitar); Tom Pomposello (guitar, electric bass).
    Producers: Fred Seibert, Tom Pomposello, Richard Pennington.
    Recorded live at The Gaslight, New York, New York on November 5, 1971. Includes liner notes by Tom Pomposello.
    Personnel: Mississippi Fred McDowell (vocals, electric guitar, bottleneck guitar); Tom Pomposello (guitar, bass guitar).
    Liner Note Author: Tom Pomposello.
    Recording information: The Gaslight, McDougal Street, New York, NY (11/05/1971); The Gaslight, New York, NY (11/05/1971).
    Illustrator: Milton Glaser.
    Photographer: David Gahr.
    Mississippi Fred McDowell was one of the links between the blues' past (specifically: Blind Willie Johnson, Robert Johnson, and Son House) and the 1960s blues revival, where the music got a whole new young, white audience. Whereas some blues players attempted to modernize their style, McDowell's approach remained firmly rooted in the spacious, slide guitar-driven Delta (or country) blues.
    SHAKE 'EM ON DOWN captures McDowell live and in fine form in New York City in 1971. His voice is hearty, yet high-pitched and eerie, and his slide playing is terse, razor-sharp, and ominous. This reissue contains a respectable mix of classic McDowell tunes including "You Got To Move," covered by the Rolling Stones, and blues standards like "John Henry" and Big Joe Williams's "Baby Please Don't Go."

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