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Dirty Linen (2/04, p.72) - "[H]e has something to say and knows how to get your attention. So listen up."Living Blues (11/03, p.52) - - "...Otis Taylor melds poetic lyrics and hauntingly evocative music with rare artistic panache, making this a trip well worth taking..."0.591893

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Living Blues (p.37) - "The aural contexts he creates both complement and challenge the lyrics' imagery, creating hallucinatory dreamscapes in which the words grow, mutate, shape-shift, and acquire yet more new layers of meaning."Billboard (p.40) - "'Hands On Your Stomach' has a rolling rock'n'roll current, while the dark ebb and flow of `Rain So Hard' feels prescient of Nashville's recent tribulations."Paste (magazine) - "Otis Taylor is one of our most vital bluesmen, but his best stuff doesn't pack an immediate wallop so much as it sidles up and gets you tapping your foot."0.3945954

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Uncut (p.110) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Otis Taylor delivers 10 brooding original songs with powerful narratives and a startling trance-blues style."Down Beat (p.74) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Free spirit Taylor stays in the groove, giving fresh colors and textures to his inimitable trance-blues..."Dirty Linen (p.87) - "[H]is music ensnares the listener with its twists and turns....He draws on traditional blues form with a raw and almost prehistoric felling that cuts to the bone, with a trance sound that almost becomes pyschedelic."0.3945954

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Uncut (p.104) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fine celebration of the instruments roots in Africa and its assimilation into the fabric of American music."Down Beat (p.92) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "There may not be a better roots album released this year or decade than RECAPTURING THE BANJO."Dirty Linen (p.p.36) - "Taylor and his colleagues have again served up a living history lesson -- musical, cultural, political -- that's bound to expand the thinking of a lot of listeners."Dirty Linen (p.45) - "Otis Taylor and a host of notable contributors present a collection of largely blues-flavored, banjo-backed songs intended to entertain..."Mojo (Publisher) (p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Multi-instrumental bluesman Taylor continues to enthrall with roots music allied to an exploration of America's past race problems and social injustices.Harp (magazine) (p.94) - "'Hey Joe' of Hendrix/Byrds renown, is pierced by Taylor's nasty guitar licks, and his 'Absinthe' takes an ethereal turn via Hart's lap steel."0.2959465

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Down Beat (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's clear the bandleader is emotionally invested in what he sings, especially his words to `The Death of J.B. Lenoir' about the social-minded Chicago bluesman he had admired so much."Living Blues (p.67) - "For 1967's CRUSADE, Mick Taylor contributed a decidedly West Side Chicago, Buddy Guy/Otis Rush vibe on guitar."Record Collector (magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Driving Sideways' is Taylor's instrumental showcase and, like the rest of the album, it entertains effortlessly."0.3310745

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Down Beat (p.77) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's clear the bandleader is emotionally invested in what he sings, especially his words to `The Death of J.B. Lenoir' about the social-minded Chicago bluesman he had admired so much."Living Blues (p.67) - "For 1967's CRUSADE, Mick Taylor contributed a decidedly West Side Chicago, Buddy Guy/Otis Rush vibe on guitar."Record Collector (magazine) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Driving Sideways' is Taylor's instrumental showcase and, like the rest of the album, it entertains effortlessly."0.3310745

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Rolling Stone (p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE is a cinematic meditation on loss, both personal and environmental. A trio of wrenchingly intimate songs about a failed relationship anchor the album..."Spin (p.119) - "[A] piano-driven epic of doomed romanticism....[With] raw-throated, harmonically rich ballads..."The Wire (p.46) - "Wilson's solo project now bears flattering resemblance to other cherished winter of discontent discs from the mid-70s, of the order of Big Star's THIRD or Shuggie Otis's INSPIRATION INFORMATION."Q (Magazine) (p.116) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The music amounts to a compelling period piece....Listen hard, and you can hear the sound of life lived so near the existential edge that it beggars belief."Mojo (Publisher) (3/01/04, p.55) - Included in Mojo's The 67 Lost Albums You Must Own! - "How can music this expansive, ambitious and affecting have slipped through the cracks?"Blender (Magazine) (p.79) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] moody, groovy and deeply congenial album. Dennis had his brother Brian's gift for melody..."Paste (magazine) (p.79) - "Full of lush harmonies, grandiose orchestrations and poignant lyrics, these songs have lost none of their innocent melancholy over the last three decades."0.1871407

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Entertainment Weekly (12/1/00, p.98) - "...A well-picked assortment....No soul-music fan should deny himself this..." - Rating: B+Living Blues (1-2/01, p.83) - "...An overview of the Memphis label's hitmaking activities from beginning to end..."Mojo (Publisher) (12/00, p.96) - "...Sublime soul music....as familiar as favorite old shoes, and as funky..."0.1478442

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Spin (p.91) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] fine introduction to Southern soul's greatest label, form its '60s R&B heyday to its '70s funk science.Down Beat (p.76) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "50 songs that belong to one of the most prized vaults in the history of popular music."Dirty Linen (p.63) - "This spectacular set manages to cram 50 amazing tracks onto two CDs. Everything you could possibly want is here..."Living Blues (p.64) - "[A] good introduction to the vibrant southern soul sounds associated with Stax."No Depression (p.74) - "The remastered sound is superb; one marvels at the clarity of Al Jackson's drums in 1969's 'Time Is Tight'."0.1409205

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Down Beat (8/97, p.60) - 3 stars (out of 5) - "...mainstays Wolf, Waters, Williamson and Walter put over likable performances..."0.128025

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Q (6/00, p.119) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Kent Records are renowned for fine compilations of classic obscure soul and R&B sides, and this is no exception....A late-night extravaganza."Mojo (Publisher) (9/00, p.114) - "...Downright essential..."0.1066875

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