My introduction to this album was when I saw these musicians playing it live at the Union Chapel two or three years back, Pinetop Perkins was 91 at the time and played like a young man.
The rest of the Band comprised Bob Margolin, Hubert Sumlin, Carey Bell, Tom "Mookie" Brill and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith.
Many of these tracks need no introduction to die hard blues fans, they have been covered by artists such as Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Johnny Winter, Ike and Tina Turner, Free , Buddy Guy, B.B.King and Eric Clapton, the others were penned by the members of the band, whether old or new they are songs played by an excellent band the Tracks on the album are:
1. Brutal Hearted Woman by Johnny Shines.
2. Sweet (Little) Black Angel by Robert Nighthawk.
3. One Day Your Gonna Get Lucky by Carey Bell Harrington the
4. I'll Take Care Of You by Brook Benton.
5. Juke by Little Walter.
7. Mean Old Chicago by Bob Margolin Lead Guitar and Vocals.
8. Always On My Mind by Wille Smith the drummer.
9. Easy To Love You by Carey Bell Harrington.
10. Last Time by Jimmy Rogers.
11. Maybe The Hippies Were Right by Bob Margolin.
12. Country Boy by McKinley Morganfield.
13. Crazy 'Bout You Baby by Bob Margolin
14. My New Baby Owns A Whiskey Store by Thomas
Brill the bass player.
15. Goin' Down Slow by James Oden.
16. Just A Closer Walk With Thee. (Trad).
Bob Margolin gave us a bit of history before the band played each song at the concert on this last song Pinetop is playing piano.
Apparently Pinetop is religious, so declines to play blues on a Sunday, He was invited to the recordings on a Sunday to hang out with the rest of the musicans, while they recorded parts of the album.
Pinetop was scheduled to record his songs the next day.
He sat down at the piano and played "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" a gospel song, as it was a Sunday.
Bob states that he has known Pinetop for thirty years and has never heard him play anything but the Blues. He asked Pinetop to sing and play it on the album, but Pinetop only knew the piano part, as his mother did the singing.
A nice end to a fine Blues Album.
Bob Margolin gives a few lines about the song or history of it after every track in the sleeve notes
The album is the same as they were live.
Bob Margolin came out to his audience in the interval and even signed the cd I bought.
We also sat next to the drummer in the pub across the road before the concert.
This is an excellent album, buy this if Blues is your thing, some of these musicians have played in Muddy Waters Band. Pinetop Perkins for twelve years.
How's that for a recommendation for an album?
Thanks for reading.
© dvdsprks2 2008
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Brutal-Hearted Woman
2 Sweet (Little) Black Angel
3 One Day You're Gonna Get Lucky
4 I'll Take Care Of You
6 Mean Old Chicago
7 Always On My Mind
8 Easy To Love You
9 Last Time
10 Maybe The Hippies Were Right
11 Country Boy
12 Crazy 'Bout You Baby
13 My New Baby Owns A Whiskey Store
14 Goin' Down Slow
15 Just A Closer Walk With Thee