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Chicago Slide Guitar Masters

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Genre: Blues / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 2005-03-07 at Saga

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      25.10.2010 21:31
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      An awesome compilation

      This is a compilation album of so called slide guitar masters, all of them being pioneers in the style of playing, the majority of them from the Delta area who had travelled up to Chicago. There's a nice mix of artists with different styles including a track each by the McCoy brothers, Kokomo Arnold's trademark track "Old Original Kokomo Blues", Bill Casey Weldon lets loose his Hawaiian guitar sound and rather odd voice on "Spider Blues".

      A few artists that were totally new to me were Tennessee born Saint Louis Jimmy,Homesick James and Johnny Shines, "Homesick" is one of the best songs on the album whilst Saint Louis Jimmy's "Florida Hurricane" is pretty good too. The only female artist on the album is pianist and singer Alice Moore whose sassy track Dark Angel isn't overly different when it comes to subject matter from chart toppers today. The difference being she has an awesome voice and a mean band supporting her.

      Of course you will also find more well known later Chicago based blues artists like Tampa Red, Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker, James Elmore and Big Joe Turner, some of their best tracks are on this album.

      This album is a great one to have hanging around the house and also suits shops and the like as an album to play because it has a couple of tracks (in most cases) from several different artists that play blues in different styles - jazzy, raw, raunchy and clean. You may find yourself liking some artists more than other and it's a great way to discover some blues artists that may have previously been unknown to you.


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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Through Train Blues - Tampa Red
    2 Motherless And Fatherless Blues - McCoy, Charlie
    3 Old Original Kokomo Blues - Arnold, Kokomo
    4 Please Baby - McCoy, Joe
    5 Taking Off - Dunn, Bob Vagabonds
    6 Long Eared Mule - Weldon, Casey Bill
    7 Dark Angel - Moore, Alice
    8 Keep On Trying - Tampa Kid
    9 Crying Blues - Arnold, Kokomo
    10 Spider Blues - Weldon, Casey Bill
    11 Peach Tree Blues - Duncan, Eddie
    12 Little Boy Blue - Lockwood, Robert Jr.
    13 Florida Hurricane - Saint Louis Jimmy
    14 So Nice And Kind - Saint Louis Jimmy
    15 Long Distance Call - Waters, Muddy
    16 Love Her With A Feeling - Tampa Red
    17 Sweet Angel - Hooker, Earl
    18 Green And Lucky Blues - Tampa Red
    19 Ramblin' - Shines, Johnny
    20 Moon Is Rising - Nighthawk, Robert
    21 Homesick - Homesick James (1)
    22 I Can't Stop Lovin' You - James, Elmore
    23 TV Mama - Turner, 'Big' Joe (1)
    24 Hawaiian Boogie - James, Elmore

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