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Carey Bell's Blues Harp
Carey Bell
Carey Bell's Blues Harp
Genres: Blues, Pop
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All Artists: Carey Bell
Title: Carey Bell's Blues Harp
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Delmark
Release Date: 7/18/1995
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues, Harmonica Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 038153062224

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Class AAA Blues
Eric T. Dean | Hamden, CT United States | 02/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a "can't miss" CD for any fan interested in Chicago Blues. Carey's wailing harp drives the music with such authority and authenticity, one is reminded of the best of Little Walter and Paul Butterfield. His vocals recall the ambience of "Chicago. The Blues. Today" from the '60s--which is to say, Carey never lost his way. This is the "real deal". Particularly rewarding and joyful are Carey's chromatic efforts, "Blue Monday", "Rocking with a Chromatic", and "Carey Bell's Blues Harp". This is the best thing since Little Walter, and Little Walter himself would have to stand back and admire this CD."
Carey Bell's Best
Sam Mosley | Toronto, Ontario | 03/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Though he has recorded many albums since this one, it remains my favorite Carey Bell album. It features two different sessions, one with Eddie Taylor on guitar, the other featuring Jimmy Dawkins and Pinetop Perkins. Every track smokes, most notably the instrumental "Sad Dreams", with its wonderful interplay between Bells harmonica and Dawkins guitar. There are three other instrumentals and they all sizzle with the band clicking perfectly. The versions of blues classics "I'm Ready" and "Last Night" are very fine as well, and most of the other songs are Bell originals that are played terrifically.
If you are new to Carey Bell, this is a fine place to start your collection. He has risen to the level of his heroes Little Walter and Walter Horton, and this disc proves that throughout."
Carey Bell - Simply a Great Bluesman
Curtiss Clarke | Calgary, Alberta Canada | 12/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Don't be mislead by any reviews that you might read about this CD in the printed guides for blues CD's. This is simply one fine set of recordings by a great bluesman. Carey Bell came along at a time during the late 60's when Blues was being threatened by an influx of mediocre rock and funk bands. This CD is direct, honest, raw, and blue. Bell is backed here by some of Chicago's finest - Jimmy Dawkins, Eddie Taylor, Pinetop Perkins, and Willie Williams; all of them 20 year-plus veterans by the time these recordings were cut (1969). Bob Koester's Delmark label has never released a bad recording and these sides are no exception.

Revel in Bell's version of "I'm Ready", "Rocking with a Chromatic", and "Blue Monday at Kansas City Red's". Carey Bell is an original with his own harp sound and a fine vocalist in the bluest of traditions. Catch Carey Bell live if you get the chance, then go home and play this CD and you will will understand the soul of a great bluesman.

If you enjoyed this CD, you will likely want to pick up Earl Hooker's "Two Bugs and a Roach" CD on Arhoolie records. Bell sings up a great "Love Ain't a Plaything" on that reissue and you won't be disappointed in the least by Earl Zebedee Hooker's incredible slide guitar on that same CD."