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Continental Drifter
Charlie Musselwhite
Continental Drifter
Genres: Blues, Pop
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Charlie Musselwhite's is the voice of experience. One can hear it on every note of Continental Drifter, where the relaxed feel of the experienced bluesman is evident in the main harmonica riff of "Little Star" and the smoo...  more »


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All Artists: Charlie Musselwhite
Title: Continental Drifter
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Virgin Records Us
Original Release Date: 4/20/1999
Release Date: 4/20/1999
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues, Harmonica Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724384713027

Charlie Musselwhite's is the voice of experience. One can hear it on every note of Continental Drifter, where the relaxed feel of the experienced bluesman is evident in the main harmonica riff of "Little Star" and the smooth, Delta-style guitar of "Blues Up the River." Several of the songs have a strong Cuban-Brazilian feel, and Musselwhite is joined on several of these by friend Eliades Ochoa and his band, Cuarteto Patria. Musselwhite's primarily known as a harmonica player, and it's easy to hear why on this album; whether he's spicing up the Cuban-blues mix of "Sabroso" or soloing over the jumpy rhythm of "Can't Stay Away from You," he's always bang on the note. --Genevieve Williams

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Beauty, soul and rhythm
Brett Lemke | 03/15/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I wish you could listen to the other songs on this album, they are my favorites. This is truly beautiful music, gets me dancing, too. I heard one song in the car, pulled into the nearest record store and have enjoyed it many times."
Traditional Blues Meet The Buena Vista Social Club
Kurt Harding | Boerne TX | 12/20/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Continental Drifter is an interesting album because it presents three discrete blues styles in sequence for the listener to consider and enjoy. Musselwhite has a long history with Chicago blues and with Delta blues, both of which are sampled here, but what makes the CD compelling is the marriage of the blues to traditional Cuban musical forms. Chan Chan sounds fresh from the Buena Vista Social Club.
I knew the Cuban songs already and really enjoyed Musselwhite singing English lyrics he wrote for them as the Cubans sang their lyrics in Spanish in response. The amusing part is that although Musselwhite's lyrics bear little relation to the original Spanish ones, it still works out very well.
The band's wailing rendition of No sets the album's tone, but the three Cuban songs along with the classic Lecuona instrumental composition Siboney are the highlights.
I give the CD only four stars because I find the last acoustical cuts to be dull after listening to the musically more robust songs that precede them. Despite that, I highly recommend Continental Drifter as a worthy addition to any blues collection."
Audio Masterpiece from "Memphis" Charlie and Cuarteto Patria
Brett Lemke | | 12/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Blues-harpist "Memphis" Charlie Musselwhite has consistently incorporated different styles into his already generous repertoire. Continental Drifter is a split session; consisting of "The Band Session" with his touring group, and "The Cuban Session" with internationally renowned musicians Eliades Ochoa and Cuarteto Patria. Recorded between Norway's Grieghallen Studios and Fantasy Studios in San Francisco, CA, the record was released on April 20, (Earth Day) in 1999. On the cuts with his touring group, he explores a few mellow shuffles that remind one of his Chicago days with Barry Goldberg and Harvey Mandel. Musselwhite's mellow tenor vocals have found solid comfort on wax in recent years, and his harp control has matured to unspeakable heights. "The Cuban Session" transports the listener back to a club in old Havana; Cuarteto Patria laying the groundwork for "Que Te Palece, Cholita", and radio hit "Chan Chan (Charlie's Blues)". As a special treat at the end of the album, Musselwhite gives a strikingly proficient Delta interpretation on the guitar. Continental Drifter's amalgamation of musical cultures is an important contribution to the Blues that will be felt for decades to come. All content copyright"