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|Eddie C Campbell|
That's When I Know
The Chicago blues scene was so fertile in the '50s and '60s that some major talents got lost in the shuffle. One of those neglected giants is Eddie C. Campbell. Campbell incorporates the Memphis R&B shuffle rhythm into the... more »
The Chicago blues scene was so fertile in the '50s and '60s that some major talents got lost in the shuffle. One of those neglected giants is Eddie C. Campbell. Campbell incorporates the Memphis R&B shuffle rhythm into the Chicago blues format, but his minimalist arrangements are so unusual that he remains utterly distinctive. His band plays with rare restraint, suggesting grooves and harmonies rather than spelling everything out. Against this backdrop, Campbell's high-pitched, single-note guitar lines, filled with restless melody and punctuated by clever pauses, stand out in bold relief. This highly controlled fretwork functions as a duet partner with Campbell's rich baritone. His vocals, a savvy mix of gospel warmth and blues attitude, calmly describe his troubles and lucky breaks, and then his guitar illustrates just how he feels about them. Campbell claims to have written all 11 numbers on "That's When I Know," though "Hey, the Blues Is All Right" is very close to Little Milton's similarly titled standard, and others seem familiar. The hook-laden, gospel-flavored title tune, the autobiographical "Son of Sons," and the horn-pushed shuffle "Sleep" are delightfully original compositions, however, and Campbell's never-waste-a-note approach to his vocals and his guitar make every track special. --Geoffrey Himes
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A ONE OF A KIND BLUESMAN
Patrick Earley | Edmond, Oklahoma USA | 02/03/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of all the old school bluesman, Eddie Campbell is my favorite, hands down. He's got such a simple, yet unique blues sound. Young blues rockers take note: it doesn't take a lot of chord changes and fast notes to create a good blues groove. Campbell can say more with just a couple chords and a voice that he uses as his main weapon. With that silky smooth voice he can hit the high notes one minute, and the lows the next. A great example of this is in the song "Busted", where he sings about the woman who still loves him even though he's flat broke. A lot of emotion is displayed in this song. Outside of Muddy Waters, who this bluesman got his start with at the age of 12, I can't think of anybody who's more believable in getting a story across to the listener than Campbell. And at the same time giving you some very infectious grooves that's stay with you long after you hear it. This man's timing and delivery is perfect on every great song on this album. If you buy any of Campbell's cd's, start here first. I think this remains his best album. And it deserves a hard listen. Highly recommended."
Great voice, great guitar
Allan MacKinnon | Mechanicsburg, PA United States | 02/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Eddie C. Campbell has a great voice - lots of inflection - especially in the song "Busted". There are some great guitar riffs that carry through some of the songs. This is a great CD, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for old-fashioned rough guitar blues."
Barb | 05/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Amazon might be offering this title on CD-R now, but please check the other offers. Other sellers are offering the original studio CD."