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Great Guitars
Joe Louis Walker
Great Guitars
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B
 
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By his late 40s, guitarist Joe Louis Walker was too young to be a living legend, too old to be a hot-shot blues prodigy, and too tasteful to squander his music on attention-grabbing gimmicks. Walker tried to bust out of th...  more »

      
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All Artists: Joe Louis Walker
Title: Great Guitars
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 4/8/1997
Release Date: 4/8/1997
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Regional Blues, Texas Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731453714120

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By his late 40s, guitarist Joe Louis Walker was too young to be a living legend, too old to be a hot-shot blues prodigy, and too tasteful to squander his music on attention-grabbing gimmicks. Walker tried to bust out of this box by devoting his 1997 album, Great Guitars, to collaborations with his blues guitar heroes. This, too, could have turned into a backfiring gimmick, but Walker maintains firm control of the recording sessions by writing or cowriting 10 of the 11 songs, by co-producing them all, and by making sure his big, gospel-trained tenor dominates every vocal. In other words, the songs are not adjusted for the sake of the guests; the guests are asked to adjust for the sake of the songs. Bonnie Raitt echoes Walker's tasty slide guitar from the intro to "Low Down Dirty Blues;" Ike Turner plays herky-jerky funk phrases against Walker's fluid lead on "First Degree;" Taj Mahal and Walker tackle the original blues hymn, "In God's Hands," as an acoustic duo. On Buddy Guy's old hit, "Every Girl I See," Guy himself updates his guitar solo but allows Walker to handle the lead vocal; Matt Murphy, who cowrote that song with Willie Dixon, trades guitar solos with Walker on "Nighttime." Steve Cropper from Booker T and the MG's co-produced 10 of the 11 tracks and joins Walker, Scotty Moore, Little Charlie Baty, and Gatemouth Brown for a parade of guitar solos on "Mile-Hi Club." In this case, the title Great Guitars is no hyperbole. --Geoffrey Himes

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Great Guitars + great names = Nothing New
08/30/1998
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Joe Louis Walker should be in the ranks of the world's greatest blues artists but unfortunately, he is not. Although he recently appeared in BB King's Deuces Wild album and even appeared on some of his shows, Walker never really came one of the "Blues Elites". Here in "Great Guitars" he tried moving up a few rungs of the blues ladder by having some "named" guests to appear. Such guests include Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Steve Cropper, Otis Grand, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Taj Mahal, Robert Lockwood Jr., Ike Turner, Bonnie Raite and a few more others. The result of this album is not what one would expect from a blues collaberation of some of the industry's most hotshot performers. There are some guitar interplay parts but but not great enough, as the album's title suggests, to be archived in the world's book of guitar jams. There are also some shared vocal parts but essentially they are "you sing one verse and I sing the next" arrangements. Overall it is quite a pleasant album in a typical Joe Louis Walker vein but only with guests of some renown to take the place of session players. If you are looking for an album of truely great guitars where each player steps into the limelight to show their ware, try listening to "Showdown" by Albert Collins, Robert Cray and the late Johnny Copeland."
Great stuff
02/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I don't disgree with the last review- I was a bit disappointed because the album didn't quite meet the expectations generated by the title. I expected more jamming and stretching out from the players. However, this is a great album irrespective of the title- good songs, great playing..... worthy of four stars in my opinion."