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Against the Wall
John Mooney
Against the Wall
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: John Mooney
Title: Against the Wall
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ruf
Release Date: 4/7/1998
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 751416138923

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One of the greatest blues CDs of the last 25 years
Steven J. Hoffman | Takoma Park, MD USA | 05/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been listening to and collecting blues recordings since c. 1970 and I believe that this album is without question one of a handful of truly GREAT blues albums recorded in the modern era. Mooney's distinctive style -- a blend of intense, sharp-edged Delta blues with the syncopated second-line rhythms of New Orleans -- is at its apex on this release. And the minimalist backing (just bass & drums on most cuts) lets Mooney's guitar and vocals exert their powerful spell on you. The songs cut to the bone. This is one of those albums of which it can truly be said, "If you don't like it, then buddy you just don't like blues.""
A true blues artist - creative & innovative
James R. Goble | Peoria, IL USA | 02/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"John Mooney has been recording, innovating and evolving his unique style of acoustic and electric blues for 20 years. Never satisfied with simple imatation, he always creates. This album is no exception.John has developed and mastered an electric delta rooted guitar style then blended it with New Orleans syncopated rhythms to create a brew that is simultaneously soulfull and energizing.There is little innovation in blues today that is keeping its heart and soul. John Mooney is an exception. He penned 9 of the 10 songs on this record an not one of them is a mere aping of some one else's style - yet they convey all of the human spirit and emotion of the masters before him.John is an artist with both talent and creativity!"
Favorite Mooney album
Vincent Tseng | USA | 02/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First a declaration of bias - I am a big John Mooney fan - all the way back to when I first heard his "Late Last Night" album in the 80's.

Of all his albums this remains my favorite (others are "Dealing with the Devil", and of course the one that started it all "Late Last Night")

This first came out on the House of Blues label (that edition may have become something of a collectible) - fortunately it is still available albeit sparsely on the (German) Ruf label.

Although Mooney has a had a long been influenced by New Orleans sound, this is the first album where I think he's managed the full integration/amalgamation between his original major Son House Delta Blues influence and New Orleans.

The sound on this album is full - yet mostly it's just him and a drummer (some tracks add bass and/or congas) - the minimal additional instrumentation enhances the overall sound - yet manages to put focus on the vocal and guitar playing. "Broken Mold" has a great New Orleans second-line rhythm that really makes the song over his live solo performances - great as those are.

The strength of this album is the selection of songs, there's not a weak one among them, and their sequencing - where each song in turn seems just right, and makes the listening an exhilerating pleasure from start to finish.

A very worthwhile album - if you like John Mooney - you should have this album -
and at some of the prices on Amazon MarketPlace there is almost no excuse......"