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Johnny Shines
Johnny Shines
Johnny Shines
Genres: Blues, Pop
 
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When his friend the legendary Delta bluesman Robert Johnson died, Johnny Shines decided to visit Africa to see if everything he had heard about it was true. He got sidetracked and ended up in Chicago where his musical care...  more »

      
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All Artists: Johnny Shines
Title: Johnny Shines
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hightone Records
Release Date: 6/18/1991
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Chicago Blues, Delta Blues, Traditional Blues, Electric Blues, Slide Guitar
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 012928802826

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When his friend the legendary Delta bluesman Robert Johnson died, Johnny Shines decided to visit Africa to see if everything he had heard about it was true. He got sidetracked and ended up in Chicago where his musical career languished for two decades until he was rediscovered in the '60s. This 1970 recording catches Shines at his best as he alternates between traditional Delta-styled acoustic blues numbers and hard-rocking Chicago-flavored tunes. The haunting "My Love Can't Hide," with its baritone sax moaning in background, provides but one highlight. --Percy Keegan

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The Greatly Underappreciated Johnny Shines
D. B Pepper | Plainview, NY United States | 08/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Johnny Shines is a greatly underappreciated musical artist. His recordings from the '60s and '70s contain a variety of musical styles. Though he seems most comfortable playing acoustic Delta Blues, this disc contains amazing songs with tons of soul, such as "Just A Little Tenderness" and "Just Call Me." "My Love Can't Hide" resembles Otis Rush's "My Love Will Never Die", but Shines manages to put ten times more emotion and stark vocalization into the song (despite Rush's recording being excellent). This disc is a great mix of acoustic Delta Blues, electrified Chicago tunes, and Shines' successful attempt at the then-popular Soul music. Out of Standing At The Crossroads, Too Wet To Plow, Worried Blues Ain't Bad, and this record, his singing is at its earth-shaking best on this record. I look forward to purchasing Traditional Delta Blues and Hey Ba-Ba-Re-Bop. The only drawback to this disc is the unimpressive presentation of the liner notes."