Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
I Hear You Knockin'!
Genres: Blues, Rock, Classic Rock
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Eric | Chicago, IL | 04/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Years ago I bought a used Excello compilation CD. I'd previously heard some Lightning Hopkins tracks and I'd heard of Slim Harpo via the Stones' cover of "Hip Shake (Shake Yr. Hips)" and the NRBQ lyric from "Kentucky Slop Song": "Slim Harpo's over on the jukebox/Stop pouring orange juice down my socks." The compilation CD was a revelation. The coolest thing I'd heard since Run DMC's "Rock Box." And while I was thrilled to hear Slim Harpo, Lightning Hopkins, Jerry McCain and Lonesome Sundown, the real find, for me, was a singer/harp player named Lazy Lester. A friend of mine who is an experienced Chicago blues musician and promoter listened to "I Hear You Knockin'" with incredulity. He'd never heard such a unique sytle of singing. Like his blues rock music, Lazy Lester's singing is so...LAZY. It is sleepy, a little slow, thick, comfortable, unpretentious and very confident. Lazy Lester's music suggests that maybe relaxed assurance, not wild rebellion, lies at the heart of rock and roll."
Let Lester groove into your soul
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lazy Lester never really gets the recognition he deserves. His style is very interesting to say the least. At times the rhythm and tempo of his songs are very laid-back and, well, kind of lazy - similar in some ways to Jimmy Reed's, "Bright Lights Big City" or "Baby What You Want Me to Do." the rhythm of many of his songs is punctuated by hand clapping that almost gives the lazy feel a consistancy sort of like a slow train moving slowly, but steadily down the track. The song, "I Hear You Knockin'" is required listening for anyone who considers himself a blues fan. It really is unlike any other classic blues tune I've ever heard. I think the previous reviewer was right on the money. Lazy Lester's style is never, "In your face" per se, but he is definitely in control. There is a lot of substance to be found in his recordings and this 30 song collection demonstrates this very well. this is definitely one to add to your blues library."