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Shadow of the Blues
Little Charlie & The Nightcats
Shadow of the Blues
Genres: Blues, Pop
 
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When it comes to jump blues, few contemporary outfits can match Little Charlie & the Nightcats. This is their eighth album for Alligator, with more of the lean, sparsely arranged, mostly original tunes that are the band's ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Little Charlie & The Nightcats
Title: Shadow of the Blues
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Alligator Records
Original Release Date: 10/13/1998
Release Date: 10/13/1998
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 014551486220

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When it comes to jump blues, few contemporary outfits can match Little Charlie & the Nightcats. This is their eighth album for Alligator, with more of the lean, sparsely arranged, mostly original tunes that are the band's stock in trade. Lead singer/harpman Rick Estrin, who wrote most of the material, produces songs laced with wry wit. On top of that, he is one of the best blues harp players around. Estrin plays flawless chromatic and he can do Sonny Boy Williamson- style harmonica almost as well as the master himself. Guitarist Little Charlie Baty manages to blend the best of T Bone Walker and Charlie Christian with hot, modern-style phrasing. Choice selections include the title cut, the tongue-in-cheek "Big and Fat," and Charlie's tour de force, "Percolatin'." --Lars Gandil

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Blues done up right!
oklahomabluesman | Lawton, OK USA | 06/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have and like all of Little Charlie's recordings that I could find. This one is for sure my favorite. Charlie is never at a loss for places to go on the guitar neck. He weaves many styles together and does it well.He has a great sound for this type of music.Rick Estrin is a great blues singer and maybe a better harmonica player. The lyrics are always clever and usually tongue and cheek. "She pulled the rug off the floor, all the furniture's gone", from "When Your Women is Gone",is just an example of the clever way they tell the blues standard story of having your women leave you."Big and Fat" and "Dirty Dealin' Mama" are just two of my other favorites. Although, I think all the tunes here will please. Now if we could just get them to do a show in Oklahoma!"
LITTLE CHARLIE PLAYS ONE BIG GUITAR
Thomas D. Christianson | Ashland, WI United States | 07/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Little Charlie Baty just doesn't seem to get the credit he has earned for his guitar playing skills. Often overshadowed by Rick Estrin's fine song writing, vocals, and master harmonica playing, he comes out strong and smokin' on this one, answering any questions about his right to be called one of the all time masters of his trade. Of course Estrin is wonderful,as always, with great lyrics, smooth delivery of the vocals, and outstanding harmonica playing. He even plays a bit of guitar himself on this one. These guys never release a bad c.d., and this one may well be their best to date. Great jump blues, Chicago blues,and roots rock. Every new release is a new party in the making.
Thanks, and enjoy.
Tom"
They Never Disappoint
Chris Winter | Littleton, Colorado United States | 06/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A fantastic release from the modern masters of jump blues! I, like the other reviewers, am quite pleased with this CD. I agree with everything else that has been written about it, but I would like to mention a couple of high points for me. My two favorite tunes are New Old Lady, and Big And Fat. Is it just me, or is Big And Fat a tribute to Muddy's "I'm Ready"? Who knows? I love the lyrics on New Old Lady: "I got a new old lady, so doggone good to me....makes my old, old lady nothin' but ancient history." Also, on Big And Fat, at the end when it is starting to fade out, Rick says "wall to wall". That is just so cool! I love these guys. If Little Charlie or Rick Estrin or Ronnie or June, ever read this: Thanks for all the great music you have given the world. My life is better because of what you are doing!"