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Luther's Blues
Luther Allison
Luther's Blues
Genres: Blues, Pop
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The second of three Allison albums issued on Motown's Gordy subsidiary in the 1970s, Luther's Blues captures the guitarist's uncovered-wire sound in its full glory. The crescendo ending of "Let's Have a Little Talk," one o...  more »


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All Artists: Luther Allison
Title: Luther's Blues
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Motown
Original Release Date: 1/1/1974
Re-Release Date: 2/27/2001
Album Type: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 044001340925

The second of three Allison albums issued on Motown's Gordy subsidiary in the 1970s, Luther's Blues captures the guitarist's uncovered-wire sound in its full glory. The crescendo ending of "Let's Have a Little Talk," one of five Allison originals here, is more than another standard variation on crowd-pleasing clichés. It's an apocalyptic, blues-wailing roar, with Allison's pleading vocal at its core. Berry Gordy turns up in the composer credits for one tune, "Someday Pretty Baby," which, along with "Part Time Love," trawls the company's early raw-edged back catalog. Even the funk-flavored "K.T."--an attempted hit single?--fits the mood. The three bonus tracks on this exemplary remaster nearly double the original LP's length, with a raw version of Freddy King's "San-Ho-Zay" glowing alongside an alternate version of Allison's "Bloomington Closing" and a lengthy medley from the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues Festival. --Rickey Wright

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Wonderful, electric/electic 70's Chicago Blues
Edward M. Green | Ann Arbor, MI | 01/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The first couple of tracks display standard Luther Allison with his very distinct nervous, but soulful bending and vibrato. However, although this is first rate material this cd suprizes even a hardcore blues/jazz/funk fan with such songs as "You've Got It". This song is damn funky as well some other tracks on the orginal copy of this cd. Now the bonus tracks make the early parts of the cd seem like it was slowed down. The Freddy King cover and Bloomington Closing have so much out-of-control, on the edge energy that I kinda listen to these songs with my mouth wide open. It shows that Luther was foremost an excellent, over-the-top guitarist. Its almost like he caught the energy of someone like Hendrix and puts a very unique twist on it, more that SRV actually. And the final bonus track is live with the crowd not wanting him to stop playing. Funny how the first part of the jam sounds like the "One Way Out" by the Allman Brothers. If you like high energy, electric blues oyu should definately get is. If you play guitar, you better check out those instrumental bonus tracks."
Fantastic reissue
R. sigler | Dallas, TX USA | 03/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is great 70's blues! It's not overproduced, and it's got a great funky & soulful vibe throughout the entire record. An excellent place to start your modern blues collection & the cd has been remastered with bonus tracks - over 70 minutes!!!!"
Rick Shaq Goldstein | Danville, Ca, USA | 05/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a re-release, with 3 additional songs, adding an "ADDITIONAL THIRTY MINUTES OF UNADULTERATED BLUES! The total playing time is an almost unheard of "SEVENTY MINUTES"! Luther is one of "Shaq's, The King Of The World Blues Reviewer's" six favorite electric blues guitarist's of all-time, and he shows on this CD, why he is rated so highly! The CD starts of with a 6 minute 18 second rendition entitled "Luther's Blues". The unique sound of his guitar stringing, has almost a tinny, electric, reverberation, and when he whales that "his mother calls him Luther and his Father calls him son".. You're hearing a rear combination of instrument, voice, and blue soul! If you bought this CD in it's first manifestation, it's worth buying it again, with the extra 30 minutes of music, which includes a "19 MINUTE LONG", live medley performed at Ann Arbor. Luther also does a toe-tapping rendition of a Freddy King song, "San-"HO"-Zay". This is a start to finish classic blues CD. And Shaq, "The King Of The World Blues Reviewer" says any lover of electric blues, would be remiss not to have this in their collection! P.S. You will also be pleasantly surprised at some of the outstanding "harp" playing, by Luther himself. What are you waiting for Mr./Mrs. Blues Lover? Shaq says buy this now!"