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Soul Fixin Man
Genres: Blues, Pop
Luther Allison returned to prominence with Soul Fixin' Man in 1994, his first album recorded on American soil in 18 years and a fine example of the proto-blues-rock sound he helped invent along with Freddie King and Magic ... more »
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Luther Allison returned to prominence with Soul Fixin' Man in 1994, his first album recorded on American soil in 18 years and a fine example of the proto-blues-rock sound he helped invent along with Freddie King and Magic Sam. Cut in Memphis with producer Jim Gaines (Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughan), the recording has a sumptuous sound fattened by Ernest Williamson's B-3 organ, James Solberg's chunky rhythm guitar, and the Memphis Horns. Riding above these thickened grooves are Allison's gruff, strong tenor and his melodic guitar lines. Allison wrote or cowrote eight of the dozen songs. Some of them, like the catchy "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is," recall his soul-blues fusion albums for Motown in the early-'70s, but the best numbers, like the autobiographical title track, are blues in the tradition of the Kings--B.B. and Freddie. --Geoffrey Himes
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Charles W. (Chasbo) from PALO ALTO, CA
Reviewed on 10/28/2009...
I got this album because of a good review elsewhere. It turns out that it is a kind of heavy electric blues that isn't my favorite. I found it didn't move me emotionally at all although there is no problem with the musical technique or recording. If you like this style already, probably worth getting. If not, this is not likely to be the first disc to get to learn to like the style.
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Ricardo Neves Gonzalez | Petrópolis-R.J. Brazilfirstname.lastname@example.org | 02/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Is with great pleasure and emotion that i'm writing now the first review of this perfectly album of Luther Allison,the first released after 18 long years outside his home.And the return was marvellous,full of intensity,love and soul passion in all of the tracks. it's hard to believe that Allison is not yet with us! What great Loss! All of the things on this cd,are good,from the cover press,to the musics! Really one of the guitar heroes of Chicago Blues! This is to be buyed,played,and stocked at a special place of all bluesfans collections! GREAT !"
Not His Best But Solid
Steven Sly | Kalamazoo, MI United States | 01/25/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A little story behind this one.........My wife, and I were spending a weekend in Chicago back in the mid - 90's. We decided we wanted to go to a blues bar, so we had the cabbie take us to Buddy Guy's Legends bar. We got to the door and the doorman said it was a $15 cover charge to get in. We thought that was a bit much and were debating about whether to go in or just move on to somewhere else. Finally the doorman said "I tell you what.....Luther Allison is playing here tonight. If you come on in and don't think he is worth $15 I will give you your money back." We had never heard of Luther Allison, but thought what the hell and took him up on his offer. We went inside and got totally blown away by Luther. To this day I consider him one of the best blues guitarists I have ever seen. At the end of the show I purchased this album from him that he was selling at the side of the stage. Luther's studio albums are good, but they never really captured just how good this guy was live. This album is straight Chicago style guitar blues, with a bit of 70's style funk and soul thrown in for good measure. Highlights include "Bad Love", "Middle Of The Road", and "Soul Fixin Man". Overall it is a strong blues album, but not his best."