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Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Thomas D. (RockerBoomer) from SOUTHAMPTON, NY
Reviewed on 11/20/2010...
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1.) Muddy Water Blues acoustic (Buddy Guy) - Buddy Guy fans might be a bit disappointed due to Buddy's low key approach. Known for his manic and dynamic playing, this mostly acoustic tune is just lightly adorned with Guy's very bare-boned electric tone. There's no mistaking that scattered phrasing of his, but as you're waiting for things to take off, the song ends.
2.) Louisiana Blues (Trevor Rabin) - This is full on rock with Rabin's heavily processed sound and finger taps making it quite clear that this is NOT going to be a blues album.
3.) I Can't Be Satisfied (Brian Setzer) - Great rockabilly style intro (and outro) as only Brian can deliver. The solo is full of his trademark Gretsch bar dips and slippery single note lines.
4.) Rollin' Stone (Jeff Beck) - Rodger's impassioned voice mixing with Jeff's unbelievable guitar playing is just a jaw dropping delight. It leaves you wondering "how the heck did he do that??".
5.) Good Morning Little School Girl Part I (Jeff Beck) - After these sessions Beck remarked how much it reminded him of his Truth days with Rod Stewart. I can definitely see why Jeff wanted to do the whole album! His enthusiasm jumps from your speakers.
6.) I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Steve Miller) - My apologies to Steve Miller fans out there, but this cut is rather luke warm. Jimmie Woods' harmonica seems more featured than Steve's playing.
7.) She's Alright (Trevor Rabin) - Another rocker very much in the same vein as Rabin's last cut. Certainly energetic and enthusiastic.
8.) Standing Around Crying (David Gilmour) - Scorching slow blues by the man in Pink. A stratocaster with a nice touch of gain and some delay makes for a raw and nasty tone. Squealing bends, singing vibrato, subtle feedback.... no one makes a guitar cry like David Gilmour.
9.) The Hunter (Slash) - This is a great rocking vehicle for Slash's down-n-dirty guitar style. He and Rodgers were clearly having a blast.
10.) She Moves Me (Gary Moore) - There isn't a Les Paul tone on earth like Gary Moore's. I swear that guitar was made just for him.
11.) I'm Ready (Brian May) - A bouncy tune that features some of Brian's wall-of-guitars sound as well as Jimmie Woods' harmonica. Unfortunately just a mediocre cut.
12.) I Just Want To Make Love To You (Jeff Beck) - Holy Bajeezus this guy has tone. This is the heaviest version of this tune I've ever heard. No other even comes close.
13.) Born Under A Bad Sign (Neal Schon) - Another heavily processed guitar sound that fits this updated version well. Schon chops his way through the solo nicely.
14.)Good Morning Little School Girl Part II (Richie Sambora) - He may not be Jeff Beck but he can rock. Great tone and a great energetic reading of this tune.
15.) Muddy Water Blues electric (Neal Schon) - Basically the opening song extended with Schon soloing this time.
If you're considering this CD, it's important to understand what kind of tribute album this is. I think Paul's intent was to show Muddy's influence by featuring his music in more contemporary settings. Rockers and guitar geeks (such as myself) will love this, while blues purists will cut their own throats with the disk. This is a fun album and should be taken in that spirit.
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A Must-have for Paul Rodgers enthusiasts!
R. Woods | detroit mi | 04/30/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Whether you're a fan of Free and or Bad Company; or have just recently discovered the talent of Paul Rodgers through his work with Queen, pick up this cd if you want to take your appreciation of the Voice to an entirely new level. Other reviewers have given great mention of the excellent guitar work on this tribute album; I will leave that to those who know what they're talking about. I just know what I like to listen to, and this is a fantastic showcase of Paul's voice and a chance to hear him put his heart and soul into music he so obviously loves. From the soulful acoustic version of Muddy Water Blues to the gut-wrenching vocal display of I Just Want to Make Love to You, Paul's voice will leave you satisfied."