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Showdown
Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland
Showdown
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
 
Call it three for the price of one. Far from engaging in a guitar-playing shootout, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland work together incredibly well, achieving a kind of musical synergy that's rarely heard. C...  more »

      
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All Artists: Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Johnny Copeland
Title: Showdown
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Alligator Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock
Styles: Chicago Blues, Contemporary Blues, Regional Blues, Texas Blues, Electric Blues, Modern Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 014551474326, 014551474319, 014551474326

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Call it three for the price of one. Far from engaging in a guitar-playing shootout, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland work together incredibly well, achieving a kind of musical synergy that's rarely heard. Copeland and Cray handle most of the vocal duties, and Cray's smooth, soul-tinged voice (positively shiver-eliciting on "The Dream," as is Collins's lead guitar work) complements Copeland's growl perfectly. Collins doesn't get to sing as much, but he more than makes up for it with his harmonica on the slow blues "Bring Your Fine Self Home." And of course, all three turn in stellar guitar work, trading solos and rhythm parts with the greatest of ease; Cray was a relative newcomer at the time of this recording, but he more than holds his own. One would be hard pressed to find a better blues collaboration anywhere. --Genevieve Williams

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cordell jeffries | webster groves, mo | 01/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For casual blues fans who feel a little of this style of music goes a long way, this grammy winner is definitely worth your money. In fact, this is probably one of 10 cds that anyone remotely interested in the blues should have. It's a great example of modern-era blues. Production quality is high. C C & C definitely bring their A-game. It has enough grit to feel real without all the bad phonics associated with older artists; on the other hand, it's not polished, slick and soul-less, the way so much modern-era, dare i say, formulaic blues tracks can sound (especially to us casual blues fans)."
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J. Finkler | Hughesville, PA United States | 06/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I cut out and kept a magazine review of Showdown! for about 6 years before I finally picked it up. To (loosely) quote the reviewer, "Whoever got these three guys together in the same studio, at the same time, deserves a goddam medal."
Right on."
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Terence Allen | Atlanta, GA USA | 04/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Showdown is one of the top two or three blues guitar collaborations of all time. Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, and Robert Cray, all on one record? Unbelievable. But that's what happened, and the result was magic.

All three get a chance to show their chops, and all three were on top of their blues guitar game recording this record. The energy, skill, and unbridled joy at performing with talented musicians always brings the best out from other talented musicians. Every cut is excellent.

It's a shame that Showdown could have been repeated more often than twice. Both Collins and Copeland are gone, leaving Cray to find other blues greats to jam with, but we will always have Showdown to remember when."