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Guitar Wizard
Tampa Red
Guitar Wizard
Genres: Blues, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (17) - Disc #1

Hudson Whittaker polished up the bottleneck-guitar style of the Delta, bringing it with him to Chicago's burgeoning 1930s blues scene. He coaxed wonderfully smooth and melodic sounds from his National steel guitar, favorin...  more »

      
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All Artists: Tampa Red
Title: Guitar Wizard
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 5/10/1994
Release Date: 5/10/1994
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Chicago Blues, Traditional Blues, Acoustic Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 074645323527, 074645323541, 5099747570223

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Hudson Whittaker polished up the bottleneck-guitar style of the Delta, bringing it with him to Chicago's burgeoning 1930s blues scene. He coaxed wonderfully smooth and melodic sounds from his National steel guitar, favoring emotive phrases over raw power. These 17 tracks stretch from 1928 to 1934 and include a mix of lively hokum and sober blues. The buoyant melodies, humorous narratives, and sing-along choruses of hokum are illustrated by the tawdry "It's Tight Like That," "Dead Cats on the Line," and "You Can't Get That Stuff No More," all with Georgia Tom Dorsey on piano. Rough-edged blues include "Black Angel Blues," which became B.B. King's "Sweet Black Angel," and "Things 'Bout Comin' My Way," featured here as both a vocal with Georgia Tom and as a stunning solo instrumental. --Marc Greilsamer

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Truly a guitar wizard!
Steven C. Barr | Oshawa, Ontario, Canada | 01/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a blues musician, I often have to research the source of the songs I perform, particularly if I want to record them. I was surprised to see the name "Whitaker" show up again and again. I was vaguely familiar with "Tampa Red" (and have 78's by him) but
unaware that he had written many of the songs that have become blues standards. This CD offers a selection of many of his songs as he performed them for the first time, and also showcases his amazing slide guitar talent, proving that he invented not only standard blues songs but also standard slide riffs and licks.
I'd recommend this to blues lovers...and especially to blues musicians! All four dewclaws up, in my book...
Steven C. Barr
STEVEN C AND THE RED ROCKETS
STEVEN C AND HIS BLACK CAT BLUES BAND
(et al)
Oshawa, Ont'o."
TRACK LISTING WRONG
D. Lee | Phx | 12/02/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Please be aware this CD does not contain 32 tracks, but rather 17. Have had this happened on these "Roots & Blues" CDs before so check another source for track listing on CDs when purchasing!!"
Superb
Humberto | SoCal | 12/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a suberb collection from one of the most underrated early bluesman and would be a great primer for the uninitiated."