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Blues Masters, Vol. 18 : More Slide Guitar Classics
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
This collection in the ever-expanding Blues Masters series is the second to feature slide guitar work, and it picks up quite a few essential tunes that were missed on the first go-round. Among others, this includes Muddy W... more »
This collection in the ever-expanding Blues Masters series is the second to feature slide guitar work, and it picks up quite a few essential tunes that were missed on the first go-round. Among others, this includes Muddy Waters performing a low-key version of "I Can't Be Satisfied," Elmore James going nice and slow on "The Sky Is Crying," Blind Willie Johnson's fire-and-brimstone voice (which at times overwhelms his guitar playing) on "I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole," and Son House's excellent "Death Letter." And there are plenty of other artists represented here as well; Hound Dog Taylor with "Take Five," Earl Hooker with "Wah Wah Blues," Johnny Winter with "Dallas," and even Chuck Berry makes an appearance with "Blues for Hawaiians." There's probably nothing here that the die-hard blues fan hasn't heard before, but it's an excellent cross-section of the blues in general and slide guitar in particular, a technique that's almost unrivalled in terms of its sheer expressive power. --Genevieve Williams
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****1/2 - great follow-up to vol. 15
Docendo Discimus | Vita scholae | 08/05/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rhino's Blues Masters series is by far the best of its kind. Yes, better than the new Martin Scorsese series, although that's good, too.
You can't just go out and buy the entire "Blues Masters" series and be done with, of course...there is much more to the blues than that. But casual or "mid-level" blues fans should love this well-compiled and well-annotated series, and this excellent collection is one of the best entries.
Spanning 1927-1974, "More Slide Guitar Classics" includes some of the best songs in the catalogues of blues masters like Elmore James, Son House, Tampa Red, Robert Nighthawk, and J.B. Hutto. Elmore's smouldering slow burner "The Sky Is Crying" is here in all its glory, alongside Texas bluesman Johnny Winter's acoustic slide guitar blues "Dallas", Son House's awesome "Death Letter", and Babe Turner (the Black Ace)'s obscure "Your Leg's Too Little".
Other highlights include Muddy Waters' wonderful early classic "I Can't Be Satisfied", Tampa Red's piano-driven "Green And Lucky Blues", a tough "Little Boy Blue" by Robert Jr. Lockwood (Robert Johnson's stepson), J.B. Hutto's fiery boogie "Hip Shakin'", and the powerful "I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole", played and sung by the grittiest gospel singer ever, Blind Willie Johnson, is just amazing.
The numerous rarities make this album even better, and the inclusion of songs like Joe Carter's tough shuffle "I'm Worried" and Boyd Gilmore's even more obscure "All In My Dreams" is a real gift.
This is a mouth-watering slice of classic blues tunes. Fanatics like myself will have most of this music already, but slightly more casual listeners should rush out and try to dig up a copy of this excellent CD and its companion volume."