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Great Blues Guitarists: String Dazzlers
Genres: Country, Blues, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop
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Raydene B. from SILVER CITY, NM
Reviewed on 10/15/2006...
Loved the guitars but not the vocals
A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com | Glen Ellyn, IL USA | 02/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Remastered, cleaning out as much noise as possible, "Great Blues Guitarists: String Dazzlers" gives us fun, yet historical blues tunes. With over 20 pages of liner notes and pictures, guitarists and bluers fans alike with enjoy this CD.Two fast-paced Lonnie Johnson acoustic tunes start things, but Texas Alexander gets low with a carefully picked "Work Ox Blues."The fourth track, "I'm Busy and You Can't Come In" by Sylvester Weaver is loaded with tape hiss. The guitar seems to have recorded too far from the mike, and this takes away from an otherwise nice piece. His banjo piece in track seven, sounds clearer. In track eight, he moans, "I'm so hungry, I can't get enough to eat... I'd'a ate the dishes if someone hadn't been around."Blind Willie McTell is in fine vocal form for tracks six and seven. Despite being recorded 1931-33, McTell sounds as if he just stepped off the Prairie Home Companion stage.The star of this CD is the gravel-throated Blind Willie Johnson. Sounding something like Froggie of the Little Rascals, or Louis Armstrong with a cold, he manages to drive power into "When the War Was On" in a duet with Angeline Johnson.Led Zeppelin and harp man Darrell Mansfield fans might recognize "It's Nobody's Fault But Mine." This is the original, from 1927, not a cover. Blind Willie sings it the way he intended it to be heard, with just a guitar."How You Want It Done" by Big Bill Broonzy has great guitar scales, but the vocals are weak. His "Getting Older Every Day" sounds like a blues song is supposed to sound. Bring him into any smoke-filled bar in Chicago, and he'd fit right in."Guitar Swing" brings things up tempo, with a very southern flavor.Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang lay down an interesting track with "Bull Frog Moan." It'll grow on you.Seems the snakes moan as well as the frogs, as Blind Lemon Jefferson aches out "Black Snake Moan." Tape hiss is heard in the background, but doesn't hurt the song.Joshua White gives us "Little Brother Blues" and "Prodigal Son," complete with Little Richard-like howls and some very fine picking. In "Prodigal Son" he laments "I broke my momma's heart, Lord, when I run away.""Denver Blues," from 1934, is a contemplative guitar solo by Tampa Red. He stretches each note. It is one of my favorites here.You've not got the blues unless you've got those "Away Down in the Alley Blues." Another guitar solo, this time by Lonnie Johnson, it has a multi-layered effect. This is one song that needs no more instruments, and words would ruin it. He shows off his skills, and lyrically demonstrates a complex texture, lifting Johnson a notch above other blues guitarists.The CD finishes with Johnson's "I Love You, Mary Lou." While not as strong as his other song here, we hear him do the vocals as well.I fully recommend "Great Blues Guitarists: String Dazzlers."Anthony Trendl"
Leland M. Talbot | Bethany Beach, DE | 01/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A million thanks to Larry Cohn for producing this terrific compilation from the Columbia vaults. The quality of the recordings is outstanding, being digitally remastered from the original monaural masters. The quality of the music he has chosen is top notch. Jazz, blues and gospel, and all of it first rate stuff. More, Please!"