(verified owner) – February 15, 2022
Let me begin this review by saying that if you like the blues, you need to get a copy of this album. It’s delightful, it’s intense, it’s lively. These are all blues standards from John Lee Hooker, Little Walter, Slim Harpo, Howlin’ Wolf or Bo Diddley, so lots of familiar tunes. This was released in 2011, meaning that it came shortly before Mark Knopfler’s ‘Privateering’, which interestingly turned out to be a very bluesy record. The actual playing and singing on the album is just brilliant. Guy’s playing is always great on every record, but I particularly enjoy his lap steel playing here – a great choice to complement these songs. The amps have a vintage Fender-y vibe to them (interesting, as I seem to recall seeing a Marshall amp live?) that suits the style well; Robbie makes them seamlessly jump from clean to crunchy saturation through picking dynamics, simply delicious to listen to. The artwork is nice too, and the notes included helpfully document the recording. Every time I look at the cover I am pleasantly reminded that there might be a Volume 2 coming one day.
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