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51 Phantom

North Mississippi AllstarsAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS
KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

Take reassurance in the glory of the moment and the forever promise of tomorrow.
Surely there is light beyond the darkness
As there is dawn after the night.
-James Luther Dickinson
11.15.41- 08.15.09

I can hear the hills callin' out my name.
Goin up to Heaven for to stake my claim.
Call me by thunder, call me ... Read more in Amazon's North Mississippi Allstars Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 4, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tone Cool
  • Run Time: 43 minutes
  • ASIN: B00005S8M1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 51 Phantom
2. Snakes In My Bushes
3. Sugartown
4. Lord Have Mercy
5. Storm
6. Freedom Highway
7. Circle in the Sky
8. Ship
9. Leavin'
10. Up Over Yonder
11. Mud

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Without forsaking the bluesy base of their well-received debut, the North Mississippi Allstars soar creatively on this ambitious follow-up. Original material and a spiritual dimension distinguish the song selection, with highlights that range from the gospel call-and-response of "Ship" to the down-and-dirty "Mud," from the psychedelic squall of "Sugartown" to a harmony-laden revival of the Staple Singers' "Freedom Highway." Producer Jim Dickinson gives the music plenty of room to breathe, while his two sons--guitarist Luther and drummer Cody--refine their soul-satisfying interplay with bassist Chris Chew. As the trio continues to emphasize groove and feel over power virtuosity, their musical progression parallels that made early in their careers by the Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers, and ZZ Top--an indication that these young Allstars have just begun to stretch their wings. --Don McLeese

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice sophomore effort December 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The bad news here is that this is not as good as their first album, which I consider a blues classic. The good news is there's no sophomore jinx here either. This is still a very nice album that I would knock half my cd's off the shelf to make room for. The Allstars had the privilege on their first album of working with all cover songs by blues legends such as R.L. Burnside and Mississippi Fred Mcdowell and making them their own. Those guys are nowhere to be found on this new one. It's all original material except for 2 very respectable covers of Junior Kimbrough's "Lord Have Mercy", and Pops Staples "Freedom Highway". The first half of this cd is more rock oriented. I like the opener " 51 Phantom" with it's hard charging slide guitar. And the outrageous "Sugartown". This is a good one. The rhythm section here sounds like a runaway freight train, with a slide guitar in the background imitating a train whistle. There's great production work here too, by their dad, legendary rock producer and session musician Jim Dickinson, who has produced such bands in the past as The Replacements and Big Star. Besides the slick production, there is also some very nice guitar work, courtesy of Luther Dickinson. Especially on the song "Lord Have Mercy", which has a nice Allman Brother like quality to it. Listening to 51 Phantom is almost like listening to 2 different albums though. The second half of this has a more gospely, delta blues sound to it. My favorites being the very gospel and upbeat "Ship". And the backporch sounding country blues of "Up Over Yonder". But they get back on the rock track on the final song here with "Mud", which is kind of a blues rap song if you can imagine. Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more fuzz, less Phish January 13, 2002
By sask
Format:Audio CD
The North Mississippi Allstars are the most exciting young blues band around these days, as their great debut Shake Hands With Shorty attested. Combining the frenetic energy of Jon Spencer with influences like R.L. Burnside, the emphasis was more on energy than plain old technique. On 51 Phantom, the Allstars continue right where Shorty left off, with a few tweaks for the better.
51 Phantom consists of ten original songs, and one cover (Junior Kimbrough's 'Lord Have Mercy'), and the original tunes hold up very well. The production is also better, thanks to Jim Dickinson, father of guitarist Luther and drummer Cody. Compared to 51 Phantom's heavier, meatier, more distorted sound, Shake Hands With Shorty comes off as sounding rather stale. And gone are the extended solos that sounded as boring as anything Phish has done; here, there's more restraint, and Luther's playing sounds all the better for it, opting for soul over wankery like Johnny Lang. Cody Dickinson's percussion is at times brilliant, and he takes centre stage during the churning climax of 'Sugartown' with his amazing electric washboard playing. Bassist Chris Chew holds the fort perfectly, keeping the band tight, and piping in with vocals every so often.
Cane fife legend Otha Turner even makes an appearance on 'Circle In The Sky'.
Standouts? Nothing as attention grabbing as 'Shake 'Em On Down' was on their debut, but all the songs are very good, with no dull moments. The title track, 'Snakes In My Bushes', 'Sugartown', and 'Mud' showcase their new distorted sound, and sound terrific. More spiritual fare like 'Storm', 'Freedom Highway', and 'Leavin'' show there's soul underneath the grit, but never stoop to cheesy sentimentality. Simply stated, you can't go wrong with 51 Phantom, one of the most enjoyable albums of 2001.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jump in the mud February 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The good ole boys of North Mississippi jump in the mud a second time to come up with a follow up to their much acclaimed debut cd Shake Hands With Shorty. They have followed up with 51 Phantom, a worthy effort, which remains true to the spirit of the blues and maintains the garage band vitality of the band.
The North Mississippi Allstars are a threesome of young musicians consisting of the Dickinson brothers Luther, on guitars and vocals and Cody, doing mostly drums and vocals and their bud, Chris Chew on bass and vocals. These young men are able to produce music while remaining true to delta blues roots, presents it to the modern ear and has the joy and exuberance of a youthful garage band. I just want to join in the fun and start dancing.
51 Phantom differs from Shake Hands in that 9 of the eleven songs are originals written by the band. These songs are resplendent in images of the south complete with snakes hanging from trees to Mississippi mud to the Southern Gospel meeting. Included on the cd is a Junior Kimbrough song "Lord Have Mercy" and "Freedom Highway" a song from the civil rights era, by Pops Staples.
I believe they will be a force in helping to renew young peoples interest in the blues and i hope that this will be just one more of many cd's from them. So sink your feet into the Mississippi Mud with the Allstars and enjoy their interpretation of the delta blues, garage band with licks of Allman Brothers thrown in.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Step Forward, One Step Back March 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'll start off by stating that "51 Phantom" is not as strong as the North Mississppi All Stars' superb debut "Shake Hands With Shorty." And yet, that's not necessarily a bad thing. The debut featured all songs by classic blues artists, albiet most of them with the rock energy turned way up. On "51 Phantom" the band themselves wrote most of the songs, which is a necessary progression for any artist that hopes to be around over the long haul. They may not quite have the touch of there elders (yet!), but what they've produced here blows away any of their wimpy Matchbox 20 peers.
The best song is probably "Storm," a first rate southern rock number worthy of The Allman Brothers. "Snakes in My Bushes" shows that NMAS has a good sense of humor. "Freedom Highway" gets political without going over the top, and "Mud" is a scorching rock song that sounds like Metallica meets Molly Hatchett. Overall, "51 Phantom" is not as successful as NMAS's debut, but that doesn't mean its a failure either.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great music
these are such very talented musicians! and I love their style. their albums are always a good listen, entertaining, and enjoyable
Published 7 months ago by pen name
4.0 out of 5 stars 2nd time works again
The Dickinson brothers and bassist Chris Chew dredge up tons of earth from the riverbank with powerhouse crunching rhythms as they build up a legacy to old blues masters and their... Read more
Published on November 6, 2003 by Mitchell Lopate
2.0 out of 5 stars Less 80s, more blues
Their first album, Shake Hands with Shorty, was badass. This time around, they got away from the rockified blues (and R.L. Burnside) and went more mainstream rock and roll. Read more
Published on July 24, 2003 by Michael D. Fleetwood
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the best young blues bands
The second cd from this band shows them branching out musically while still keeping true to their blues-rock roots. Read more
Published on May 11, 2002 by Anthony Souza
4.0 out of 5 stars Fall in love with the North Mississippi Allstars
Listening to the North Mississippi Allstars in a smokey bars in Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; and Tupelo, Mississippi has sent me over the edge into NMAS-fanclub... Read more
Published on April 25, 2002 by Dusty
5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting in the Footsteps They Follow
From the opening rumble of the bottom-heavy blues boogie of the title cut through swamp rock, rocked-up gospel, one achingly beautiful ballad and some cutting edge... Read more
Published on March 30, 2002 by "thebigoh"
4.0 out of 5 stars Southern Fried Rock
They seem to have brought back the old southern rock that you heard in the
70s through a little bluegrass in. The boys have it covered. Read more
Published on March 19, 2002 by "zebert"
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 2nd album
51 Phantom is a competent followup to Shake Hands. While they won't win any songwriting awards, they write songs that play to their strengths and sound honest and fresh. Read more
Published on March 1, 2002 by Kelly D. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Live performance in Memphis
I caught Luther Dickerson and his brother 4 years ago in Memphis and he was so good that I tried to get a friend of mine who had been a producer for ZZ Top and others to sign them! Read more
Published on January 8, 2002 by Ernest Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid 2nd Effort by the Allstars
Upon my first listen to this CD I have to admit that I was somewhat dissapointed. But I gave 51 Phantom a few more chances and it really grew on me. Read more
Published on January 7, 2002 by Dave
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