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The only problem, per se, with the rest of the album is that it only makes you (at least, me) wanna play the originals....none of these even sniff the greatness of the Muddy originals. In that respect, it reminds me alot of Jimmy Rogers' final album, Blues Blues Blues...a fine album (and one that also features Keith -- and Mick -- on 3 tracks)...but nothing ground-breaking. Both nice listens.
Keith turns in a serviceable vocal on Still a Fool (but, really he's not much of a blues singer). Clapton probably comes off the best among the vocal performers (aside from Hubert). Other nice vocal contributions by Blondie Chaplin, David Johansen and others.
Hubert's leads steal the show, here, though. If you're expecting some wicked guitar from Keith, you'll be disappointed. He's here as a sideman on three tracks - nice, but nothing special.
Then comes track two, the most riveting Keith Richards performance in recent memory in a dark north-Mississippi-style rendition of Muddy Waters' "Still A Fool." This one has a broken bourbon bottle in one fist and your throat in the other, Sumlin plays lead, Stones sideman Blondie Chaplin is on bass and George Receli on drums, and Keith Richards' husky, moaning vocals bring this tale of adultery and guilt to life. Legend has it that Sumlin developed his finger-picking style after Howlin' Wolf complained that Sumlin was playing too loud, wait 'til you hear the positively spooky fingerstyle solo that closes this song.
Paul Oscher's harmonica is on many tracks and it sounds like blues harp is supposed to, like an old Green Bullet mic wired up to a Fender Champ with the volume on eleven. The whole album has a thick, reverb-laden sound, it was actually recorded on vintage analog equipment.
Clapton does a stinging version of "Long Distance Call," all the pop smaltz over the years can't disguise that the blues is where Clapton feels at home. It must be something for Sumlin to see some of the giants of rock line up to play songs like "The Same Thing" and "Don't Go No Further" with him. But then Jimi Hendrix told Sumlin on first meeting, "I've been waiting all my life to play with you, man."
There is just a hint of studio chatter before and after some songs, lots of laughter, these guys were having a good time.Read more ›
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Some old chicago blues favorites with Howlin' Wolf's lead guitarist, back by 60's legends like Clapton, Keith Richards, fun recordPublished 17 months ago by jim
This guy was Howlin' Wolf's favorite guitarist and he is a legend! Not his best stuff since he did that working for Howlin Wolf but how can you not own what Hubert Sumlin puts... Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Outtha Wazoo
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I can't add much more...if you are reading these reviews,you already know the blues,so make haste thine and... Read more
I don't usually go for remakes of classic recordings, or all-star bands, but this set is exceptional. The songs come alive with great performances from every player. Read morePublished on March 5, 2007 by Craig Spirko