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About Them Shoes

Hubert SumlinAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tone Cool
  • ASIN: B0006UEVPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,508 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Ready
2. Still A Fool
3. She's Into Something
4. Iodine In My Coffee
5. Look What You've Done
6. Come Home Baby
7. Evil
8. Long Distance Call
9. The Same Thing
10. Don't Go No Farther
11. I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love
12. Walkin' Through The Park
13. This Is The End, Little Girl

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Hubert Sumlin's famed for the shimmying riffs he laid all over classic Howlin' Wolf songs like "Killing Floor" and "Shake for Me," yet this excellent disc--which teams the 73-year-old firebrand with pals Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, James Cotton, Bob Margolin, and a host of other veterans--is a rocking, soulful tribute to another of his employers, Muddy Waters. Clapton bites into the licks and lyrics of Waters's "I'm Ready" and "Long-Distance Call," joining Sumlin in a passionate séance that raises the great spirits of '50s Chicago blues. Richards and Sumlin have an insouciant rapport that makes the stark "Still a Fool" and "Little Girl, This Is the End" sound like late-night conversations between lost, lonely hearts. But the real star is Sumlin, whose string sliding, deep tone, dizzy vibrato, acrobatic note bending, and tense, wily phrasing still sound as entirely original and vigorous as they did nearly a half-century ago. Buy this album--now. --Ted Drozdowski

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Produced by Rob Fraboni, Sumlin is joined by guests Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, David Johansen and Levon Helm.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Way To Start the New Year! February 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Hubert Sumlin is a star in his own rights having shared the spotlight as Howlin' Wolf's lead guitarist from 1956 to 1976. Sumlin's flashy guitar work has been credited with influencing the work of Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Well along in years, some of the stars that he influenced return to help produce a great release to kick of 2005. The guests include Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and harpist Paul Oscher. The band also benefits from Muddy Waters guitarist Bob Margolin and David Maxwell on piano. The tunes are covers of songs written by Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. Everything about the CD is first rate.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On your feet. January 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This sounds like a long-lost Chess treasure from about '62. Hubert calls in some favours from people who took (and ran with)what he laid down working with The Wolf and Muddy all those years ago. Some of the other 'originals' from that era shine here too but it's Keith Richards for me who shows the spirit of Chicago is still alive and well - albeit with an English accent that's more Southend than Southside. The producers of this CD (great sound!) should now get Hubert and Keith back in the studio with just two acoustic guitars and a stand-up bass player. These are good times for septugenarians; see John Mayall's recent offering, also featuring Eric Clapton. So buy this CD and read Moanin' at Midnight (James Segrest, Mark Hoffman) as you listen - you'll find out how Hubert learned to play.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice - but nothing particularly special January 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
THE highlight of the disc is the final track and the only one featuring Hubert on vocals - he does a wonderful acoustic guitar interplay with Keith on a self-penned tune. Interesting that this is the highlight - as the theme of the (rest of the) album is Muddy Waters tunes.

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.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About time for them shoes August 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I knew from the opening notes of track one that I was going to really enjoy this album, Willie Dixon's "I'm Ready" is one of those toe-tappers that gets everybody onto the dance floor, and when you have sidemen like Eric Clapton and Levon Helm and steady-rollin' Bob Margolin, how can you miss?

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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Blues November 26, 2005
By FFIC
Format:Audio CD
This CD is is great from start to finish. I bought this by giving it a listen at book store, and I was hooked ever since.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars cant wait to hear more October 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
very pleased with the new Hubert Sumlin CD, About Them Shoes. been a big fan of his due to his assn w/ Howlin Wolf and will be

seeking out more of his stuff.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubert is a God!
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 more
Published on January 9, 2011 by Outtha Wazoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot blues from the Master and his disciples.
The title to this review is 'nuff said...
Thie CD is timeless.
I can't add much more...if you are reading these reviews,you already know the blues,so make haste thine and... Read more
Published on October 30, 2007 by Dennis York
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
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 more
Published on March 5, 2007 by Craig Spirko
2.0 out of 5 stars hubert sumlin rehash
I don't know what I was expecting from Hubert Sumlin. Surely not a rehash of some old Muddy Waters' and Willie Dixon chestnuts that were done correctly the first time with Muddy's... Read more
Published on September 6, 2005 by John Wallingford
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Blues with Class
Side-man to Howlin' Wolf, Hubert Sumlin comes across with class and grace that you'll only find in "the old school". Read more
Published on April 6, 2005 by Peter D. Page
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST recording of Hubert's Career! A MUST BUY!
WOW! If you haven't picked this CD up already, get it NOW! Any fan of Clapton, The Band or Keith Richards will truly enjoy this! Hubert's remarkable in all 13 songs. Read more
Published on January 25, 2005 by Donna
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