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Pinetop Perkins is one of the last great Mississippi bluesmen still performing. He began playing blues around 1927, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest blues pianists of all time. He created a style that has influenced three generations of piano players, and will continue to be the yardstick by which great blues pianists are measured.

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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B00004TDXL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,979 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There is one word to describe the legendary Pinetop Perkins's performance on Back on Top, and that word is mellow. Mellow like a hot summer day, mellow like a bottle of amber ale, mellow like sleeping in on a Saturday morning. Not that it's boring. Oh, no. Special guests Corey Harris (guitar) and Sugar Ray Norcia (harmonica) may be younger than Perkins by several decades apiece, but they're still hard pressed to keep up with him; the man's got even more tricks up his sleeve than he's got years on his junior compatriots. Whether he's lazing through "Five Long Years" (and giving Harris plenty of room to explore a blistering guitar solo) or keeping things hopping with "Pinetop's Boogie Woogie," Perkins remains at the top of his form, despite the fact that he's pushing 90. Would that we were all so active, creative, cheerful, and, above all, mellow at that age. Perkins is truly one of a kind. --Genevieve Williams

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Denis on August 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Pinetop Perkins is a renowned blues piano player, who may have been best known to many from his work with the Muddy Waters band. Of course, by the time Pinetop joined the Muddy Waters band to replace Otis Span, he already had a firmly established trademark sound and a great reputation within the blues community. Pinetop's sound is hard to confuse with anyone else's once you hear several of his recordings.

When this record was made, Pinetop was 86, and this record just blows my mind. It is one of the finest blues recordings I've heard to date; it's classy, refined, and 100% soul from a bluesman who has seen it all during his long years. Pinetop's piano work is fresh, stunningly fiery, elaborate, and just plain beautiful. From the sound and precision of his piano sound, you'd never know you're listening to a 86-yr old man. His voice certainly shows age, which only adds to his charm, but it blends perfectly with Pinetop's "conversational" blues style. But even if Pinetop's singing shows age, it's still full of energy, fire, and soul.

Telarc production team did an outstanding job recording this session - the record quality is pristine, warm, and colorful. Someone like Pinetop certainly deserves the best of sound technology, and the listeners will be pleased with the way they can hear this master.

Pinetop covers a variety of styles of this disc, from slow ballad-type blues to fire-filled boogies that make it impossible to sit still. The backing band is incredible. The drummer navigates through a variety of rhythms with both sticks and brushes with seeming ease and is always right on. The accoustic bass adds warms to the record and blends perfectly with the rhythm section.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Thompson on May 4, 2008
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Smooth and sweet all the way thru..and to think this guy is still touring at 93 years young!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Miller on February 4, 2009
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If you think you like the blues you gotta here Pine Top. Great old school Blues. This ol' feller can still get it !
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By Steve S. on April 17, 2014
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The old man got some nice sound! This music can be enjoyed by people that has any type of music tastes. Thats what I'm talking about.
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