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Beefsteak Blues

James "Son" ThomasAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 23, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Evidence
  • ASIN: B000007S9H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mama Don't Low No Guitar Playin' Round Here
2. Big Fat Mama
3. Beefsteak Blues
4. Rock Me Mama
5. Catfish Blues (Unexpurgated Version)
6. Standing At The Crossroads
7. Highway 61 Blues
8. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
9. Stormy Monday Blues
10. Catfish Blues
11. Smokey Mountain
12. Hoochie Coochie Man/Tukne In Next Time

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blues simply sung without clutter, or pretense. November 28, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
This is a fine album which showcases Thomas' soft, yet heartfelt blues style. There is no pretense as seen with some modern blues players. This is not "electric blues" as played by many blue artists. Thomas plays the electric guitar in a manner one would play an acoustic guitar. Still, he manages to get into some lively boogy on several cuts. There are two versions of Catfish Blues which stand out, the regular and expurgated versions. The former contains some funky lyrics that his audience eats up. It is unfortunate that this wonderful artist has only one release to share with us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unpretentious and haunting country blues outing October 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
James Thomas' guitar work isn't as sophisicated as Skip James or Robert Pete Williams. He isn't as well known as Robert Johnson and he isn't as accessible as Lighnin Hopkins. However Beefsteak Blues remains an extrodinary exemplar of what country blues is. It has soul, style and resonance. It's not too polished production wise and its recording style brings out the authenticity and power of Thomas' performance.Thomas isn't one of the greats simply because his work isn't as original as that of son house or bukka white, but he plays with feeling and knowledge that modern blues players often lack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Son Son Son March 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was raised in Vicksburg, MS. and Son played there at a small restaurant/club (Walnut Hills - still there and great food by the way) back in the early 80's just about every weekend. The owner would send Son a bus ticket to get to Vicksburg and back for these weekend gigs. He would set up over in a corner and play most of the evening with just a couple of breaks. I would sit there in awe. The room would only hold about 20-30 people and most of them had no idea what they were even experiencing. I was lucky enough to sit in with him some and play some harp. Many of the tunes I sat in on are on this album. I'm sure glad someone found this! I just listened to the preview of all these cuts and man did it take me back!!! The last time I saw him there I gave him the harp I played because he had lost his. Sure would like to think he had it in his pocket..... or at least a 1/2 pint of Gin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more recordings are available February 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
He was a wonderful experience to witness live, and a must have for any Blues lover. His acoustic stylings and unique vocals are, unfortunatly, not known to the masses. Congratulations for finding this!
Contact me for more info on the blues!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meet an essential Master of the Delta Blues !!! July 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I'm in love with Son Thomas' music since I saw him on stage some twenty years ago.
Born in Eden,Mississippi,October 14,1926,James "Son" Thomas happened to be one of the last giants of the country blues.As Brett Bonner wrote in the liner notes of this album,Son Thomas not only sang the blues,he also lived 'em.He "worked as a sharecropper and grave digger,was shot by an ex wife,plagued by emphysema and epilepsy and severely burned after falling onto a space heater".He really started his career in 1968,and appeared in many concerts and festivals in the USA and outside.He was not only a blues musician,he also became a sculptor;you can see one of his works on this album's jacket.
Son Thomas died of emphysema ten years ago,in 1993.This man had one of the most singular voices in the history of blues;a rather high pitched one,with some falsetto effects remembering Skip James ("Standing at the crossroads").Some shades of his hypnotic playing can be found in T-Model Ford today (or maybe it's the contrary,because T-Model is ten years older than Son Thomas).
The tunes of this CD were recorded between 1980 and 1985 at various places: Leland,Ms,where Son Thomas lived,and some dates in Germany.Here are some of the most fascinating Delta blues ever played: Son Thomas' hit,"big fat mama","61 highway blues", Robert Johnson's "Standing at the crossroads",Son's only bottleneck effort here,the traditionnal "rock me mama",the great "Catfish blues" (two versions here: the correct one and the other one;you'll easily make the difference listening to the lyrics),a Muddy Waters' hit,"Hoochie Coochie man";to sum up,very great blues from Mississippi,played and sung by one of the last masters of the genre.
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