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Buried Alive in the Blues (+ Bonus DVD) Live


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  • Audio CD (July 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: 33rd Street
  • ASIN: B0009PLM0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,532 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Born In Chicago - featuring Nick Gravenites
2. Buried Alive In The Blues - featuring Nick Gravenites
3. Walk Away - featuring Tracy Nelson
4. Drinking Wine - featuring Nick Gravenites
5. GM Boogie - featuring Barry Goldberg & Harvey Mandel
6. Left Handed Soul - featuring Nick Gravenites
7. Miss You Like The Devil - featuring Tracy Nelson
8. All The Help I Can Get - featuring Tracy Nelson
9. Death Of Muddy Waters - featuring Nick Gravenites
10. Find My Baby - featuring Sam Lay
11. New Truck - featuring Tracy Nelson
12. King Bee - featuring Corky Siegel
13. Snake - featuring Harvey Mandel
14. Hound Dog - featuring Sam Lay

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Blues Reunion is a collaboration of Chicago music legends who defined the sound of their generation in the 1960's. Last year, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenities, Harvey Mandel, Tracy Nelson, Sam Lay and Corky Siegel joined forces once again and the result is a two disc set "Buried Alive In The Blues". One audio CD and one DVD (60 minute DVD, 30 minutes of music, 30 minutes of interviews with the CBR bandmates plus on screen recollections from Steve Miller, BB King, Eric Clapton, CArlos Santana and others telling the North Side Chicago blues story of the 60's from various perspectives).

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Best blues album I've heard in a long time.
SuperMom200812
The formation of Chess records is described, while film footage of interviews and narratives from prominent Chicago blues musicians offer a historical perspective.
slowhandfan
If you like the Blues, this music CD will make an enjoyable addition to your collection.
Ronald Winters

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By mpbcp on November 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The music on the cd is great, but the real value lies in the dvd, which takes you back to the development of the 60's "white" chicago blues scene with actual footage of icons like Muddy Waters and Mike Bloomfield (with The Electric Flag). All the musicians are interviewed at length, and there are great comments from B.B.King and Buddy Guy. The dvd is actually good enough to be shown as a documentary on public television, and it also includes "concert" footage of about half the songs featured on the cd.
Nick Gravenites and Tracy Nelson both look a little worn out by time, but they sound great, and the added attactions of barry goldberg , corky siegel and harvey mandel comprise an all star band. a guest vocal appearance by Sam Lay was a nice touch.
both the cd and the dvd exceed expectations
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48 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on October 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The folks at Amazon always discourage referencing previous reviews for various reasons--but one big one certainly is that those other reviews sometimes seem to just disappear. And then you've got egg on your face. Why does this happen? Usually, I understand, it's because the author of same has opted to delete his or her critique (maybe there was a change of heart or maybe just too much hate mail). Sometimes an irrelevant or morally reprehensible tract in the guise of a review might be successfully challenged by another customer, but that--I suspect--is rarer.

Amid all the five star reviews for this revue style project featuring veterans of the 60s "Northside" Chicago blues scene was at least one negative review wherein the commentator opined that a TRUE "Chicago reunion" was impossible since most of the real progenitors of Chicago blues have longsince gone to that juke joint in the sky.

Now call me perverse, but I sometimes find negative reviews more "helpful" than glowingly positive ones--even when I basically disagree with them. Or rather, especially when I disagree with them. Unlike the typical "this is so great" kind of review, I am oft times forced to think through my own impressions of the work at hand and maybe even come up with some kind of response (which I may or may not ever actually post, but at least it gets me THINKING.) So I did not object too stringently to that particular reviewers comments. I tried to do the grown-up thing and actually consider them.

And of course, the guy had a point that even the artists on this record implicitly acknowledge. You remember the old blues supersession album FATHERS AND SONS? Well, these guys are the first to admit that they are "the sons" (Ok, so there's a "daughter" in the mix as well).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By clc on July 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Try to catch the live Performance, it's wonderful. Tracy sure can carry her voice. It is a real pleasure seeing these guys perform together and with a Great Rhythm section. The dvd has wonderful historic footage. It makes you realize how fortunate they were to grow up in Chicago and what these performers did to bring the Blues to the rest of us.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midnight Special Blues Radio on July 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
"Buried Alive in the Blues" is certainly one of the best live Blues albums of all times. Those who had and will have a chance to see the Chicago Blues Reunion onstage may proudly say: "I've seen the Blues history in the making!" It's not a nostalgy album, it's a strongest proof of an everlasting freshness and youth of the Chicago Blues. All those who took part in the album recording, production, design and marketing have done a great job, and the result may already be considered as a treasure of not just American but the World music culture.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on June 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Well, I've heard the music, watched the DVD, and read the reviews and after doing so am slightly amused by the somewhat overwrought enthusiasm for Buried Alive In The Blues. Sure, I like the music and enjoy the commentary, but this CD is more nostalgia and an affirmation of a musical style than a bold statement.

We're all going to get old if we're lucky and at some point we are not going to be as good as we once were. And while it is a pleasure to see and hear these guys again, that truth will be brought starkly home to those who really remember how they were in the old days. The crown princes of white Chicago blues, Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield, are long gone. So what we are left with are a few core musicians like Nick Gravenites, Sam Lay and Corky Siegel, and those on the periphery like Harvey Mandel, Barry Goldberg, and Tracy Nelson who are more remembered for their days in San Francisco (in the case of Nelson, Nashville as well) than their time in Chicago. And none sound at all like they did in their heydays.

If you remember and love the Born In Chicago of Paul Butterfield's first album or the Drinkin' Wine of the Electric Flag's Long Time Comin' album, you will hear precisely what I mean. But what the musicians lack of the old intensity is made up for by their obvious enthusiasm. Some of the old fire is still apparent throughout, but my favorites are the Canned Heat-style GM Boogie, the smoky languor of Nick Gravenites' Left Handed Soul, Gravenites' Death of Muddy Waters, the swinging I've Gotta Find My Baby, a supercharged rendition of Harvey Mandel's old pseudopsychedelic classic Snake, and the concluding medley of old rock tunes featuring delightful vocals by Sam Lay.
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