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On the Chicago Blues Scene (Electric Sleep)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 18, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delmark
  • ASIN: B000004BIN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,901 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

This 1968 recording was originally issued as Electric Sleep, the title a riff on the Muddy Waters LP title Electric Mud. But the similarities ended there; whereas Mud was psychedelic and musically quite a departure from a traditional blues sound, Electric Sleep simply combines a country blues artist with an electric blues band. This 2007 reissue is re-mixed and mastered from the original analog tapes and has a brand new cover with photos from the recording session. The legendary blues poet is accompanied by Jimmy Dawkins (guitar), Sunnyland Slim (piano), Carey Bell (harmonica/bass), Earl Hooker, Joe Harper (bass), Odie Payne, Jr. (drums).(Previously deleted: 4/1/05. Original release date: 5/91)

Review

Electric narcosis. The 1967 Chicago meeting between country bluesman Estes, decades past his prime, and local modernists such as electric guitarist Jimmy Dawkins is the stuff of night mares. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mitch shrader on June 27, 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
While the tempo of this album lacks high points, it's a solid effort by all concerned. Several tracks are top shelf and none disappoint. To hear one of the original bluesmen incorporating electric instruments into traditional acoustic styles is unusual enough, but to hear it done effectively is nearly unique. The respect and attention Jimmy Dawkins has given to the originals brings the effort into collectible status. The authentic flavor contributed by Sleepy John Estes is a deliberate counterpoint ..

Four Stars, if you like either artist, and 5 stars if you are a collector. Unusual and worth owning!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Suzuka on April 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is of solid quality. The band members are Sleepy John Estes: vocals/ rhythm guitar, Sunnyland Slim: piano, Jimmy Dawkins: lead guitar, Odie Payne, Jr.: drums, Carey Bell: harmonica (bass on 2 tracks), Earl Hooker: bass (on 4 tracks), Joe Harper: bass (on remaining tracks).
From the line up, you will recognize many standard performers in the Chicago scene. While the performances here are good, there are no stand out performances. One could probably find many of these performers sounding more exceptional on some of their solo efforts or if not that then on a different album. Still, it's good listening and creates a good urban Blues mood througout.
The only downside is that Jimmy Dawkins' finger picking gets a little excessive and sometimes seems to cloud out the bands' groove. So in other words Mr. Dawkins could have held back a little and would have been fine just playing the fills and solos rather than the fills, solo's and chorus'.
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