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Continental Drifter

Charlie MusselwhiteAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite’s life reads like a classic blues song: born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and schooled on the South Side of Chicago. A groundbreaking recording artist since the 1960s, Musselwhite continues to create trailblazing music while remaining firmly rooted in the blues. His worldly-wise vocals, rich, melodic harmonica playing and deep country blues ... Read more in Amazon's Charlie Musselwhite Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B00000IL1U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No
2. Can't Stay Away From You
3. Voodoo Garden
4. Little Star
5. What Do You Think, Cholita?
6. Chan Chan (Charlie's Blues)
7. Sabroso (Delicious)
8. Siboney
9. My Time Someday
10. Blues Up The River
11. Please Remember Me

Editorial Reviews

Charlie Musselwhite's is the voice of experience. One can hear it on every note of Continental Drifter, where the relaxed feel of the experienced bluesman is evident in the main harmonica riff of "Little Star" and the smooth, Delta-style guitar of "Blues Up the River." Several of the songs have a strong Cuban-Brazilian feel, and Musselwhite is joined on several of these by friend Eliades Ochoa and his band, Cuarteto Patria. Musselwhite's primarily known as a harmonica player, and it's easy to hear why on this album; whether he's spicing up the Cuban-blues mix of "Sabroso" or soloing over the jumpy rhythm of "Can't Stay Away from You," he's always bang on the note. --Genevieve Williams

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Blues Meet The Buena Vista Social Club December 19, 2001
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Continental Drifter is an interesting album because it presents three discrete blues styles in sequence for the listener to consider and enjoy. Musselwhite has a long history with Chicago blues and with Delta blues, both of which are sampled here, but what makes the CD compelling is the marriage of the blues to traditional Cuban musical forms. Chan Chan sounds fresh from the Buena Vista Social Club.
I knew the Cuban songs already and really enjoyed Musselwhite singing English lyrics he wrote for them as the Cubans sang their lyrics in Spanish in response. The amusing part is that although Musselwhite's lyrics bear little relation to the original Spanish ones, it still works out very well.
The band's wailing rendition of No sets the album's tone, but the three Cuban songs along with the classic Lecuona instrumental composition Siboney are the highlights.
I give the CD only four stars because I find the last acoustical cuts to be dull after listening to the musically more robust songs that precede them. Despite that, I highly recommend Continental Drifter as a worthy addition to any blues collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Blues-harpist "Memphis" Charlie Musselwhite has consistently incorporated different styles into his already generous repertoire. Continental Drifter is a split session; consisting of "The Band Session" with his touring group, and "The Cuban Session" with internationally renowned musicians Eliades Ochoa and Cuarteto Patria. Recorded between Norway's Grieghallen Studios and Fantasy Studios in San Francisco, CA, the record was released on April 20, (Earth Day) in 1999. On the cuts with his touring group, he explores a few mellow shuffles that remind one of his Chicago days with Barry Goldberg and Harvey Mandel. Musselwhite's mellow tenor vocals have found solid comfort on wax in recent years, and his harp control has matured to unspeakable heights. "The Cuban Session" transports the listener back to a club in old Havana; Cuarteto Patria laying the groundwork for "Que Te Palece, Cholita", and radio hit "Chan Chan (Charlie's Blues)". As a special treat at the end of the album, Musselwhite gives a strikingly proficient Delta interpretation on the guitar. Continental Drifter's amalgamation of musical cultures is an important contribution to the Blues that will be felt for decades to come. All content copyright [...]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simpl;y Great January 31, 2000
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I heard one song from this CD on FUV(New York) and loved it. The next day I bought the CD and also went to see Charley at the Blues Fest in Red Bank. He did everyone of the songs from the Cd and that was it I fell in love-The combination of Blues and Latin music is great. He is truly a great artist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie with a twist March 30, 2008
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I was fortunate enough to see Charlie Musslewhite perform the music on this CD when it came out at the Filmore in SF. He opened for Robert Cray and I think it brought the performance of Robert Cray's band up a notch.

Some of these songs are noted Brazilian tunes that Musslewhite took and added his own lyrics to. "Chan Chan" was made famous by the Buena Vista Social Club with Ry Cooder. Charlie adds interesting lyrics and the band is super. "Voodoo Garden" is my favorite but all the songs are uniquely him with his voice and blues harmonica playing. I've turned a lot of people on to this CD. It surprises me that there are only 7 reviewers before me. A fresh genres on blues/latin fusion. You're gonna like it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A recommendation is in its place here! August 26, 2014
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Great disc with great musicians. Love every minute of this. I recommended already to all my friends.. Your Musselwhite-sound mixed with merengue... cuba... and other stuff. Great!
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