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Delta Hardware

Charlie MusselwhiteAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Charlie Musselwhite Performs "Just Your Fool" with Cindy Lauper on the Season finale of CELEBRITY APPRENTICE (May 2010)


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 (May 16, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real World
  • ASIN: B000EMG6VG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Church Is Out
2. One Of These Mornings
3. Sundown
4. Black Water
5. Clarksdale Boogie
6. Just A Feeling
7. Gone Too Long
8. Invisible Ones
9. Town To Town
10. Blues For Yesterday

Editorial Reviews

As authentic as the lines on his forehead and his droopy eyes, veteran bluesman Charlie Musselwhite gets better with age. (At 62, he's a respected survivor with dozens of albums to his credit.) On Delta Hardware the journeyman musician pays tribute to, and revels in, his Mississippi roots. Although he's spent time in Chicago and on the West Coast, for this album of churning swamp and deep Southern blues he taps his formative years in the town of Kosciusko. Musselwhite's poignant voice and crying harmonica convey loss and sadness on the tense, swirling "Black Water," one of two tracks dealing with Hurricane Katrina. His full-bodied, amplified harp cuts like Paul Butterfield and especially Little Walter, two of whose songs he covers here. Give Musselwhite's backing group credit too, especially guitarist Chris "Kid" Anderson, who slices into the slow, riff-based, Walter-penned "Just a Feeling" with Ronnie Earl-styled precision. Even on the straight-ahead shuffle of "Blues for Yesterday," the band nails a sweaty, edgy groove that's as genuine as it is driving. Producer Chris Goldsmith keeps the sound lean, mean, and just muddy enough to conjure images of the band churning out these dark, dusky Delta blues on a porch in the midst of a sweltering summer's night. The no-frills approach is perfect for Musselwhite's otherworldly harp playing to express his years and miles on the endless blues highway. --Hal Horowitz

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues Lovers Must Not Miss This CD! June 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
As anyone who truly loves the blues already knows, the music of Charlie Musselwhite is as authentic as it gets! I've loved Charlie's music for well over a decade, and I have to say I am really excited that this CD captures his "Mississippi roots" better than any CD he has released in years! For those who are new to Charlie's music, this is the one to buy!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST YET!!! December 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Charlie Musselwhite, a Blues icon as the best harp player in the world, has done it again. Every CD he does seems to get better and better. My favorite song on this CD, "Jump and Shout,'cause church is out", is destined to become a classic. This CD rocks with high energy. If you don't know Charlie's work, this CD would be a great introduction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure glad I found this CD! November 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I found this CD in a music store in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. I only knew Charlie of the song "Radio Boogie" he did with Elvin Bishop, on Bishop's "The Skin I'm In" album. Wow! Is this good blues or what?! I especially like 'Church's out' and 'Blues for yesterday'. Already classic! I'm going to check out Charlie's other albums right now!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the harp greats!!! January 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Charlie Musselwhite is supposed to have said, that he only knows one song, he just plays it slower or faster or in a different key. Well if that's the case he disguises it well and has managed to release over twenty albums of this song. This latest release is right up there with the best of them. This is no nonsense, no frills earthy blues, from the driving Church is Out and Blues for Yesterday, to the dark sounding Black Water. Buy this CD and just listen to that harp cry! It's a great driving album, but the problem is, there are only ten songs most of them two or three minutes long, so its finished before I get home. Ok just stick it on again!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! January 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is one for Blues Harp lovers! Great old school blues mixed with some modern style. I've heard Musselwhite play on a Blind Boys of Alabama CD and absolutely loved his style. This collection is different and yet equally as awesome... moreso if you consider the sheer volume of great harpin'. C.M. is a virtuoso of the harp. Buy this for the pure enjoyment of hearing what amazing sounds can be blown through a simple harmonica.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Blues Harp/Poor Production Choice December 23, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am new to the Charlie Musselwhite experience and I was excited to hear more of his incredible harmonica playing. While this album provides some great blues performances, my opinion is that their true greatness lies in the subtle nuances and the beautiful reverberation of the blues harp in the right accoustic conditions. Unfortunately, Chris Goldsmith, the producer chose the more muffled sound that one might associate with a crowded blues joint to anchor the recording. While this gives a real-world, raw quality to the recording, it robs the listener of Musselwhite's genius in its entirety. To get an understanding of what I am talking about, listen to "Charlie Musselwhite w/Richard Bargel" on YouTube. Then imagine that same recording without the bright crisp reverberation as if you were in a large, crowded club. To be sure, the latter sound I experienced on Delta Hardware will have an appeal to some listeners. For me, I will be searching for a Musselwhite recording with the former reverberated approach to production.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well I love it February 26, 2009
Format:Audio CD
It's my soundtrack driving around the panhandle (from Florida to Louisiana.) I know the band is from Cali but the sound is stripped down and it sound matches the environment.

I know lots of folks like their blues slicked up or with lots of guitar but that just wouldn't fit.

It's great - even though I usually prefer Musselwhite's instrumentals and there are none on this CD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing May 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this based on the enthusiastic Amazon reviews and the fact that I like blues rock. This is my first Charlie Musselwhite and I was a bit disappointed. His vocals are laconic and the guitar is rarely gripping. The opening song has a good hook, but the rest is pretty forgettable. If you like blues harp, I'd recommend Kim Wilson's solo efforts over this. Still, it's a solid listenable album, and they may be more vivid in concert.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums of Charlies I've ever heard.
Fast and easy download of one of my favorite blues singers that I have ever heard. I really love this album!
Published 12 months ago by Cathy
4.0 out of 5 stars great mouth harp
Charlie musslewhite is a gift to the American music lovers. he has that sanfrancisco sound mixed with just enough county and Americana to make this a worthwhile purchase great... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Carmine J. Ciserano
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring Blues
I grew up in the South and have loved blues for as long as I can remember. I have always loved Charlie Musselwhite's blues harp as a sideman on many albums in the past. Read more
Published on February 4, 2011 by G. Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Musselwhite is the best
From the first time Charlie Musselwhite ever recorded his music he was among the greatest blues artists we've ever had a chance to witness. Read more
Published on February 10, 2009 by W. Keenom
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Quite Fulfill Promise
I had high hopes for Delta Hardware after reading enthusiastic reviews in a number of domestic and foreign music magazines so I bought it about the time it was released. Read more
Published on December 3, 2008 by Kurt Harding
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't grab
I saw Charlie Musselwhite live years ago and he was superb - the joint was really jumpin'. However I find he's just not the same on CD and perhaps he's even getting worse. Read more
Published on November 11, 2007 by J. TIMMERMAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie climbing upward with age
I've owned this CD for about six months and really dig it. I'll add a little disclaimer: This is really only for true blues enthusiasts, but then again, I don't know who else... Read more
Published on August 13, 2007 by Robert Orme
5.0 out of 5 stars harmonica at it's best
There are and have been a few great harmonica players. But I am always amazed what a great player musically and technically Charlie Musselwhite is. Read more
Published on January 12, 2007 by Nelion
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