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Last Fair Deal

Rory BlockAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Rory Block:
Recalling a magical time when a teenaged Rory Block learned from a master, here's her tribute to the seminal music of the Reverend Gary Davis

Stony Plain releases I Belong to the Band, the fourth in the American guitarist's recreations of the work of the classic blues artists of the past

"I cried during the recording of this CD," recalls Rory Bock. ... Read more in Amazon's Rory Block Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B0000C8AS6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,689 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gone Again
2. Sookie Sookie
3. County Fair Blues
4. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
5. Declare
6. Cry Out Loud
7. Amazing Grace
8. Traveling Riverside Blues
9. Mama's Stray Baby
10. Hallelu, Hallelu
11. Two Places At A Table
12. Awesome Love
13. Look What The Lord Has Done
14. Old Friends

Editorial Reviews

A veteran blueswoman, Rory Block proves herself both a traditionalist and an explorer through this selection of blues classics, spiritual standards, and original material with a kindred spirit. She pays homage to her musical roots with impeccable renditions of songs associated with her late mentor Son House ("County Farm Blues") and his prize pupil Robert Johnson ("Last Fair Deal Gone Down," "Traveling Riverside Blues"). Yet she takes considerable liberties with the album's instrumental centerpiece, an all but unrecognizable version of the familiar "Amazing Grace," which here recalls Leo Kottke's aural adventurousness rather than the hymnal. The original "Declare" (inspired by the Bible's Book of Job) and the traditional "Hallelu, Hallelu" both find Block multi-tracking her vocals into the call-and-response of a full gospel choir, while "Cry Out Loud" and "Mama's Stray Baby" reflect the folkier strains of her artistry. An acoustic guitarist with a stinging slide and an understated virtuosity, she's more concerned with deep grooves than hot licks. --Don McLeese

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine, mellow set by this talented blues picker October 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
An airy, loose acoustic blues set, with plenty of gentle slide guitar, and a hefty dose of straightforward preachin' gospel blues.  Some surprises, like an ethereal instrumental version of "Amazing Grace," and her spacy, stream-of-conscousness delivery throughout.  At times Block sounds a bit mannered and stuffy, in a folkie kinda way, yet the mix of relaxed, informal presentation and an overall evocative, spine-tingly feel make this record worth checking out.... Her fans will certainly dig it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rory, doing what she does best December 3, 2003
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Rory Block is one of today's artists out at the forefront of keeping acoustic blues alive. This CD has a lot of Rory doing what she does best: gritty blues and acoustic slide guitar.
The best songs are the one Son House and two Robert Johnson covers, Sookie Sookie, Look What The Lord Has Done. A couple of the songs are a little sappy, the one about the stray dog, for example.
A little restrained; Rory can really cut loose when she wants to. But excellent singing and playing throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique, overlooked and underrated May 4, 2007
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I have been a fan of Rory's for 20 years or so. This collection of artistry is the only example of something that makes me laugh and cry at the same time. Her love of music, her love of the guitar, her love of singing has never been more pronounced than in this work. Although an outspoken champion of women's rights, I think when it comes to her guitar, Rory would agree that "she love slappin'that bitch silly, and da bitch like it". Hell, I like it. After years of string bending, she finally puts on the silver finger and gives it all she's got. Way to go, Rory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its the real deal. November 10, 2009
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This is the best example of where blues came from and where it is going;its a great ride. Highly recommended.
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