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Lead Me On

Kelly Joe PhelpsAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 29, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: July 1, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Burnside
  • ASIN: B000003BMJ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,631 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I've Been Converted
2. Hard Time Killin' Floor Blues
3. Where Do I Go Now
4. Love Me Baby Blues
5. Lead Me On
6. Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
7. Leavin' Blues
8. Marking Stone Blues
9. The Black Crow Keeps On Flying
10. I'd Be A Rich Man
11. Someone To Save Me
12. Motherless Children
13. Fare Thee Well
14. We Got To Meet Death One Day (Bonus Track)
15. Ever Be Here Again (Bonus Track)

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"With his cloudy intonation and sensually nonchalant vocal delivery in sharp contrast to the glasslike clarity of his guitar picking, Phelps puts across a strong program dominated by original tunes." -- DownBeat [****]

Product Description

Phelps' debut outing contains 12 songs: six originals and six covers of the blues players who have influenced him. Playing the acoustic Dobro-style and using hand slaps on the body of the guitar and a wooden stomp box as his only percussion, Kelly Joe br.Burniside records.2004

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues, yes; but entirely KJP May 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I read a review of KJP's "Slingshot Professionals" recently that referred to his early work on "Lead Me On" as that of a "blues imitator". I've also seen more than a few reviews that talk about how successfully he channels the old-time country blues masters on this work.

Honestly, I don't understand that. There are some traditional blues numbers on here, and all the songs owe an obvious debt to the form, but the thing that makes Kelly Joe so great is that everything, _everything_ he plays sounds like his own, and like no one else in the world could even try it. He's not necessarily better than other lap-style slide performers of traditional blues (although frequently, he really _is_ better); but there's really no one else like him.

So who will like this recording? Well if you've enjoyed his other work, you. Country blues purists may actually be put off by his style at first, but I think it'll grow on you in a hurry. For what it's worth, I have a friend whose favorite bands are Tool and Primus (although he's also a fan of Bela Fleck), and even he liked this one. For what it's worth, I like Tool and Primus, too, although I'm pretty omnivorous, musically.

Now more general comments. First of all, the sound quality on this CD is possibly the best recording of an acoustic guitar I've ever heard: the sound just shimmers. Second, is the singing. Kelly Joe Phelps has a voice like good scotch -- beautiful tone, expressive dynamic range and rough in all the right places, without sounding the least bit phony.

And then there's the guitar playing. It's hard to know what to say about this except that technically, Phelps probably doesn't have any peers in this genre.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take me Lord, I'm ready now . . . February 20, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most profound blues experiences possible. One smoky voiced man playing a fretless slide six string on his lap, stomping on a box . . . beautiful -- ready to go to God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you've ever known loneliness... February 18, 2000
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Kelly Joe Phelp's first offering is his most simple and most formulaic...but this is not a criticism! In 'Lead Me On', KJP plays lap-style blues with frightening soul and precision, consistently hitting a husky, mournful mid-range with his vocals as he evokes memories of distant tragedies, solitude, aimlessness, fatigue and loss. Okay - not the most optimistic outlook, but the music resounds with such profound nostalgia and lonely beauty that one can't help but drown in it, occasionally glimpsing one's own reflection amidst Kelly Joe's laments. It is interesting to see that his words will often merge and blend with each other, so that he sings much of the albumn vocalising feelings and moods as opposed to words. Kelly Joe strums up a lonely place caught between the memories of the past and the morbid certainty of the future. As with every good tragedy, this place is felt so acutely and portrayed with such empathy, that one can't help but join him in there, where the pain is addictive because it is also our own... Formulaic, yes - Kelly Joe bangs out every track on the same guitar with the same voice in the same mood with the similar patterns and progressions employed every time. But when you're dealing with a formula this powerful, I think it would be worse to risk changing it. For anyone who can see beyond the gloss - an essential.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This is an amazing album. It's been on heavy rotation since I got it 2 weeks ago. I typically like singer/songwriters such as Elliott Smith, Jeff Tweedy,Son Volt, Ryan Adams, etc...and shied away from Kelly Joe Phelps because I thought he was a "Blues" musician. Boy was I totally wrong.
A friend of mine turned me on to the Burnside Records "lead Me On" 15 year edition and I was floored from the first song to the last. The sound quality of the recording is incredible, warm, open, natural and totally realistic.
That said, as great as the sound is, it pales in comparison to the songwriting. It is honest, soulful, gut wrenching, hopeful and real. The acoustic lap slide guitar is a cross between a pedal steel and an acoustic 6 string and its melody lines flow and intertwine with the vocals harmonies and melody.
On top of all that, Kelly Joe Phelps has a great voice and is a stellar songwriter. If this CD came out today and Kelly Joe Phelps was in his twenties it would be a huge indie/alternative country album. if you are a fan of great music, you MUST pick this CD up!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! July 16, 2001
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If you like any other Kelly Joe Phelps recordings, you'll love this. Think of Lead Me On as stripped down, raw and beautiful. As always his playing is amazing , setting the style for his success. Don't forget his voice like sandpaper and honey. I would recomend this for anyone who likes the blues.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mez mer rizing February 3, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
As a local blues DJ in Portland Or, I had the great pleasure to introduce this gentleman at our local Rose Festival in '94. The guy had no tape, no CD, no press package and was just starting to make an impact on the local coffee house circut of all things. But once introduced and onstage, you knew this voice and eclectic "lap" guitar player was on his way. That doesn't happen often. This CD was the result of very little time in those coffee houses. We all knew what we had here in the northwest. This is a must for your blues collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Acoustic Blues Guitar CD
I discovered Kelly Joe Phelps' music a few months ago when I borrowed a copy of his Brother Sinner And The Whale CD from my local public library. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars can't believe i never heard of this guy before!!
can't believe i never heard of this guy before!! definitely soulful tunes!! you can hear the feelings in the music!!
Published 2 months ago by Quentin D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inexpensive Phone Charger
A food in expensive charger. Works well and beats buying at Verizon or Best Buy. A good addition to your suitcase.
Published 5 months ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Shot of the Blues
Kelly Joe Phelps gives the world hope that the blues genre will live on and thrive. I've never followed the new group of blues players that closely b/c I've often felt that they... Read more
Published 19 months ago by sprint
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing slide guitar & vocals!
Kelly Joe Phelps is as good a slide player that I have heard. If you like old style delta & country blues you will love this c.d.
Check out some live stuff on utube.
Published 21 months ago by D. Welborn
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
I love all of KJP, but this first one is so pure, so lonesome, so moving. It's been played hundred of times. There's no one like him.
Published on June 23, 2012 by Ellen Deller
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
heard KJP first on pandora radio on my delta blues channel. very memorable dreamy vocals and deft guitar playing so I bought this CD and very happy with it. Read more
Published on July 23, 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars music flows through him
i rate this album up there with joni mitchells 'blue'. its one of those albums that just captures a moment in time when an artist seems to just eminate music from within. Read more
Published on March 23, 2010 by higher primate
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like blues, you must own this
Amazing album. His soul is printed on every song. The guitar and his voice are one. Like blues? Get this. You will not be dissapointed..
Published on October 12, 2008 by Z. goldberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is a classic album that no fan of Kelly Joe Phelps should miss collecting. It is becoming rare and difficult to find. Kelly at his very best.
Published on September 1, 2008 by xrn
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