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Nothing Personal

Delbert McClintonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)


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"Smoking, jumping big-band blues and gospel-rooted '60s soul honed to a razor sharp edge in the Texas juke joints. Jalapeno-hot!"
-- Los Angeles Times

"Breathtaking, hardcore roadhouse rhythm & blues."
--Rolling Stone

Delbert McClinton proudly defies classifications. His music blends his Texas roots with roadhouse rock, juke-joint blues, Memphis ... Read more in Amazon's Delbert McClinton Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Label: New West
  • ASIN: B00005AKB6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

1. Livin' It Down
2. Gotta Get It Worked On
3. When Rita Leaves
4. Squeeze Me In
5. Birmingham Tonight
6. Baggage Claim
7. All Night Long
8. Don't Leave Home Without It
9. Desperation
10. Nothin' Lasts Forever
11. Read Me My Rights
12. All There Is Of Me
13. Watchin' The Rain

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Winner of a Grammy Award as Best Blues Album of 2001 --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Like many other senior bluesmen, Delbert McClinton is getting back to basics: Nothing Personal, his first album for New West, is the raw, stripped-down sort of material that sounds best when you know it comes from experience. It is this sense of things seen and done that pervades every track, and which prevents songs like "When Rita Leaves" and "Don't Leave Home Without It" from lapsing into sentimentality. The more emotional, personal numbers--the album's title notwithstanding, this is a highly personal album--are balanced with high-energy material, though even these songs, such as "Livin' It Down," have a serious thing or two to say. McClinton also neatly avoids several clichés. Take, for instance, "Nothing Lasts Forever," which has, as a theme, the necessity of living life to the fullest without burning yourself out. One might expect such a song to be an uptempo rocker. Instead, it moves along at an easy, swinging pace, the musical personification of following a path of moderation. Nothing Personal is full of little touches and techniques like this, moving out of the realm of merely good, and into the ranks of art. --Genevieve Williams --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delbert McClinton's Still Got It! March 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Delbert McClinton may never record a truly great album, but he's come close a couple of times, but he'll never make a bad one. The sixty-year-old Texan has been making music for forty years, and if his blend of classic rhythm & blues, country, and rock & roll is not highly original, its never less than believable and sincere. Blessed with a solid set of pipes, McClinton is still one of the finest white r&b singers of the last few decades. He also plays a mean harmonica (He gave pointers on the instrument to a young John Lennon in 1962, prior to the recording of the Beatles' first single).
"Nothing Personal" is one of the best albums of McClinton's long career. He wrote or co-wrote all thirteen songs, with the opening "Livin' It Down," "When Rita Leaves" and "Birmingham Tonight" this listener's favorites. There is no groundbreaking music here, but that's besides the point. Most artists would be glad to make music this gritty, real and fun at any point in their careers.
The closest that Delbert McClinton ever came to a hit single was over two decades ago, when " Givin' It Up For Your Love" almost climbed the charts. Given current tastes, nothing here is going to change that. Delbert has also had bad luck with record companies, as several have folded or reorganized with McClinton's latest recording barely on the streets. He's on a new, independent label with "Nothing Personal" and I'll keep my fingers crossed for him.
Certainly McClinton's fans will want to own this, but anyone who enjoys well-crafted, soulful r&b and rock will enjoy "Nothing Personal."
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barroom Boogie March 27, 2001
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Delbert McClinton has been so good for so long, he should get an award for musical consistency. This CD takes us back to the bar where the smoke is thick & the music's hot. "Living it Down" starts the CD with a hot rocker. Delbert sings, "Sometimes you get the honey, sometimes all you get is the sting." A funky tune that bounces as much as rocks comes next in "Gotta Get It Worked On." "When Rita Leaves" is a tear-in-your-beer country lament laced with Spanish guitar: "Rita left with everything but the one red dress I liked." We get a little honky tonk boogie on "Squeeze Me In." Kevin McKendree burns the keyboards with his hot piano. Delbert joined Iris DeMent on her last CD, "The Way I Should"; she returns the favor with a good supporting vocal in the sad country song "Birmingham Tonight." "Baggage Claim" is a slow lusty tune with Todd Sharp's guitar sounding like a dizzy Duane Eddy. You'll want to hit the repeat button on this one. "All Night Long" is another full-tilt rocker recouting a love affair where they "did everything from A to Z." "Don't Leave Home Without It" is an almost elegiac declaration of love. Delbert hits a slow bluesy groove in "Desperation" where the girl is "devil & angel, hand in hand." "Nothing Lasts Forever" maintains the blues mood while picking up the tempo as Delbert advises, "have a good time & try to string a few together." "Read Me My Rights" slows us back down with Kevin McKendree's mournful organ & McClinton's soulful inquiry, "Do you still love me or am I just wastin' my time? Read more ›
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why are we limited to 5 stars? March 13, 2001
By Tim
Format:Audio CD
After Delbert's last album (One of the Fortunate Few), I didn't think it was possible to get any better.
I was wrong!
Nothing Personal is DMac at his best, and it is nothing BUT personal - you have to live life to sing the blues, and our man sings and writes like he's been rode hard and put away wet. When Rita Leaves will probably get the most attention (and it deserves attention) but don't overlook the pure Delbert lyrics on Livin' It Down, or gems like Birmingham Tonight, Read Me My Rights, or my sleeper-pick, Don't Leave Home Without It.
This is beautiful sound and as real as it gets.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If this music doesn't get to you, you may be dead March 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Why is this music not more popular? This should be a million-seller.
Delbert could have taken the easy route and done a remake of his critically acclaimed "One of the Fortunate Few."
But had he done that, he wouldn't be Delbert.
Instead, he takes a look at life, love, relationships, hardship and triumph, and tells his stories over some of the finest honky-tonk and blues you'll ever hear.
When he sings "Squeeze Me In," you can visualize Delbert on the phone, trying to get through to his sweetie, and the frustration of not being able to.
When he sings about getting to Birmingham tonight, you know, without a doubt, this is a man who needs some lovin'.
When he sings about lost love in "When Rita Leaves," you know he's a man who, in spite of having dodged a bullet in a relationship, his heart remains heavy and his life is empty.
Delbert makes you feel joy and pain like no one since Robert Johnson.
The musicianship on this record is beyond professional and beyond inspired. Kevin McKendree is simply, the finest pianist in popular music today and Todd Sharp plays some slammin' Texas blues guitar.
Delbert himself lays claim to some of the best blues harp in the world and as usual, his singing is incredible. How one voice could have so much soul in it is a mystery of the ages.
Delbert McClinton is simply, an unsung National Treasure.
Quite simply, if this music doesn't get to you, make you laugh, cry, sing and dance, check your pulse. You may be dead.
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Published 29 days ago by Steve Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD !!!
CD was exactly as described. Very, very satisfied with it & LOVE the songs Delbert McClinton has on the CD.
Published 5 months ago by Paula Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Delbert is awesome!!!!
We love Delbert. I already had the CD, but wanted instant access on my Kindle and Android. Great a musician and even greater human being...
Published 6 months ago by Carole Laughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I listen to this a lot. Usually while driving (great road CD). Delbert writes clever lyrics that you can listen to over and over and appreciate more each time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alan Huneke
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Personal CD Review by Delbert McClinton
I love Delbert Mclintons mucic and wish to own ever CD he ever recorder, that is on my to do wish. This Cd was just one that was really rocked. Thanks DMC. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Janice E. Beauvais
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful surprise
Bought this for one song recommended by a friend. The whole disc is great. ±I play it over and over agaoin.
Published 14 months ago by MLMStrick1
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music, good humor, good feeling.
I've really enjoyed listening to this country blues album. I was unfamiliar with McClinton before getting the album except for a couple of radio plays which made me sit up and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by The OC
5.0 out of 5 stars D
He is the best! Blues, rock and roll, he can sing it all and do it well. Also love his harmonica.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
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