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Push Comes to Shove

John Hammond Jr., Albert Hammond Jr.Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Back Porch
  • ASIN: B000LSAJ5C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Push Comes to Shove
2. Come On in this House
3. Mean Ol' Lonesome Train
4. If You Wanna Rock & Roll
5. Tore Down
6. Eyes Behind Your Head
7. Butter
8. Heartache Blues
9. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
10. Take a Fool's Advice
11. You Know That's Cold
12. Cold Water

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It's a precious few artists who reinvent themselves at the age of 64, but blues luminary John Hammond proves himself the ultimate untraditional traditionalist as the dozen stellar songs on Push Comes to Shove illustrate. This CD marks an increased output in Hammond's original compositions, he penned five of the CD's 12 songs and there's a bold collaboration with the album's producer, G Love (the innovative and soulful Philly singer/guitarist and longtime Hammond fanatic), in the hip hop-tinged blues of 'Tore Down', as well as a handful of personalized renderings of traditional blues numbers, a musical modus operandi that has earned Hammond multiple Grammy nominations since his 1962 self-titled debut. Since then Hammond has made 31 records and tours year-round, learning from and playing with musical greats and friends including Tom Waits, Muddy Waters, and Michael Bloomfield. Those unparalleled experiences and authenticity shine through brightly on Push Comes to Shove.

If the combination of veteran bluesman John Hammond with contemporary Philly hip-hop/soulman G Love (a.k.a. Garrett Dutton) sends shivers of fear down the spines of blues purists, the duo's collaboration here shows there is nothing to be worried about. Despite differences in age, backgrounds, and styles, they have shared bills and obviously respect each other's talents. Hammond, who has recently dipped his toes into songwriting waters after being solely an interpretive artist for nearly 40 years, jumps into the river with a whopping five originals. Love contributes a few as well, and the result is an album that rocks harder and with more intensity than most artists half Hammond's age can muster. Add covers from Little Walter, Junior Wells, and Tom Waits (Hammond's 2001 release Wicked Grin, comprised predominantly of Waits songs, is one of his biggest sellers), and the result is one of the finest and most diverse discs in the bluesman's bulging catalog. The stripped-down backing band of journeymen including bassist Marty Ballou, ex-Waits drummer Steven Hodges, and keyboardist Bruce Katz provides plenty of sparks with which Hammond--who plays rowdy guitar and sizzling harp throughout--can catch fire. Love adds his harmony vocals and rapping to his own "Tore Down," a near-perfect collision of blues and hip-hop and a song likely to get Hammond crossover acceptance with Dutton's more youthful jam-oriented audience. The jazzy "Eyes Behind Your Head" and a rollicking take on Dion's "If You Want to Rock and Roll" further expand Hammond's reach without either diluting his sound or distancing his core fans. In his mid-60s upon this album's release, he sounds loose, energized, and ready for another 40 years. --Hal Horowitz

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' blues from a master February 1, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Another gut-wrenching, terrific outing for John Hammond. I've been listening to John's music for 30 years, and he just keeps getting better. I saw him at Wolf Trap last night and he was superb. John is best known for his highly original guitar and harmonica takes on the blues classics, both acoustic and electric. Here he expands his repertoire by adding a raunchy "blues meets hip hop" version of the classic "Tore Down" with hip hop artist G. Love that will knock your socks off. First class music from a first class artist.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smokin' From Start to Finish January 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This CD starts out strong and keeps delivering throughout. Gritty at times, persistently engaging and toe tapping. Actually, your whole body is going to be moving as you listen to this one.

Slow walkin/talkin blues at times, with a deep reach for meaning in delivery transitions back to kick-a** blues with gusto.

I'm planning to see John in March (Bath, ME) and this is great preparation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new mono??? March 31, 2007
By jah sky
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've admired John Hammond for almost 39 years now. I'm glad that he's back to using an electric band again. This recording is killer! I think the fact that it was recorded in analog as opposed to digital is what gives it the raw edge.If you like your blues gritty and downright real, you'll love "Push Comes To Shove". Can this analog recording be the new mono for the 21st century? Hope more artists record this's warmer...or in this case...HOT!! This CD and John's recent output remind me of his early electric Vanguard and Atlantic recordings. This guy is an unheralded Americon icon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars surprise! this is good! February 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
While having a few other Hammond discs this one really wants to make you move. I was very impressed with 'Wicked Grin' and 'Ready For Love' prefering the first of the two; but this outing is really rocking, dirty and up front. I like the production on this disc. And again there is the use of a Tom Waits song 'Cold Water'. While Tom's version is slow, this one takes a complete and surprising different twist; nice indeed!! I'm waiting for the next level, if thats possible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Better May 15, 2007
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I think that this is possibly John Hammonds best effort yet,

and I have been listening to him since the 60's. He does some

very different things on this CD, and also writes many of the songs.

It all works out very very well. Friends who are not John Hammond fans

have told me that they also enjoy it very much. A terrific CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Hammond,I Done Got The Blues. July 17, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I didn't realise John Hammond had a new release out.There I was standing in the blues section with a Muddy Waters double cd in my hand at a bargain price of 5 euros.I had 20 euros in my pocket.Just out of the corner of my eye I caught a glimpse of his new release.I bought it,"damn the expense i'll walk it home".It was worth every mile.Exellent cd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice man still rocks May 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
i have no negatives about this cd.. It's good fun... It's not Muddy Waters etc... but that's a hill no one can climb..

Wonderful vocals... way high end guitar... And a fun sense of delivering blues lyrics.... I'm looking forward to seeing John and band on tour soon..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contagious! March 20, 2007
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Push does come to shove on this contagious CD. Love's sauce is nicely poured over Hammond's repast. If you're not in the mood before hearing it, it will undoubtedly put you in the mood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mister heavy hits again
This has been a staple of my listening since I first discovered it shortly after its release. It had been a while since Wicked Grin, which has been one of my favorites for... Read more
Published on March 2, 2009 by P. Opus
4.0 out of 5 stars Straight ahead rockin' blues that really works
John does here what he does best--interpret the blues clearly through up-front 12-bar rhythms and textured licks. I was pleasantly surprised.
Published on September 7, 2008 by Scott A. Ryden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soundAlthough I am not a major Blues fan
Although not a major Blues fan,I could easily be, if all Blues albums had the beat and content of this one!
Published on June 21, 2008 by Stephen Zarbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars It's All New to Me !
I had heard the name "John Hammond" , but never listened to any of his stuff until hearing "Sixteen shells from a 30 ought six " from his "Wicked Grin" CD. Read more
Published on May 1, 2008 by Rdavid Lovett
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Chicago-style blues, good new songs.
I heard this introduced on NPR (All Things Considered) a year ago, and just got it. Its good blues, and I particularly recommend the title cut.
Published on March 27, 2008 by Doctor Who
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Best Blues CDs of 2007
This is a great blues CD. I liked Wicked Grin, but this one rocks and love the harmonica work and tore down with the little bit of rap really works. I was skeptical at first. Read more
Published on December 14, 2007 by Bobby Eff
5.0 out of 5 stars This Kills
I love John Hammond. Not only his instrumental skills but just his charisma as a performer. I think his delivery on this record matches the live performances I've seen him do, and... Read more
Published on June 13, 2007 by James D Kirk Jr
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