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Otis Rush is considered one of the grand masters of Chicago's West Side blues sound. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, along with Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, Mighty Joe Young and the young Luther Allison, Rush created a guitar-driven style that inspired generations of aspiring bluesmen. His soaring, emotional guitar playing and his equally stunning vocal delivery have made him a legend of ... Read more in Amazon's Otis Rush Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B0000005O7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This contemporary album by Otis Rush challenges the brilliance of his 1950s work for Cobra. Recorded in 1971 for Capitol but unissued until 1976, when the tiny Bullfrog label rescued the project, the album has Rush backed by a driving combo with three horns on searing revivals of "Tore Up" and "Natural Ball," a tortured "Your Turn to Cry," and the intense title track. The Chicago great's vibrato-laden guitar work is mesmerizing, his vocals impassioned, and his band combative. (B.D.) -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

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In a few words: this is one of the best blues albums of all time.
Blues Bro
This is the type of blues CD that you rarely hear recorded anymore.
Jerry D. Rosen
It features Otis' brilliant guitar playing and impassioned vocals.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By tin2x on June 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
OK, Otis Rush is my favorite and of all his studio work this is his most legendary, but with VERY GOOD REASON! If you like the blues and you don't know Otis Rush yet, do yourself a favour and buy this album. It features Otis' brilliant guitar playing and impassioned vocals. In Robert Palmer's Deep Blues the legendary Muddy Waters says that Otis has a voice like the old timers, and his guitar playing helped inspire Clapton early on. Otis' gutar cuts and weaves through these tracks, and his voice is warm and impassioned. Check out his version of "Rainy Night In Georgia" which deserves to be more famous than Brook Benton's. I think it's the albums hidden gem, because many of Otis' signature tunes that he still plays live to this day take up the rest of the album. Stop reading and buy it!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Sohi on December 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Otis Rush is one of the greatest singers and guitarists in the history of the blues. "Right Place, Wrong Time" is his unmistakeable masterpiece, far surpassing the Cobra recordings, his initial reputation was built on, and setting a standard he unfortunately never quite reached again. Over ten songs (four of which are originals) he conveys a lifetime of sadness, pain and passion through his tasteful guitar playing and soulful singing. When he sings "they say there's someone for everybody/ Ooooh I wonder where in the world is the one for me," on the title track it's the poetry of loneliness brought to life. The final song "Take a Look Behind" is one of the most moving songs about the regret over a life badly lived in all the blues. There isn't a dud on here though. Every track is a thing of beauty.

I first bought this album on vinyl in the 80s and nearly wore it out. The CD I replaced it with continues to get plenty of air time on my home stereo. No blues collection can be complete without this disk.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jostein Berntsen on August 18, 2000
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Otis Rush is a marvellous blues guitarist and singer, and this may be his best album. It is certainly one of my most played album through the years. All songs here are classics. Otis Rush's great vocals and lyrics soars through the record, with beautiful, tormenting guitar licks by the man. The band is also very good, led by Nick Gravenites, and with fine horn arrangements. This is some of the most authentic soul blues you will ever hear. My top songs are 'Right Place, Wrong time' and 'Take a look behind'. This one should be on your stereo.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sui Juris on July 1, 2004
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From a fellow guitarist's perspective, this album is a masterpiece. The well-placed silence between mesmerizing, shimmering guitar licks is deafening. Otis is masterful at telling a story or setting a mood with the confluence of his anguished singing, espressive guitar-playing, and impeccable timing. What sets him apart from other, perhaps flashier, guitarists, is the patience he shows while telling a story---i.e., the spaces between guitar playing, the patience in holding a note. His phrasing on the guitar is simply hypnotic. One of his secrets is that he puts on a silky-smooth vibrato while deftly bending the string---a difficult task for many.
I wish more current blues musicians played like this---less busy noise going-on,...
His other indispensable studio album is "Cold Day in Hell," which has even sparser, intense playing, and perhaps a better, upfront tone.
For a great LIVE album of Otis, I would suggest TOPS, or else LIVE IN EUROPE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jerry D. Rosen on October 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Rush's Right Place, Wrong Time is one of the greatest modern era blues recordings and may be the best electric blues album recorded after 1970. It starts off with the best cover I have ever heard of Ike Turner's Tore Up. Rush's soloing on this tune is amazing in its fire and creativity. Rush is a master of getting a hook and taking it as far as it will go. He follows this with the song that that the CD is named after; it is a classic "West Side" of Chicago tune that makes excellent use of the horn section and shows that a slow blues can be dynamic and spiced up. Rush includes an instrumental cover of I Wonder Why which smokes. This is the type of blues CD that you rarely hear recorded anymore. Rush can solo with anybody, but he is original and he gets the fire from his passion and not from volume or from playing a million notes. I put this album in the same league as Magic Sam's West Side Soul, which is my favorite studio album of all time. It is a mystery as to why Rush hasn't received more acclaim and it is a travesty that this album didn't get a big push from a major label. Every tune on it is a classic. Buy it!!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Recorded in the early '70s, this album features the master note-bender with an excellent accompanying band. Together with his '50s Cobra and '60s Vanguard and Atlantic recordings, this is a classic Chicago blues guitar collection, in the tradition of Earl Hooker, Buddy Guy and Magic Sam.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on March 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This 1971 Capitol Records session was almost not released at all. Chicago blues guitarist and singer extraordinaire Otis Rush cut "Right Place, Wrong Time" in February of that year, and Capitol immediately decided against issuing it. It sucked, apparently. And Capitol knew about music, you see; they didn't like the Beatles and tampered heavily with their records, they refused to sign the Doors because Jim Morrison had absolutely no stage presence (!), and they cut three songs from the US version of Pink Floyd's "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" for no good reason whatsoever.

"Right Place, Wrong Time" was only saved because Capitol allowed Otis Rush's production company to buy the tapes and have them issued on P-Vine in Japan and on the tiny Bullfrog label in the USA (the CD has come out on Hightone). And it's good to have this album, a very welcome addition to Rush's sparse legacy.
To me, these are not his best sides...those would be his classic Cobra recordings from the 50s. It is not even his best post-60s album. But it is still the great Otis Rush in his prime, and that means that it is head and shoulders above most other blues records of the 70s.

The production is a little flat, which is surprising since it was undertaken by Rush himself and by Nick Gravenites, and while Otis Rush's strong, expressive voice and sizzling guitar playing is right there at the forefront, the rest of the band wasn't treated as well by the producers.
But said sizzling guitar playing is top-notch. Rush is backed by an excellent combo which includes a three-piece horn ensemble, and the horns are very well scored, providing a terrific counterpoint to Rush's edgy lead guitar.
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