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Robben Ford & Blue Line

Robben FordAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John ... Read more in Amazon's Robben Ford Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 15, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grp Records
  • ASIN: B000003N5W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album made the blues exciting for me again! April 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
For a long time I thought the only blues players getting attention were the dime-a-dozen Texas blues wanna-be's whose playing was limited to a handful of Stevie Ray-type licks. Then I picked up a copy of "Robben Ford & the Blue Line" and I realized the melodic potential for the blues. Simply put, this album got me fired up about the blues again. It's filled with some of the most inspiring, exciting blues playing I've heard.
Robben has a jazzman's sensibility and knack for rhythmic phrasing that makes his lines among the most meaningful and memorable I've heard. He's often compared to Eric Johnson. While both players have incredible technique, Robben's playing is more down to earth because of his total commitment to the blues. From the raw, funky rock of "The Brother" to the Memphis-tinged "I'm a Real Man" to the mean shuffle of "Prison of Love," Robben demonstrates that he's a true bluesman who oozes chitlin-circuit-approved mojo.
To me, Robben stands among the giants of melodic guitar today - Larry Carlton, Steve Lukather, and Eric Johnson come to mind. If you're a guitarist who's looking to inspire your blues playing or just a fan of good blues guitar, get this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated masterpeice February 1, 2001
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Found this album ..., played it alot and liked it, but I didn't realize the complete value of the effort until a couple of years later. This is an **excellent** album, well conceived, produced and recorded. His cover of John Hiatt's "I'm a Real Man" is inspired, and is one of my all time Robben Ford favorites. His amp/guitar tone is absolutely killer and his vocals are actually extremely good on this album, contrary to what some might say. The production values are terrific and really let the music shine through. I believe this was recorded at Chick Corea's Mad Hatter Studios in LA, and it shows.
Life Song (the final, instrumental cut on the album - dedicated to his wife) is one of Robben's finest moments on record, done with incredible taste, finesse and soul.
If you like the blues, you simply cannot, cannot go wrong with this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cure For the Common Radio Fodder August 15, 2002
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I first picked up a copy of Robben Ford and the Blue Line in 1993, and it quickly became one of my favorite albums. The trio breathes life into the blues yet makes it sound fresh at the same time. Ford's guitar style fits tracks like "Cut Me To the Bone" and "Tell Me I'm Your Man" perfectly. It's very hard to imagine anyone but Robben Ford playing these songs. The rhythm section is also the perfect complement to Ford's tasteful playing. While tasteful, Ford's guitar playing is definitely not over the top like a lot of today's guitarists. So, if you want a taste of what the modern blues should sound like, do yourself a favor. Put Robben Ford and the Blue Line in your shopping cart.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life Song January 18, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I think there are presently enough reviews here stating that this is album is great. All I can say is that you need to buy this for the final track - "Life Song (One For Annie)". It has some of Robben's most beautiful playing ever - Soulful, powerful and beautiful all at the same time. If you were to buy this album for that song alone, you would not regret your purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robben Ford & the Blue Line November 19, 2009
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Robben Ford & the Blue Line is one of Robben's better works. This particular work was produced in 1992 with Robben on guitar and vocals, Roscoe Beck on electric and acoustic bass, and Tom Brechtlein on "drums and clean sneakers." :)

Robben shines on many of the songs on this CD, especially "The Brother", "You Cut Me To The Bone", "Step On It", "Prison of Love", and "Start It Up".

Robben has the creative ability to sing in between the solos, so that his ideas of singing and playing provide for a more cohesive song.

If compared with Robben's other works, such as "Talk to Your Daughter," I would listen to this album first and then consider his other CDs. "Robben Ford & the Blue Line" has the hallmarks of being an outstanding blues/jazz album, even as understated as Robben's works are.

If you like Robben Ford's style of playing, may I suggest Larry Carlton on "Sapphire Blue" or some of his other works, such as "Firewire".

As regards Robben, Robben has the beautifully softly distorted amp sounds that are never harsh. Since Robben uses a Dumble or similar amp for most of his recording, the sound is a slightly "pushed" overdrive that has just a touch of overdrive to it, not "crunchy" or overly saturated.

Most experienced guitarists know what I describe, but for the person less knowledgeable, the sound that Robben has can succinctly be described as a clean amp sound with very slight distortion, just adding a bit of edge to his songs. Very tastefully done.

I gave Robben Ford & the Blue Line 4 stars because of the good number of interesting and well-devised melodies, chording and tastefully sung vocals. Each song I had mentioned keeps the listener entertained, and isn't that what a well-produced album supposed to do?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Packs a Wallop after almost 15 years April 27, 2006
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Of all of Robben Ford's albums, this is the one I keep coming back to. He's spread out in different directions since then, as any artist or musician with a nagging muse would do, and has done so wonderfully for the most part.

If anyone ever wanted an encyclopedia (read: lesson) of blues-based electric guitar styles embedded in solid songsmanship and tunecraft, this CD is the one to reach for. The guitar playing on this album should set the standard by which all similar efforts are measured. It's solid, melodic, and it soars. The songs are wonderful, and don't wear thin after even years of repeated listening; the guitar playing is dynamic without ever descending into cheap or gratuitous virtuosity, although RF can let it rip as well as anyone when it suits the movement of the music and the spirit of the moment. The solos are both blazingly and subtly alive, amazingly well-constructed, their notes and melody lines seldom predictable yet honoring tradition and never contrived, and I could go on and on ...

Let's just say that when I first saw Robben Ford perform live, shortly before this CD was released, I said to myself, "Somehow, I always knew the guitar could be played like this, and now I've finally heard it". It was a reaction that I also had, in its own unique way, when I saw John Scofield play for the first time that same year. And while Scofield's playing may be the more idiosyncratically intriguing of these two musicians, Ford's playing grabs my heart and guts like no other guitarist ever quite has.

This CD offers a good opportunity to get grabbed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, As Usual
I completely feel like I can never go wrong with one of his albums. Started out with his more recent stuff and now going backwards. It's all good man! Read more
Published 9 months ago by KnifemakerJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Robben Ford is a Lincoln!
Excellent album. I have just started following this artist, and find that each CD is better than the last. Try this if you like bluesy rock. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Team Robins
2.0 out of 5 stars Not For Me
I bought a few recordings after seeing a TV program featuring this artist. I really enjoyed watching him preform. I didn't care for just listening to the recording. Read more
Published 15 months ago by DiK
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great One from the Great One
To me, Robben Ford is a blues/rock guitarist/vocalist without equal. He is always original and tasteful. Count this as among his best offerings.
Published 19 months ago by J. Dietz
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Robben Ford Fan!!
Robben Ford was a drop-in regular at the Musicians Institute of Technology, (Back in the 80's, it was GIT, BIT and PIT in Hollywood, CA), He use to do one-on-one consulting and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Salnu
5.0 out of 5 stars Great player, very humble
This guy is my favorite blues guitarist. He's fresh, talented and a super nice guy as well. I'm a blues bassist and member of the Alabama Jazz & Blues Federation. Read more
Published on February 24, 2008 by Jack Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew?
Perhaps Robben Ford's first and best recording. Don't mistake versatility for imitation...his homage to the Vaughn brothers is genuine and personal. Read more
Published on February 16, 2008 by Trixie Nonyobiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Robben Ford One Hot Guitarist!
I recently had the distinct pleasure of seeing Robben Ford live in Tokyo with the incredible guitarist Larry Carlton at Tokyo Blue Note in Omotesando. Read more
Published on March 10, 2007 by G. S. Bledsoe
5.0 out of 5 stars A-W-E-S-O-M-E
This is the ultimate blues masterpiece for the uninitiated. Very few blues discs possess this power and remain accessible to those who have yet to appreciate the blues venue. Read more
Published on October 3, 2002 by Vance A. Stephenson
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