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As the adopted son of the late harp master George "Harmonica" Smith, Clarke has familial instinct for conveying pain and loss through his visceral cadences. The songs, built on swing or postwar Delta rhythms, breathe a certain vitality as he and his friends perform attractive originals and versions of James Oden's "Soon Forgotten" and Nat Adderley's "The Work Song." His improving vocals are fillers while we await the harp commentaries. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

1. Pawnshop Bound
2. Trying To Stretch My Money
3. Educated Fool
4. Going Down This Highway
5. I Know You're Fine
6. Driving My Life Away
7. Chasin' The Gator
8. With A Tear In My Eye
9. It's Been A Long Time
10. Work Song
11. I Feel Like Jumping
12. Soon Forgotten

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 20, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B000000A08
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. J. Cook on December 19, 2008
Format: Audio CD
CLARKE IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BLUESHARP MEN. ON THIS CD CLARKE DISPLAYS HIS VERSATILITY ON THE HARP BY PLAYING IN BOTH OLDER (SONNY BOY, ETC.) AND CONTEMPORARY (HEAVY AMPED) STYLES. HE HAS A GREAT VOICE TOO. HIS UNIQUE SOUND IS FAT AND MUFFLED. HIS STYLE IS SIMPLE AND DIRECT TO THE POINT. HE REALLY SHINES ON SLOW BLUES. THIS IS NOT MY FAVORITE CD BY CLARKE, BUT IT DOES SHOW HIS VERSATILITY AS A HARPIST. CHECK IT OUT. JERSEY SLIM
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Greene on July 18, 2013
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Had this CD a few years ago until it got destroyed.
Listening to it again and its still fantastic, it really picks me up and swings me along.
He's not trying to sound like he's from the Delta, nor from Chicago (tho' he can play these styles too), instead
he plays his harp more like a trumpet, getting that big band swing going.
Good songs too, and he can sing them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chris on May 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I'm a big blues fan and have been experimenting with some harp recordings. This guy is great...alittle singing, alittle guitar, alittle harp and some real well written blues. I like the fact that he doesn't showboat by taking over with the harp solos. I will own every one of his recordings. "Blues fans will love it!"
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bete Noire on February 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The late great California blues harmonica master shines brilliantly on this collection of tunes released by Alligator in 1992,showing that he was considered an original and an innovator during his lifetime for a very serious reason.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Davis on May 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is the late William Clarke's first and best album. Clarke's harp is certainly the strength of the songs with styles varying from blues, swing, rock and sometimes touching on jazz. His vocals are also a feature as is the guitar of Alex Schultz and the drums of Lee Campbell. My favourites are the slows mood blues of 'Going down this highway' and 'Its been a long time' which highlight how good a harp man he was. The track 'Pawnshop bound' also features superb up tempo harmonica.
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