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Johnny Copeland, Robert Cray, Albert CollinsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B0000009YB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. T-Bone Shuffle
2. The Moon Is Full
3. Lion's Den
4. She's Into Something
5. Bring Your Fine Self Home
6. Black Cat Bone
7. The Dream
8. Albert's Alley
9. Blackjack

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Call it three for the price of one. Far from engaging in a guitar-playing shootout, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland work together incredibly well, achieving a kind of musical synergy that's rarely heard. Copeland and Cray handle most of the vocal duties, and Cray's smooth, soul-tinged voice (positively shiver-eliciting on "The Dream," as is Collins's lead guitar work) complements Copeland's growl perfectly. Collins doesn't get to sing as much, but he more than makes up for it with his harmonica on the slow blues "Bring Your Fine Self Home." And of course, all three turn in stellar guitar work, trading solos and rhythm parts with the greatest of ease; Cray was a relative newcomer at the time of this recording, but he more than holds his own. One would be hard pressed to find a better blues collaboration anywhere. --Genevieve Williams

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Old Pros and an Upcoming Star November 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland were two of the pioneers of Texas blues, and major influences to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. These two guys work their magic on this CD, and bring on a young bluesman named Robert Cray. These guys just seem to have fun with this CD, never trying to outdo each other. Great riffs in the leadoff track "T-Bone Shuffle", harmonica on "Bring Your Fine Self Home", lyrics in "Black Cat Bone" (hear Johnny Copeland yelling "Hey Albert!") and the last track "Blackjack" where each does a tremendous guitar solo. Cray, of course, is now a major talent in his own right, and Johnny Copeland lives on in a way in his daughter Shemekia Copeland's music, but here is a playful, low-key yet powerful, piece of work from some of the masters of electric blues. Highly recommended for serious blues fans.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues guitar heaven June 28, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's nothing short of awesome to hear these three guitar greats come together. Albert Collins was one of the BEST blues guitarists in the world. Any recording which features him is going to be worthwhile. Robert Cray is very good too and has a wonderful voice. Johnny Copeland contributes some nice vocals and guitar licks, but I'm not as familiar with him as I am Albert and Robert. There are only two downsides to this wonderful CD. First, the sound quality isn't as good as it could be. It definitely sounds its age. I know that Alligator is not a huge record label, but it would be nice if they could remaster and rerelease some of their titles such as this one. Second drawback is that the album is too short! It's so good that you don't want it to end. It's not much longer than half an hour. But it is good stuff. If you like guitar-based blues, BUY this CD!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love the Blues this CD is a MUST HAVE!!!! July 18, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One word, EMOTION, just listen to Blackjack I felt what Albert was trying to say. All other tracks on this CD are a diverse showing of each guitarist's talents. I've had it for years & I still crank it now & then. This is the real deal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're into something ! September 20, 2000
By Ozzie
Format:Audio CD
A great CD by 3 blues-giants, this album won a Grammy for the best blues album. Albert Collins had been brought to the very top of contemporary blues through his recordings for the Alligator-label, while Johnny Copeland hadn't quite received the response his talent deserved. Robert Cray was perhaps an odd choice for this group, for when this album was recorded in 1985, he wasn't really the big name he was to become a mere year later. But an inspired choice it turned out to be ! The tunes have been carefully picked to bring out the vast talent these men had. The 3 men take turns playing a solo and singing the vocals. As all 3 have a distinct style, both when it comes to singing as when it comes to playing the guitar, this is a well-varied album, which fans of modern Texas blues should really love !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Collaboration November 29, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to this effort for over a decade and it still sounds good. It's hard to imagine that these guys hadn't worked together for years. Many collaborative efforts come off as contrived. This comes off smooth and natural. The combination of Collins' guitar and Cray's voice on "The Dream" is spine-tingling. "Black Cat Bone" is another favorite.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential. January 12, 2009
Format:MP3 Music
For casual blues fans who feel a little of this style of music goes a long way, this grammy winner is definitely worth your money. In fact, this is probably one of 10 cds that anyone remotely interested in the blues should have. It's a great example of modern-era blues. Production quality is high. C C & C definitely bring their A-game. It has enough grit to feel real without all the bad phonics associated with older artists; on the other hand, it's not polished, slick and soul-less, the way so much modern-era, dare i say, formulaic blues tracks can sound (especially to us casual blues fans).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Showdown Throwdown December 13, 2012
Format:Audio CD
A young Robert Cray and two blues masters provide total entertainment while amusing themselves in public. Now that only Robert remains to carry on, this particular document grows in importance. Sadly, Albert and Johnny are no longer residents upon this plane of existence, but this recording demonstrates that they were always only "just visiting" us mere mortals. All three guitarists have done better and more significant work before and later, but they did not do it in this configuration, and even sadder they never will again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars awesome cd July 19, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
i enjoy this cd. i took this cd on a road trip across country and thoroughly enjoyed it cant wait to go again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest Blues CD Ever!
The finest blues CD I've ever owned! Three great guitarists joined together to make a superb mix of blues stylings. This compilation was also very well recorded. Read more
Published 10 months ago by J. Cronin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !
An excellent blues album reuniting three fine guitarists. Well structured, profound blues melodic line doubled by excellent guitar rhythms ans solos. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Adrian Anghel
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding!
What a great collection of blues talent!..The guitar riffs and vocals are fantastic! owned it for twpo days and listened to it three times.
Published 18 months ago by Arthur E. Bohlmann
5.0 out of 5 stars A Young Slinger and His Peers
Albert Collins-Guitar Harmonica and vocals
Robert Cray-Guitar and vocals
Johnny Copeland-Guitar and vocals

Plus Allen Batts-Organ, Johnny Gayden-Bass and Casey... Read more
Published 22 months ago by To The Max"Bax"
5.0 out of 5 stars A showdown of friendly guitar fire!
While the concept of the `all-star' album has been around since the advent of recorded music, the truth is that over the years very few of them have delivered aurally what they may... Read more
Published on July 5, 2011 by Ange Tsibo
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Is You ?????
I think Don King listens to this CD to straighten his hair,, If the tracks these three men lay down doesn't make your hair stand on ends,, well then Who is You ???
Published on June 21, 2011 by R. Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Showdown
I Already Have this Fine as Frog Hair BLUES Cd But saw it contained the Late Albert Collins Last Song Something to Remember you By I Had to get it Again Still a D F Cd Thanks
Published on April 18, 2011 by Blueslover
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best
I cant believe I didnt have this in my collection before now. Every song is very good. This is a true gem with 3 greats together.
Published on October 18, 2010 by ggsr56
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Stratcats and Telecats
I cut out and kept a magazine review of Showdown! for about 6 years before I finally picked it up. To (loosely) quote the reviewer, "Whoever got these three guys together in the... Read more
Published on June 1, 2007 by J. Finkler
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues Guitar at it's very best
A wonderful mix of two old Texas slingers and a youngin',sharing, stomping' and blastin' the blues like nobody else. Read more
Published on April 23, 2007 by J.L. Smith
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