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Silvertone Blues

Joe Louis WalkerAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Kenny's Barrelhouse (Album Version) 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Trouble On Wheels (Album Version) 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Letting Go (Album Version) 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Talk To Me (Album Version) 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Silvertone Blues (Album Version) 4:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Born In Mississippi (Album Version) 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Crying Won't Help You (Album Version) 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. It's You, Baby (Album Version) 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Bad Luck Blues (Album Version) 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: October 5, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B00001X56N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,795 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Silvertone Blues draws from the past for arrangements but is decidedly modern in its musicianship. Walker performs solo piano on "Bad Luck Blues" and solo guitar on "Talk to Me." On the latter, it's easy to hear a full band production but much more exciting to hear it as a man and his guitar. The piano and guitar duets recall classics like Walter Davis, especially "Do the Walkin'" with Kenny Wayne plunking out the barrelhouse; even at six minutes, it stays interesting. Harmonica great James Cotton duets with Walker on three tracks, each spaced through the sequence like a refreshing return to the country. When they slip into "Letting Go" after the full band sound of "Trouble on Wheels," the CD evokes a blues-radio feel. Alvin Youngblood Hart guests on three tracks, weaving intense guitar fabrics with Walker on Robert Nighthawk's "Crying Won't Help You." This album of diverse blues styles proves not only a good introduction to Joe Louis Walker but also to the blues. --Robert Gordon

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5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Park Grand Slam for Joe Louis Walker! October 11, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is the first disc by Joe Louis Walker since his days in the eighties on Hightone Records which captures the feel and raw grit of one man and his guitar singin' and playin' the blues as if his very life depended on it. Great help provided by James Cotton on Harp, but this CD shruggs off the 'over-produced' sound and feel on some of JLW's latest recordings. This disc should give Walker a legit shot at Blues Record of the Year!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slick and Stripped Down September 7, 2002
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Joe Louis Walker continues to amaze with his abilities and feel for the blues. I have been listening to this cd for three years and I never tire of it. First billed as Walker's return to his blues roots, it his version of an acoustic work which so many artists seem to be doing.
When we talk about Walker's roots, it is important to remember that Walker, a native the San Francisco Bay area who was born on Christmas Day in 1949, grew up listening to his parents' blues with artists as BB King and Howlin' Wolf featured. With a firm background in the blues he matured in the Haight-Ashbury era. One of his room mates at the time was blues guitar great Mike Bloomfield. During this period Walker had the opportunity to play with such people as Steve Miller, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Lightning Hopkins, and Earl Hooker among others. Tired from the excesses of the period Walker spent a decade from 1975 to 1985 as a member of a Gospel Music Choir. He returned to the blues in 1985. As one would expect from his roots and influences a roots acoustic album does not have the feel of the Mississippi Delta, but a more sophisticated sound that is reflective of blues, rock and gospel influences.
In addition to the musical influences of Walkers life being showcased on this cd, his skill and ability as a songwriter are also central. Only two songs, Robert Nighthawk's Crying Won't Help You and Sunnyland Slim's It's You Baby are not Walker originals. Walker has the innate ability to simplify and make poignant life, love and the blues through his songwriting. In Change My Ways he vows to "Quit my cussing and scandalizing, too." In Talk to Me, Walker sings "I feel so good like a man in ecstasy... when you talk to me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Louis Walker's appearance on CBS 12/4/99 December 4, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I heard Joe Louis Walker's music for the first time this morning on the CBS Morning Show. I knew after the first two bars (of music) that I would buy this hot blues artist's work. His excellent play on bottleneck electric guitar, and acoustical guitar talent on "Runnin With The Devil" were inspirational and a joy for me to hear. I confess, I'm buying "Silvertone Blues" based on the two songs I heard this morning, but I'll easily take that chance. After what I heard- I am really looking forward to hearing the rest!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Sound of Silvertone October 2, 2003
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Joe Louis Walker's set "Silvertone Blues" is a delight. He's not a purist, combining elements of both rural and urban blues. This set is consistently strong. The opener "Runnin' from the Devil" uses religious imagery with Walker's whooping holler floating to the upper registers. Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne's barrelhouse piano gives a delightful funky feel to the instrumental toe tapper "Kenny's Barrelhouse." My favorite track that fills a slot on my favorite blues tracks compilation is the trad "Do the Walkin'" with Joe's slide guitar weeping on this classic blues, "Sit right down beside me, look me in the eye, how can I convince you woman?, I swear to God I wouldn't lie." "Trouble On Wheels" bounces to a great beat with an electrified Chicago blues sound. Joe Louis plays stutter-style dobro on the trad blues "Talk to Me." The title track is a joyful instrumental. Walker seems to pluck notes that are off the register with his slide guitar on Robert Nighthawk's "Crying Won't Help You." "It's You Baby" is another fine trad blues track. "Silvertone Blues" is a consistently excellent mix of different blues styles with Joe Louis' expressive vocals and guitar pyrotechnics. Enjoy!
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