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Somebody Loan Me a Dime [Vinyl]

Fenton RobinsonVinyl
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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When Alligator Records signed Fenton Robinson in 1974, he was one of the unsung heroes of Chicago blues. With his subtle, probing guitar and soaring voice, he represented the smoother side of the city's blues sound. In fact, though he originally came from Mississippi, Fenton's style had more in common with the swinging Texas string-benders than his Delta contemporaries. His elaborate ... Read more in Amazon's Fenton Robinson Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Alligator
  • ASIN: B00008EN5B
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,383 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Somebody Loan Me a Dime
2. The Getaway
3. Directly from My Heart to You
4. Going to Chicago
5. You Say You're Leaving
6. Checking on My Woman
7. You Don't Know What Love Is
8. I've Changed
9. Country Girl
10. Gotta Wake Up
11. Texas Flood

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL March 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Fenton Robinson was one of the most promising blues artists of the 70's. With a beautiful voice and guitar style he had it all to hit it big. But despite releasing several very fine albums his career never took off, mainly because his style did not appeal to the mass blues fan base who wanted it all to sound like SRV or Johnny Winter. Though he was based in Chicago, his style was jazzier and owed more to T-Bone Walker than Muddy Waters, making even more distinct. After releasing a pair of disappointing albums for 77 Records he went to Alligator Records to record this, his finest album and one of the best blues albums of the 70's. He co-produced with Bruce Igauler and they got the perfect sound and feel for what was needed for a Fenton Robinson. The backing band is terrific, which includes Mighty Joe Young, who contributes very fine and unobtrusive rhythm guitar. The song's are varied, including several terrific slow blues ("Somebody Loan Me A Dime", "Directly From My Heart To You") to more up-tempo numbers ("The Getaway", "You Don't Know What Love Is"). There are a few well chosen covers as well, including his friend Larry Davis's "Texas Flood" and the classic "Going To Chicago". Throughout Fenton's smooth guitar playing and rich vocals are out front, definitely making him the star of the album.

This is an essential blues album, though it has not garnered the attention it deserves despite being as good as it is. Fenton died in 1997, and so this album is the best way to remember this truly great and under-recognized blues master.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal June 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Although I had heard of Fenton Robinson, I was not familiar with his music. Somebody Loan Me a Dime was indeed a great "find." People, listen, this is the real deal. This is classic Chicago blues. The vocals are amazing, the guitar playing is laid back and beautiful and the backing band is first rate. This is what blues should be and what it isn't, anymore. There is a great mix of minor key tunes, shuffles and swing and Fenton pullls off these different styles with class. He somehow perfected a sweet-gruffness to his singing - it is hard to describe, but it is very effective. He can, vocally, hold a note/line a long time and it sounds great. His guitar playing is a model of what should be done by a professional musician. It is understated, jazzy and very bluesy. There is no distortion, reverb or overdrive - just straight ahead playing. I've read a lot about how Buddy Guy can't get on mainstream radio, and that is very true. Guy's solution is to play a lot of rock and roll and with a lot of noise. Listen, Guy is entitled. But blues music, of any kind, will never get much mainstream radio support. It makes more

sense to stick to what is true to the art form. If there are any kids reading this, who are interested in playing electric blues, Buy this CD. Not to copy it, per se, but to see how it is done. All the Robillard's amd Earl's will never match this for originality and powerful vocals.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have! October 13, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Fenton left us late last year - he will be sorely missed. Brilliant in his own right, masterful in both recordings and live venues (Fenton rarely performed live). This album is simply phenomenal. Want to feel the blues? Down to the deepest depths of your soul? Get this CD! A must have for any appreciator of music - blues or otherwise.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blues original June 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Fenton Robinson was a bluesman with country grit and city sophistication at the same time. This is the album on which it all came together.

As I write this review, all the Customer Reviews are five star. I completely agree.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the All-Time Best Blues Records - by Who??? September 22, 1998
Format:Audio CD
While Chicago has an impeccable list of blues giants, not many of those lists include Mississippi born, Fenton Robinson. On "Somebody Loan Me a Dime" Fenton blends incredibly tasteful guitar work, soulful vocals and a silky smooth funk groove, into a perfect blues experience. A mandatory addition to any blues catalog.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great less-known blues CD January 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I never heard of this guy, but after listening to this CD for a day, I ordered all of his others. Good stuff for sure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rot gut blues! December 25, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This CD arrived and I was not sure what to expect, but it fulfilled my best hopes at the true sound of rhythm and blues.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep'n The Blues Alive
Sweet Blues !
Fenton lays down some Good stuff, a blues man indeed !
Hopefully the kids will find this and another Blues revival will start !!!
Published 9 months ago by Chris Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars SOMEBODY LOAN ME A DIME
Published 16 months ago by Jennifer W. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars A different side of Chicago Blues...
I used to listen to Somebody Loan me a Dime when I was a teenager and then lost the cd. Now in my 30s, rediscovering this on Spotify brings back my initial impression. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Edward M. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, authentic Chicago Blues.
When I think of Alligator Records, I typically associate that label with fairly modern, often times "slick" recordings featuring modern production approaches to modern... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mike Hogeorges
5.0 out of 5 stars Robinson Unknown Blues Legend
No need rehashing Fenton Robinson's life story nor his credits. Suffice to say, this is one of the best blues albums you will find. Read more
Published on June 12, 2010 by Timothy N. Stelly Sr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Go out and buy it
Up there with "Live at the Regal". A can't miss record. When I put this on, people who don't like the blues tap their feet and ask me what I'm playing.
Published on March 8, 2004
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