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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B000000A0V
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
First and foremost, this is great party music: Almost every track is in the "jump blues" style, upbeat and eminently danceable, with some traces of jazz guitar that add to the fun. Superb ensemble playing throughout, humorous lyrics, and the band's obvious enjoyment make this stand above the rest of the (now popular) jump/swing blues bands.
Vocals are easy on the ears and unpretentious, mostly performed in a tongue-in-cheek style (although track two's humor is lost on me). The band makes no pretense of recreating any particular blues genre. The guitar can be blisteringcan at times (tracks 1, "I Could Deal With It," and 3, I'm Just Lucky That Way"), making the group sound bigger than it is. Track 4, "Turn My Back on You," contains some tasty tenor saxophone, with some hints of jazz, yet never sounds like the generic sax we hear these days on commercials and late-night shows. In fact, esp. on Track 4, the whole group has a jazz sensibility, even the "talk trash" vocals are articulated in a scat-like way.
The band slows down somewhat on the second side. Track 8 is good, but the B.B. King style licks, well, they ain't B.B. King! There's an excellent harp solo, with chording that recalls Sonny Boy Williamson on the Yardbirds album. Track 10, "Gerontology," jumps into full swing again, while "Playboy Blues" features an organ, a washboard-sounding bass, and lots of jazz/swing guitar, and a drummer who knows just how long to go with a solo. Finally "My Way or the Highway" (track 7), an instrumental, is a spirited blues with a swing perspective. The overdubbing of the heavily electrified harp will get you moving. Very highly recommended; try their other CDs as well.
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By Liltwiss on July 24, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love this CD. It is one of my favorites. I lost alot of my CDS, so i'm having to replace them.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Little Charlie and the nightcats are one of the finest blues bands of all time. Rick Estrin is one of the greatest harp players of all time and little charlie is the most unique guitar players in the world.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. T Hale on November 18, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I bought this at a show in my home town of Woodland Park, Co.
These guys just plain cook. ALL their albums are good. One
of the best roots bands in the country. Charlie Baty is a monster!
The 2 star reviewer is an idiot.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Oki Imawong on May 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Gimmie some blues. This is not the best blues album ever made.
Little charlie's guitar is good but does not sizzle. Rick Estrins vocals are smooth and slick like that crazy pompedor he sports.Dobie Strange on drums - my girlfriend likes his name and I'm sure dobie would like my girlfriend- is great. Ronnie James Weber on bass makes the album. It's whitebread and processed cheese blues.It's the blues you'll gladly lend to a friend.If andrew lyodd webber made a play about Charlie Paxton
this is the sound you would hear on the elevator to the balcony.
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