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Blues Helping Import, Original recording remastered

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Remastered Digipack Reissue. 2007 digitally remastered edition of this classic debut album the group that brought Dave Edmunds to public attention. This issue was mastered from the original tapes and expanded to include both the A and B-sides of their first two singles.His importance in the history of Welsh rock music can't be understated and his recording career began with this trio. Edmunds emerged as a guitar hero of extreme prowess. The group's first single was released as The Human Beans, but their name was changed prior to the release of this album. The tracks include the stunning "Summertime" and the title track, admired on both sides of the Atlantic. Esoteric
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B00000IBHN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
I cannot believe Amazon.com has a CD of Love Sculpture's Blues Helping. Being originally from the UK, I have an original LP of Blues Helping. In 1967 I was lucky enough see Love Sculpture play most the tracks on this CD live, at Essex University, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, England. This is truly great blues guitar music, in fact, Dave Edmunds is the greatest electric guitarist I have ever seen, especially when doing his version of Sabre Dance. A truly fabulous album/CD.
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While I know why so many of you rated this 5 stars, I feel like you're a bit too attached to 60's music which makes you nostalgic for this record. I agree with the fact that Dave Edmunds is one of the underated guitar players of the era. I also agree that technically he is a fine player. However, I have to disagree with the characterizations that this is one of the best blues albums of all time. When you stack it up to the Chess sessions, it pales. Sure, compared to Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and Alvin Lee, Edmunds failed to garner much popularity (for some unkown reason), but I'm afraid he's not on the same page with BB King or Muddy Waters.

That said, though, this is a nice collection of frenetic electric guitar blues. It is mostly cover material with that nice 60's psychedelic edge. Its a good collection of blues rock with some spectacular pyrotechnics, as well as choice licks. If its lacking, its in that polished soulful phrasing that the blues greats have in buckets. The tune selection shows he's done his homework on the blues classics - Freddy King's "The Stumble" (which if for no other reason you have to hand it to him for attempting when Peter Green does a wonderful job of with the original Fleetwood Mac), a couple of Ray Charles staples and Slim Harpo's "Shake Your Hips" all standout. It all sort of sounds dated now, though, doesn't it?

A very hip collection indeed. Well worth investigation if you're a blues rock fan.
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After the success of John Mayall's 1968 Blues Breakers release, EMI Parlaphone decided they needed a record to compete with Mayall's. They enlisted Dave Edmunds' Love Sculpture...and did they ever come through. I had (and still have) the original (Imported) LP released in 1968. I felt then, and still do, that it was less commercial than most English Blues LPs of the time. Edmunds really lets loose on "Stumble", "Blues Helping" and "Hip Shake". The record has a very smooth, polished feel to it.. yet it isn't overly produced. Dave Edmunds has done some great recording since Blues Helping, but none that stand out as much as this particular record. I think we would all like to see a Love Sculpture reunion and CD.
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Spine-tingling stuff. The solo Dave rips off on Ray Charles' "I Believe to My Soul" is among the finest in blues-rock recordings. Amazing that Edmunds never really ever attempted a followup to this blues masterpiece. I guess perfection needs no encore.
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I've been a fan for Rockpile, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds for a long time. I only had this on vinyl before many years ago and didn't remember it being as good as it is. After listening to it with fresh ears, it think it is an amazing recording. As good as any modern blues record in my collection. The covers are very true to the originals but still have a rockin' edge to them - they attack the songs in a positive way. Makes we wish Dave Edmunds would recorded more blues and less 50's and 60's style rock. This might be my new favorite Dave Edmunds recording.
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Kind of cashing in on a trend, but fine fret work, and great sound. Glad "Blues Helping" the song was included, with that super loooong note in there. Not many players hold notes that long, wish more would!
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It's surprising to me (and probably everyone familiar with his work) that Dave Edmunds wasn't put on a pedestal and hailed as not only the best guitar phenom to come out of England in the 60's, but the best guitar phenom to come out of the 60's, PERIOD! When you listen to this CD, you're immediately struck over the head from the get-go with Edmunds' fast, fluid blues-rock leads on "The Stumble", and you wonder, "who IS this guy??" At the risk of committing sacrilege, not even the guitar heroes of the day back then (Beck, Clapton, Page, and dare I say, even Hendrix) played with as much passion, skill and bravado as Edmunds; and yet, if you ask every current guitarist who Dave Edmunds is, you get blank stares and hear things like "Who's Dave Edmunds?" or "I've never heard of him"!
Once Edmunds' fiery leads on "The Stumble" have commanded your attention, then he and Love Sculpture run through other blues/soul standards such as B.B. King's "3 O'Clock Blues", Ray Charles' "I Believe To My Soul" (which has a wonderfully loud, searing guitar solo), and my favorite track, George Gershwin's "Summertime" (which was covered again in 1970 by the group "Brainbox", which featured guitarist Jan Akkerman and vocalist Kaz Lux). The sound of this remastered version is wonderful, and when you listen to it for either the first time (or even for the first time in a long time), you will hear the true genius of this overlooked guitar hero--England's best-kept secret returns!

By C. Potocki
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