Buried Alive in the Blues (+ Bonus DVD) Live
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Nick Gravenites and Tracy Nelson both look a little worn out by time, but they sound great, and the added attactions of barry goldberg , corky siegel and harvey mandel comprise an all star band. a guest vocal appearance by Sam Lay was a nice touch.
both the cd and the dvd exceed expectations
Amid all the five star reviews for this revue style project featuring veterans of the 60s "Northside" Chicago blues scene was at least one negative review wherein the commentator opined that a TRUE "Chicago reunion" was impossible since most of the real progenitors of Chicago blues have longsince gone to that juke joint in the sky.
Now call me perverse, but I sometimes find negative reviews more "helpful" than glowingly positive ones--even when I basically disagree with them. Or rather, especially when I disagree with them. Unlike the typical "this is so great" kind of review, I am oft times forced to think through my own impressions of the work at hand and maybe even come up with some kind of response (which I may or may not ever actually post, but at least it gets me THINKING.) So I did not object too stringently to that particular reviewers comments. I tried to do the grown-up thing and actually consider them.
And of course, the guy had a point that even the artists on this record implicitly acknowledge. You remember the old blues supersession album FATHERS AND SONS? Well, these guys are the first to admit that they are "the sons" (Ok, so there's a "daughter" in the mix as well).Read more ›
We're all going to get old if we're lucky and at some point we are not going to be as good as we once were. And while it is a pleasure to see and hear these guys again, that truth will be brought starkly home to those who really remember how they were in the old days. The crown princes of white Chicago blues, Paul Butterfield and Mike Bloomfield, are long gone. So what we are left with are a few core musicians like Nick Gravenites, Sam Lay and Corky Siegel, and those on the periphery like Harvey Mandel, Barry Goldberg, and Tracy Nelson who are more remembered for their days in San Francisco (in the case of Nelson, Nashville as well) than their time in Chicago. And none sound at all like they did in their heydays.
If you remember and love the Born In Chicago of Paul Butterfield's first album or the Drinkin' Wine of the Electric Flag's Long Time Comin' album, you will hear precisely what I mean. But what the musicians lack of the old intensity is made up for by their obvious enthusiasm. Some of the old fire is still apparent throughout, but my favorites are the Canned Heat-style GM Boogie, the smoky languor of Nick Gravenites' Left Handed Soul, Gravenites' Death of Muddy Waters, the swinging I've Gotta Find My Baby, a supercharged rendition of Harvey Mandel's old pseudopsychedelic classic Snake, and the concluding medley of old rock tunes featuring delightful vocals by Sam Lay.Read more ›
The CBR band features Nick Gravenites, Harvey "The Snake" Mandel, the great drummer Sam Lay, Tracy Nelson, Barry Goldberg, and Corky Siegel of the infamous Siegel-Schwall Blues Band of Chicago. Siegel is a great harp player and fine vocalist in his own right.
Why-oh-why did this group of exceptionally talented artists never make the "big-time?" Wow, they came so close...talk about unjust! I'm truly grateful they got together to give their fans this fine, fun CD/DVD and hopefully convert many more fans. It's never too late.
While the CD includes noteworthy blues tunes, and is worth the price in it's own right, it's the DVD that will knock you out. The DVD presents the history of Chicago blues dating back to the 50's and 60's. The formation of Chess records is described, while film footage of interviews and narratives from prominent Chicago blues musicians offer a historical perspective. Featured artists include Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield and Charlie Musselwhite, three of the greatest blues musicians to come out of Chicago's sixties blues scene. Footage from the Newport Folk Fest of '65 with Dylan & Bloomfield is covered. The Electric Flag, imho a band that produced one of the best blues lp ever, "A Long Time Comin'" is also discussed.
A portion of the DVD is devoted to the illustrious old-timers, who are seen in concert, interviews, and simply reminiscing, including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy & BB King.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a fan of the blues, have many albums and attend blues festivals yearly. This is a great album. Lots of good Chicago type electric blues.Published on March 22, 2014 by Ron McKinsie
I was hoping to see the Born in Chicago documentary when it was released earlier this year. This DVD seems to be that documentary. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by ladyjazz17
This is a very intersting DVD. A lot of knowledge of the times, and the players. Gave me a new appreciation fopr them. and their contributions to the music.Published on April 11, 2013 by Panhead Mike
Best blues album I've heard in a long time. I'd recommend it to anyone that loves the blues especially the title song.Published on January 9, 2013 by SuperMom200812
Great songs and perfomances and a bonus DVD with it
what could be better
I only wish I could have seen one of the shows myself
I was introduced to this via a blues radio show (WXPR in Rhinelander, WI) and sought this out after hearing the title track. Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by Michael Opager
If you like the Blues, this music CD will make an enjoyable addition to your collection. It will also add some entertaining history provided on the accompanying live concert &... Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by Ronald Winters