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Buried Alive in the Blues (+ Bonus DVD) Live

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Chicago Blues Reunion is a collaboration of Chicago music legends who defined the sound of their generation in the 1960's. Last year, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenities, Harvey Mandel, Tracy Nelson, Sam Lay and Corky Siegel joined forces once again and the result is a two disc set "Buried Alive In The Blues". One audio CD and one DVD (60 minute DVD, 30 minutes of music, 30 minutes of interviews with the CBR bandmates plus on screen recollections from Steve Miller, BB King, Eric Clapton, CArlos Santana and others telling the North Side Chicago blues story of the 60's from various perspectives).

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Born In Chicago - featuring Nick Gravenites
  2. Buried Alive In The Blues - featuring Nick Gravenites
  3. Walk Away - featuring Tracy Nelson
  4. Drinking Wine - featuring Nick Gravenites
  5. GM Boogie - featuring Barry Goldberg & Harvey Mandel
  6. Left Handed Soul - featuring Nick Gravenites
  7. Miss You Like The Devil - featuring Tracy Nelson
  8. All The Help I Can Get - featuring Tracy Nelson
  9. Death Of Muddy Waters - featuring Nick Gravenites
  10. Find My Baby - featuring Sam Lay
  11. New Truck - featuring Tracy Nelson
  12. King Bee - featuring Corky Siegel
  13. Snake - featuring Harvey Mandel
  14. Hound Dog - featuring Sam Lay


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: 33rd Street
  • ASIN: B0009PLM0I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,339 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
The music on the cd is great, but the real value lies in the dvd, which takes you back to the development of the 60's "white" chicago blues scene with actual footage of icons like Muddy Waters and Mike Bloomfield (with The Electric Flag). All the musicians are interviewed at length, and there are great comments from B.B.King and Buddy Guy. The dvd is actually good enough to be shown as a documentary on public television, and it also includes "concert" footage of about half the songs featured on the cd.
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
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The folks at Amazon always discourage referencing previous reviews for various reasons--but one big one certainly is that those other reviews sometimes seem to just disappear. And then you've got egg on your face. Why does this happen? Usually, I understand, it's because the author of same has opted to delete his or her critique (maybe there was a change of heart or maybe just too much hate mail). Sometimes an irrelevant or morally reprehensible tract in the guise of a review might be successfully challenged by another customer, but that--I suspect--is rarer.

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).
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Try to catch the live Performance, it's wonderful. Tracy sure can carry her voice. It is a real pleasure seeing these guys perform together and with a Great Rhythm section. The dvd has wonderful historic footage. It makes you realize how fortunate they were to grow up in Chicago and what these performers did to bring the Blues to the rest of us.
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Well, I've heard the music, watched the DVD, and read the reviews and after doing so am slightly amused by the somewhat overwrought enthusiasm for Buried Alive In The Blues. Sure, I like the music and enjoy the commentary, but this CD is more nostalgia and an affirmation of a musical style than a bold statement.

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.
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Run, don't walk, this CD/DVD is a must-have for all blues afficionadios. If, by chance, you grew up on in Chicago on the blues of the 60's - 70's, this combo will feel to you like an old pair of slippers. The excellent 32-page pamphlet that comes with it is an added bonus.
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.
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