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Heavy Blues

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Get ready for some Heavy Blues, from The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive founder Randy Bachman - and his new power blues rock trio....BACHMAN.

The force behind classic rock hits "Takin' Care of Business", "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" and "American Woman", BACHMAN's Heavy Blues is an album inspired by a love of classic 60s blues rock, and features an enviable guest list of musical contributors including Neil Young, Joe Bonamassa, Peter Frampton, Robert Randolph and the late Jeff Healey.

Randy Bachman has sold over 40 million albums, is a multiple music hall of fame inductee, in addition to being a celebrated media personality whose internationally syndicated Sirius/XM/CBC Radio show Vinyl Tap is a must listen weekly event for musicians of every stripe, with an impressive weekly audience across North America.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 14, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Linus Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00S0DW4DU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ordinarily I don't write reviews, but I feel like it's a must in thise case. This new album from rock legend Randy Bachman delivers EXACTLY what is advertised in the title....HEAVY Blues. Any blues traditionalists looking for Muddy or Wolf here will be disappointed. What you will here on this disc is blues filtered through heavy rock guitar. Guests like Bonamassa, Frampton, Young and Healey don't hurt either. It's amazing that Bachman can churn out an album with this much punch to it. Like the song on the album, Heavy Blues will hit you like a "Ton of Bricks".
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After reading the first review, I wasn't really sure what to think. So I brought the album and listened to it. Bottom-line, it's BLUES-ROCK with great lyrics. If you like BTO, you'll, you'll, you'll, you'll love it! Seriously, go buy it...you want be sorry. It exceeded my expectations in every way. I will enjoy this one for years to come!
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I'm listening to it right now - it's really pretty good. I'm impressed. I would've guessed that Bachman was washed up by now, but most certainly, he is NOT. This is not some new interpretation of the blues, and it's really only 'blues' in the way that BTO, Grand Funk Railroad, James Gang, etc were 'blues'. It's more of a heavy, driving rock n' roll version of the blues - which I like. (I also like more classic blues, a-la Robert Johnson - this just aint that, so don't be mistaken). I dunno if you'll like it, but I do. It's not 'more BTO' either - it really is something new for Bachman, but it sounds like it's heavy blues/rock from 1973 that you somehow overlooked/never heard. Give it a try - but be fair about it - turn it up loud because that's how it is intended to be played. (ooh - the last tune just came on: "We Need To Talk" - this is a little more like classic blues ... "a little more" ....)
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This album demonstrates that Randy Bachman is still a force to be reckoned with as a songwriter and guitarist. Randy still sounds good on vocals as well. This is a good collection of songs that Randy's fans from BTO will enjoy. The list of guest musicians is very impressive as well. I do agree with another reviewer that this is more of a rock album than a blues album, but there are elements of the blues present. I would advise purchasing this.
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Review warning: I was a huge Bachman slappy. He was my favorite starting in grade school through early college with bands such as Guess Who, BTO, Ironhorse, Union, and the BTO reunion tour with Van Halen. Then he kinda fell off my radar. Well, I was in for a huge surprise.

He's back. Yes, his vocals remain mediocre and his lyrics remain disappointingly simplistic. But you wanna talk about guitar-work. Wow. The boy is 71, but he (and his guest players) can still rock.

I agree with other reviewers who say it's not "real" blues, but it's certainly blues-based rock. And if you're an old-time slappy, like me, you'll recognize bits and pierces of older Bachman songs here, but they are new-and-improved.

I don't agree with the reviewers who say that it sounds like BTO, certainly not BTO at their most popular. I read that as a euphemism for "you'll like it." And to that extent, I certainly do agree.

Why should you buy this? The guitar. Period. If you don't enjoy outstanding guitar playing, there is nothing here for you. I don't imagine that anything will be played on the radio, but you will hear solos from Joe Bonamassa, Neil Young, Robert Randolph, Jeff Healey(!!), Peter Frampton, Luke Doucet, and Scott Holiday. I had never heard of Doucet or Holiday, but they acquit themselves nicely. It's just a wonderful line-up of guitar players.

Modern music seems to downplay the importance of the guitar, and guitar solos are largely absent from most songs that you hear on the radio. Not here. For some of the finest guitar playing you're likely to hear in a long time, buy this CD.
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This album does rock start to finish.

Guest musicians such as Joe Bonamassa, Neil Young, and Robert Randolph (to name just a few!) adding their own unique guitar styles to the songs only adds to the fun! Hearing Randy Bachman crank out the tunes and hearing his voice one cannot believe he is 71 years old! He has lost nothing!

Not destined to become a 5 star classic but a darn good, fun, rock and roll album all the same. Not really an all blues album either. The title comes from the song "Heavy Blues". But, isn't rock and roll a child of the blues anyway? Some of the lyrics get a bit repetitive and the recording may suffer a bit from over compression because it is loud. But that is how this should be listened to! Buy it with expectations of a few good listens and to put it in your rock and roll rotation, but don't expect it to be the end all and be all. It is what it is. Decent loud rock and roll. The performances by the guest artists are all worth the purchase alone. Honest appraisal: 3.5 stars.
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Randy Bachman may have found his second career. Teaming with guitar playing friends works nicely on this cd. The music is simply, but it should be, it's the blues. A couple of the tracks made me wish Fred Turner was on vocals. It had the old BTO feel to it. Kevin Shirley brought out some hunger in Bachman. I would like to hear a little anger next time. There will be a next time won't there? I hope so. Maybe a track or two with Fred on Vocals, then it will be a 5 star recording. Listen, you'll like it!
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