Not the Same Old Blues Crap Import
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The blues. A genre which can communicate untold pain, depthless heartache and a universe of suffering. Or it can encompass songs like "Crack Whore Blues", which is exactly what you would expect it to be from the title. The tracks on here are vibrant and alive. This is wonderfully thrilling, foot-tapping stuff that can be serious on the few occasions that it wants to be.
Since this is a sampler compilation containing disparate artists, it's difficult to sum up this album in a few paragraphs. We go all the way from rompy throwaway musical jokes right into genuinely soulful lyrics. But the one constant is quality. What many of the performers lack in technical ability, they more than make up for in enthusiasm. This is a release from a tiny record label with no terribly big names, which goes a long way towards explaining the emotion.
The liner notes are absolutely hideous -- green text written on a purple background. It makes my eyes water just thinking about it. There's also a funny gag on the back, which I shall not spoil here.
As a sampler, the idea is to throw as much onto the disc as possible and hope that the customer likes at least one or two selections enough to purchase a full album. They've convinced me; I have some shopping to do. Anyone with even a passing interest in the blues should pick up this one. You can do it without breaking the bank, and, unless you're familiar with the artists already, you'll be hearing the blues like you haven't quite heard them before.
Due to reviewing rules, I was unable to publish a very long track by track review I did of the other Fat Possum disc Not the Same Old Blues Crap, Vol. 3. Please purchase both these CD's, Vol. 3 is even better than this outstanding CD. It includes Black Keys and some more current sharper blues music.
The disc is a compilation of recordings that are sold on full artist discs. It's a sampler. It's not just appetizers, it's a full course meal of hard core, real live blues. Fat Possum makes sure that you'll hear a variety of styles that tend to recorded more in the raw than in some pristine studio.
1. I'm Insane T-Model Ford - raw club blues, simple beat, the kind of blues you would stumble on in a bar in the south. Raw, very raw. Maybe not the absolute best first track for this disc
2. Meet Me in the City - Kimbrough, Junior - The Black Keys did a fantastic tribute to this blues genius Chulahoma. Rythmic blues, with a very nice hook in it. You can almost smell the smoke and alcohol in this one. Guitar, bass and drums.
3. Come Right In - Twenty Miles Young band that does have a distinct garage band sound. Has some of the very early Rolling Stones blues sound.
4. Snake Drive - Burnside, R.L. Southern blues, hard driving bass and drum line. Probably one of the more accessible tracks of the CD.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this because of the name and because it had a cut by J.L. Burnside. I also enjoyed T-Model Ford and Junior Kimbrough. Read morePublished 19 months ago by P. Mulloy
A great collection of recordings that sound like they were taped on a front porch or veranda (remember them )? Read morePublished on July 7, 2013 by D. D. Driscoll
This sampler has some of the greatest blues men ever on it!
R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, and T-Model Ford are all super! Read more
Great album! Very interesting musicians and a good introduction for what is happening in Mississippi Blues at this momentPublished on August 8, 2010 by Dj Elshout
WARNING: Listening to this CD will warp your perception of blues music. Anyone within earshot will conclude that you are, indeed, insane. Read morePublished on July 1, 2008 by T. McCool
Not everything on here is great, but if you're at all open-minded about the blues, you need to listen to this record. Read morePublished on May 12, 2008 by Daniel Pritts