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Sound Machine Groove

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Recorded by folklorist David Evans in 1979 and 1980, these are Burnside's first recordings with electric guitar and also his first with a band. That band was the Sound Machine, a band he literally created himself out of members of his own family, blending raw Mississippi blues with soul, funk, R&B, contemporary beats and other urban flavors to make a marvelous amalgam of his own. Especially notable is a version of "Sitting on Top of the World" with Burnside on slide guitar that, with Jackson's help, neatly evokes the sound and feel of a fife and drum band. Although Burnside became the darling of the blues crowd and hailed as something of an overnight success, one listen to this disc tells you he was already forging a new chapter in the Mississippi blues tradition with these recordings. Well, well, well. 180 gram vinyl.

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  • Vinyl (June 28, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sutro Park
  • Run Time: 33 minutes
  • ASIN: B004RV6ZL6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on March 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
A simply amazing album recorded by blues scholar and ethnomusicologist David Evan. This is R.L Burnside is with his family band -- not his punk worshipers, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Burnside plays in a style that is distinct from "Delta Blues" - it derives from the fife and drum traditions in the Mississippi Hill Country (see Othar Turner). This music the electric version of the hynotic, droning fife and drum + guitar. Don't let others fool you into thinking this is a less than stellar recording....
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This is a collector's item, and more than stellar. It is not Delta 12 bar blues; it is done in North Mississippi hill country fashion, as is all of Burnside's original work.

He did sometimes do Delta blues covers. The one chord boogies, however, are something altogether different from Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters stuff.
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Good music
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R L really had somethin here...it's really nice to hear him raw again...wicked musician obviously backed by fellas of the same caliber!
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Relatively superficial (and slightly out of tune) effort by an artist who specializes in raw Delta blues. Lacks the intensity and originality of many of of his other CDs. It has a pleasant 'jamming in the living room' atmosphere, but fails to provide the intensity that Burnside supplie on nearly every other one of his albums.
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