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  1. Buddy Guy - Sweet Tea

     

    Never heard of this particular album by Buddy Guy, not that I can recall anyhow. IMO One of the best guitarists ever.
    Is there any coincidence in this being released in 2001 when The Black Keys first started out? Their early sound is very similar to this.

     

    Overall I had mixed feelings on this one, very good in parts but someone needed to be more in control and reign this in.
    I'm struck by the immediacy of the recording which doesn't really work - too much reverb, too much space. Many of the tracks are outstaying their welcome big time. It sounds like one big Jam put to tape that would probably be great live. I do like some of the heavy blues going on here - excellent guitar work throughout.

     

    Done Got Old - Classic sounding blues track. I really like this - I hear you, Buddy. I hear ya...
    I thought it was setting the tone for the rest of the album - wrong..

     

    Baby Please Don't Leave Me - Deep prodding fuzzy bass and percussion throughout this one with some kick ass riffs and solo's.
    It's just too long though and the bass eventually gets overbearing. Maybe it's my headphones though.

     

    Look What All You Got - Lyrics are too repetitive but I get a real buzz off that guitar.
    I like the little turn around at the end adds a bit of interest.

     

    Stay All Night - Could be listening to The Black Keys here so there must be a crossover there somewhere... I like this track.

     

    Tramp - Great intro with a real dirty dark blues feel to the lyrics. Bit of a hypnotic looping effect listening to this. He really makes the guitar cry over that 8/8. Too long though. The bass again is saturating my headphones. I'll have to look into whether it's me or the record..

     

    She's Got The Devil In her - Great vocal on this one. That "thinny" sound that sometimes pops up on some of guitar solo's is a bit annoying.

     

    I Gotta Try You Girl - A guitar workout really. Nothing interesting happening from the rhythm section. Far too long and a bit boring to be honest. Does it end?

     

    Who's Been Foolin' You - Totally unlike the rest of the album and a nice little breather. Vocals are good and the rhythm section finally gets a chance. But that effect on the guitar is crap - it doesn't work here IMO. Sounds bolted on rather than part of the track. I do like this track though.

     

    It's a Jungle Out There - sounds like some of the other Buddy Guy tracks I've heard over the years. One of the better songs in terms of lyrics. It is indeed a Jungle out there.


    This record just sounds like a lot of jams put to tape. Lyrics are sparse and never stray from the standard Blues formula when they do pop up.Guitar is the star of the show as expected but that's not enough for me to make me want to listen over again.

     

    I'll give it a 6.5/10

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  2. Taj Mahal - Taj Mahal

     

    Possibly my most favourite classical blues album and I had forgotten all about it! It was honestly about 15 years since I last listened to this when I got into a bit of a blues buzz. There's nothing about this album to dislike at all. The musicians are metronomic in their playing. The recording is excellent for its day. Each instrument is given its own space when needed and the vocals are top notch. I enjoyed this so much I took out the aul electric over the weekend and had a little play along to it. Easily a 9/10 for me. Great choice and glad to get back to it. "Smoke that Guitar boy, smoke that Guitar"

     

    *I had a track by track review typed out but the laptop ran outta juice - grrr*

     

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  3. 43 minutes ago, Lee909 said:

    I'll catch up then during the week. 

     

    Wasn't sure where to go with this as a few of my options are just to long as live recordings. So I'll go with the man and album that inspired my favourite guitarist to delve fully into slide, with the help of a corcidin pill bottle

     

    Taj Mahal debut album - Taj Mahal

     

     

     

     

     

    Been a while since I've heard this. Nice one. 


  4. 9 hours ago, Jose Jones said:

    Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I had a dream you were mine

     

    First of all it annoys me that Rostam has forsaken his surname, which is one of the best in the world of pop.

    Plus it would have made him seem like a real contributor instead of a tag on bit part.

     

    Anyway I wanted to really like this album because Zonko is my new best music buddy.  It starts off pretty well, I like 1000 Times and Rough Going but as the record goes on the songs start to peter out a bit.

     

    I thought it might be a grower but even third time through none of it is really grabbing me, and by this time Hamilton’s voice is starting to grate a bit.

     

    I always had a bit of an impression that Rostam was the power behind the throne in Vampire Weekend, but listening to this maybe Ezra Koenig was responsible for the catchy tunes all along.

     

    Either that or Rostam needs to embrace his Batmanglij to get his full powers back.

     

    I’m giving this 5.5/10

     

     

    It's via Vampire Weekend that I came to this album actually. I still think Rostam is the power behind them but on this one decided to expand any idea that popped into his head. Maybe he pushed too far on this. I still like it though and it generally gets favourable reviews. That said, I 100% understand people not liking Hamilton's voice. I can't stand Rod Stewart for the same reason! 

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