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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Johnny Shines - Takin' The Blues Back South

This album and "Standing At The Crossroads" are Johnny Shines' two best works. I'm not sure why his work with Walter Horton is considered to be better than his solo efforts. On Shines' solo outings, his vocals are much stronger, his lyrics are more developed, and his guitar playing is superb. This particular album really shows off his vocal power. You might find yourself backing away from your speaker in order to not bust an eardrum. The two versions of "Mean Black Gobbler" are great! I'm not a musician, but it sounds like one of the versions of the song is performed in a Hill Country fashion. In other words, the guitar accompaniment sounds closer to Hill Country Blues or perhaps just diddley bow playing than it does to the typical Johnny Shines or Robert Johnson guitar work. "Back To The Steel Mill" is simply ferocious. The second guitarist on this album works very well with Johnny. It's a shame that this album isn't better known, and that it keeps going out of print. I waited over two years to purchase this, and it was most definitely worth the wait. The packaging is also very nice. You certainly can't go wrong with any of Johnny's albums. Amazon

Thanks go to Marc for making this available.

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7 comments:

Ansina said...

Thanks - I've never heard most of this one.

Gerard Herzhaft said...

Johnny waxed this one when touring France in 1972 alongside Dusty Brown, Luther Johnson (he plays the second guitar there), Sonny Thompson, Emmett Sutton and Bill Warren. Johnny was then at the peak of his considerable talents and he was a total winner wherever he played. Alongside this solo LP, Shines recorded also a session with the band which is very very interesting but unoftunately still lay unissued!

peeterspete said...

Thanks for uploading this great album.

Pete

Quibus said...

thanks very much for the great album!

Gary N. said...

What a gem!!!! Thank you thank you thank you!

Gerard Herzhaft said...
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Xyros said...

Thank you Gerard for sharing the Johnny Shines unissued tracks and I'm sure there are many more people who'll enjoy them as much as I will.

Respect that this only for personal use and once the link is gone I will not be reposting.