THE JIMMY ROGERS ALL STARS: BLUES BLUES BLUES
I was browsing the blues aisle in Zia Records over Fourth Of July weekend and saw this disc, and while I was reading the back cover, two people stopped to tell me how good this disc was.
For $7.99, I thought I'd give it a try.
Jimmy Rogers was a guitarist in Muddy Waters' classic lineup, which also included harpist Little Walter and bassists Big Crawford or Willie Dixon.
Matching the acumen of the "old timers" with the flash and commercial muscle of the upstarts, Jimmy Rogers holed up in the studio with rock icons like Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton (among others) to create what would be the late singer-guitarist's swan song, Blues Blues Blues. With other rock-era titans (Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Stephen Stills) and a few blues stalwarts (Jeff Healey, Taj Mahal) along to lend support, this record is a star-studded sendoff to one of the blues' noble patriarchs
Over the years, I have seen many collaborations between blus artists and rock musicians, and many times have found it preferable to stick to the original blues recordings.
Credited to the Jimmy Rogers' All Stars, Blues Blues Blues doesn't disappoint at all, with strong rhythms, solid performances and excellent production values.
The blues classics are laid on a British rock foundation, but it does not veer altogether too much into the rock territory, striking a nice balance between blues and rock. The rock power is there, but this is unmistakably blues.
Excellent piano and harp add to solid guitar work, avoiding the cliché of a guitar shoot-out. Produer John Koenig opts instead to have the guitars provide a pleasant, easy-to-listen backing without taking over the songs.
One thing I noticed-the guitar in "Goin' Away Baby" sounds an awful lot like Mr. Petty lifted it for "Jefferson Jericho Blues" on the Mojo album!
I think my friend Stephen T. would label this as a great CD for driving, and I could see where you would avoid highway hypnosis with this disc on. There's a little something for everyone here-fans of classic and British rock, country rock, blues purists and blues newcomers will all find something to listen to here.
I don't think you can go wrong with this disc. At $7.99, it was a steal.
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