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21-08-2015, 01:23

VA - The End Of An Era: 20 Years In Bluesland (2010)

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VA - The End Of An Era: 20 Years In Bluesland (2010)
Artist: VA
Title Of Album: The End Of An Era: 20 Years In Bluesland
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: Super-Bird
Genre: Blues, Electric Blues
Format: Mp3
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 61:05 Min
Total Size: 151 Mb


1. Roscoe Shelton - She's The One
2. Earl Gaines - I Believe In Your Love
3. Johnny Jones - I Can't Do That
4. Al Garner - Fatback
5. Herbert Hunter - Her Love Is Killing Me
6. Larry Ladon - Automobile
7. Charles Walker - You Got The Walk
8. Freddie Waters - Full Moon On Main Street
9. Dave Riley - Heat Up The Oven
10. Sam Lay - I'm The One
11. Homesick James Williamson - Crawlin' Kingsnake
12. Frank Frost - Born To Be Wise
13. Sam Carr - All My Life
14. Fred James - Herb Stuffing

Although the liner notes to this 14-track blues collection are otherwise thorough, one not so insignificant element is missing: the original release and recording dates of the material. The common thread seems to be that they were all produced by Fred James, who also plays guitar on all of the cuts, one of which, the instrumental "Herb Stuffing," is credited to James himself. Though James also wrote the notes, the time frame of the tracks (four of which were previously unissued) is maddeningly unspecific, though it can be deduced that they were all done sometime in the 20 years prior to this 2010 release. At any rate, these are pretty average, workmanlike contemporary electric blues, not many of them by big names in the field, with Earl Gaines, Frank Frost, Sam Lay, and Johnny Jones being the biggest. Sometimes performances of particular strength cut through to get noticed, especially Gaines' ballad "I Believe in Your Love," which has a rich and moving vibrato vocal. James is a decent and versatile guitarist, too, but in part owing to the substandard documentation, it's not a notable compilation of 20th into 21st century blues. ~Richie Unterberger



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