New Hubert Sumlin

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New Hubert Sumlin

Postby blueswriter » Mon Feb 14, 2005 10:40 pm

Hubert Sumlin
About Them Shoes
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13 tracks, 55 minutes. Highly recommended. There has been a lot of talk About Them Shoes over the past couple of years, and Lord knows, it went on for such an extended period of time that many wondered if it would ever come about. With logistics difficult to overcome, and more importantly Hubert's frail health in the past year or so, it's been a long time coming, but this has definitely proven worth the wait. All-star aggregations often fall short of their intended target, however, Hubert Sumlin steps up with a blues cast to last through the ages, and as much as it's a feature for Sumlin's stinging and wild guitar playing, it can also be looked at as a tribute to Muddy Waters as twelve of thirteen cuts were either written by, or written for, and played by Muddy throughout the years. The core band consists of Bob Margolin's muscular guitar, David Maxwell's Otis Spann-influenced piano, Mudcat Ward's rumbling bass, Paul Oscher's tone-drenched harp, and drumming from either Levon Helm or George Receli, with other guests including Eric Clapton, James Cotton, Keith Richards, and David Johansen. Tearing through I'm Ready, Still A Fool, Long Distance Call, The Same Thing, Don't Go No Farther, Walkin' Thru The Park and much more with a rotating cast of vocalists, Hubert stamps his trademark guitar onto each track plying brittle and biting solos off recalling his prime work with Howlin' Wolf, and the band offers the necessary tough support for a project of this magnitude. There are no lengthy excursions into guitar heroism, no over-extended harmonica flights, and thankfully, no vocal excesses which often belabor recordings of this sort (singing is handled by Clapton for two, Richards on one, David Johansen for a pair, Hubert on the self-penned This Is The End, Little Girl, plus Oscher, Receli and a few others). The simple get-in-and-get-out approach makes this seem much shorter than its 55 minutes of playing time and should definitely leave you wanting more once it's finished. As much as Hubert has offered various solo recordings since Wolf's passing in 1976, he's never sounded as focused or forceful on his own works as he does for this project... hats off to one of the premier guitarists of the Post-war years!]Hubert Sumlin/Tone-Cool Records

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