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Number of Chicago Blues (1979) Reviews: 1
An apt title describes it better than I
Reviewer: John Fitzgerald, Human resources staff database assistant June 17, 2003 Although this album overlaps a lot with "The dirty dozens" release, "Chicago blues" strikes me as the main release as you get the longest samples of the master tapes here. For instance, on the song titled "The dirty dozens" you get a small spoken introduction (in title only) to the song which you don't get when listening to this track on "The dirty dozens" and you are warned in the liner notes here about the lyrical content of this track via the "not suitable for airplay" disclaimer (which you are not on the other release). You will
need both records for your collection though as there are tracks on both releases that aren't available elsewhere. The ones from this album are the strutting boogie of "Rock this house", the swinging "Chicago bound", the sensitive slow burner "Blue and lonesome" and the mostly instrumental (save for some "Yeah!" type hollers) shuffle of "You don't have to go" though do be cautioned about a sudden rise in the volume in this track on the vinyl (as this was the case with the JSP vinyl this was pressed on, not just my copy, hopefully this can be corrected with a CD reissue of the master tapes), this burst occurs
about 15 seconds in to the song for roughly about 5 seconds. All of these above mentioned tracks have Brunning on bass and are as enjoyable as the rest which I had probably made mention of in my review here for "The dirty dozens" so I won't repeat that here. In any event though, this is the blueprint album to build off of when delving in to the Jimmy Rogers and Left Hand Frank catalog that includes Brunning's bass lines. Pure raw
electric Chicago blues at it's most honest.
Album cover provided by John Fitzgerald. Transcribed to HTML by Jeff Kenney and Marty Adelson.