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'Cornbread'By Cornbread

The BLUES WHITE ALBUM (various artists)The BLUES WHITE ALBUM (various artists)
{Recorded 2001, released 1/22/02 | Telarc}

Maybe y’all know I am a bigtime Beatles fan and when I found the Blues White Album I was thrilled. I only wish the Beatles themselves released a blues album.
This CD is a tribute to the Beatles 1968 release, commonly referred to as THE WHITE ALBUM.
Among the contemporary blues artists featured on The Blues White Album, where some of the best of current blues musicians and British rock and pop come together.

G.E. Smith (guitar) – remember G.E. from Saturday Night Live?
Peter Re (organ)
T-Bone Wolk (bass)
Steve Holley (drums)

Why Don't We Do It In the Road? – Jimmy Thackery & the Drivers recreate this tune with a bluesy bass shuffle, add some horns, and a long guitar solo, end with a sax solo.

Yer Blues – Lucky Peterson has an excellent soulful voice.

Happiness Is a Warm Gun – Anders Osborne, sings and plays all instruments on this song. It’s a good version to what is a weird song anyway, not very bluesy though.

Revolution - Kenny Neal/Lucky Peterson/Tab Benoit give us an organ backed R&B version, I liked this track a lot.

Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da - Maria Muldaur version is fair, I would have liked it better if she spiced up the singing several notches.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Joe Louis Walker covers Harrisons song with soulful vocal intensity.

Don't Pass Me By - T-Bone Wolk sings outstandingly on what was originally sung by Ringo.

I'm So Tired – Chris Duartes version is pretty good, I preferred the music, especially the slow electric blues guitar over the vocals.

Blackbird - Colin Linden keeps this song as an acoustic song, a bit delta-ish.

Dear Prudence – a seven minute instrumental rendition featuring the harp blowing wizardry of Charlie Musselwhite and my favorite song on the CD.

This was a decent CD, not as good as the original. I was introduced to Lucky Peterson on this CD and will add some of his work to my collection. G.E. Smith is a good guitarist, he was on CD with Buddy Guy in my top 10. I’d like to hear a blues CD from G.E. We all have heard these songs over and over, it’s nice to hear them bluesier covered by others. This CD is worthy of y’all buying. Rating 4.012

Ciao' for now, peace.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP

Email - Cornbread@STLBlues

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