Blues jam in Chicago vol 2 ( possibly includes vol 1)
By Fisher one
I guess FM is on this record but there's not much evidence of it..it's more like a 'Best of Chess' compilation. Not complaining, some very nice blues on the album, made me realize all over again how well Otis Spann, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells went together; to my mind the greatest blues band ever, although in this album instead of Junior Wells you have Walter Horton, another fabulous harp man. Confused? Here's British record store owner Mark Barry to straighten you out on this many times made over album
From Mark Barry, Reckless records, UK
The tapes have been digitally remastered to STUNNING SOUND QUALITY - the booklet has informative and detailed liner notes by MIKE VERNON. Missing from the Apple download hence this review.
WALTER HORTON plays Harmonica on CD tracks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15
BUDDY GUY, HONEYBOY EDWARDS and WILLIE DIXON are on 6 and 7
JEREMY SPENCER replaces Peter Green on Guitar and Vocal for 8, 9 10 and 11 - these tracks also feature J.T. BROWN on Tenor Sax with WILLIE DIXON on Upright Bass
OTIS SPANN plays Piano and S.P. LEARY plays drums on 13, 14 and 15
Fans greet the album itself with equal amounts of affection and disdain because at times it sounds like one long rehearsal - and a slightly uninspired and dull one at that. It's not that its bad - it just isn't red hot like you'd think it should have been. Highlights, however, include the lovely shuffle of "Watch Out", the harmonica driven slow blues of "Last Night" and the slashing Elmore James riffs in "I Can't Hold Out" (lyrics above). "Bobby's Rock" is a rubbishy extra, but Take 1 of "Horton's Boogie Woogie" is fantastic - alive and kicking and worth the price of entry alone. I play it a lot and it picks me up every time.
To sum up then - this is a 5 star presentation of a 3 to 4 star album - but there's still enough magic on here to recommend it. And for Mac and Blues fans, it's a necessity.