In My Time

by Charlie Musselwhite

(1993) Alligator #AL 4818

Personnel Charlie Musselwhite (v, h) Blind Boys of Alabama (v) Mike "Junior" Watson (g) Andrew "Junior Boy" Jones (g) Gene Taylor (p) Larry Taylor (b) Felton Crewes (b) Tommy Hill (d) Steven Hodges (d)
Description Not to be confused with the Yanni album of the same name, this is blues with a touch of jazz and gospel in a couple of places from this harmonica master.
Posted By Maciek Sakrejda (8047)
Directory Recordings: Blues
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On 11/15/1999, Maciek Sakrejda (8047) posted:
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This is a great album. It opens with Charlie doing "Stingaree" solo on guitar. His vocals are too intelligebile to have an "authentic" delta sound ;), but it works very nicely anyway. He continues solo for another number, "Brownsville Blues, and on the third, "Ain't It Time" is accompanied by the Blind Boys of Alabama, a vocal gospel group, which provides this almost haunting humming as backing. On "The Big Boat" he "plugs in", and with "Leaving Blues", really picks up the tempo. "Hey now baby, tell me what's going on / You say you're leaving, I ain't done nothing wrong," he sings, but in a way that suggest he's done plenty wrong and is just trying to hide it--wonderfully bluesy. "When It Rains It Pours" has a nice latin-y groove to it. "Casual Friend", a Roosevelt Sykes number, has that slightly jazzy feel. "If I Should Have Bad Luck" is another nice blues. The first side of the tape closes with a jazzy instrumental, "Watson's Excellent Adventure" (written by Watson, you see). The second side opens with "Please Don't Think I'm Nosy", and Charlie being what the kids today would call a 'playa' (and quite convincingly, too), using lines like "Let me get acquainted, darlin' / What may be your name? / I don't mean to dig too deep but could you / use a lovin' man?". "Midnight Mama" is another jazzy/funky sort of thing. "Hear Me Talkin'" has more great (if not all that original) bluesy lyrics: "The sweetest peaches don't grow on no tree / the sweetest honey don't come from no bee". "Blues, Why Do You Worry Me?" has some very nice guitar and harmonica solos. "Movin' and Groovin'" is another great jazzy piece where Charlie and others (even the bassist) get to stretch out. "Revelation" is another jazzy piece, but this one a harp instrumental. "Bedside of A Neighbor" closes out the album with Charlie accompanied only by the Blind Boys of Alabama again. Not quite as strong as "Ain't It Time", but very nice.

This is an excellent album, with solid harp and vocals throughout, a tight backing band, and originals as good as the covers. Really shows why this man is a living legend.