Guitar Reviews by Jim Burger

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  1. Roots of Rock by Various Artists ·
    Have you ever heard Memphis Minnie rocking on the original "When the Levee Breaks", almost 50 years prior to the Zep version? Want to hear how Blind Willie McTell played "Statesboro Blues" 40 years before the Allmans? What about Charlie Patton...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 11/30/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  2. Best of Taj Mahal by Taj Mahal ·
    Taj isn't the best guitarist, but there's a certain energy about him that always gets your foot tapping, no matter what's playing. This album is almost all blues, except for "Johnny Too Bad" and "Further on Down the Road". One of my major prob...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 11/30/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  3. Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad by Cephas & Wiggins ·
    This album has some really good country blues stuff. Cephas is a decent fingerpicker with a sweet voice, and Wiggins kicks butt on harp. I've seen them live, and unfortunately no recording ever seems to capture Wiggins' mastery nearly as well ...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/1/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  4. It's Tight Like That (1928-1942) by Tampa Red ·
    This album gives a cross-section of Tampa Red stuff, ranging from pure slide instrumentals (was anybody else playing this kind of stuff in 1930? -- I never heard an instrumental from Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson never recorded one) to slide...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/1/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  5. Dark Was the Night by Blind Willie Johnson ·
    Blind Willie Johnson was an incredible early slide innovator -- all of the stuff on this album was recorded in 1928-1931 and it still holds up today. His playing was lavished with praise by such well-knowns as Ry Cooder and Eric Clapton (read t...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/1/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  6. Black, Brown and White by Big Bill Broonzy ·
    This album has some gems, including the original version of "Hey, Hey", which was covered by both Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton, and "Get Back - Black, Brown and White," which is a great folk song and a scathing attack on racism. Also, Big Bill...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/1/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  7. Moanin' in the Moonlight by Howlin' Wolf ·
    Any blues record collection is incomplete without at least one Howlin' Wolf album. I maintain and always will that <i>although many have tried, nobody has ever done a cover of a Wolf tune that is superior to the original</i>. Wolf's incredible...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/1/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  8. London Sessions by Howlin' Wolf ·
    Anyone who thinks white people can't play the blues should check out this album. Howlin' Wolf is the front man, but the band is made up of 60's white rockers, and they totally rock! Every song on the album is a winner. The greatest highligh...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/1/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  9. Blind Lemon Jefferson by Blind Lemon Jefferson ·
    This album is a good one if you want to get the full sampling of the goods from the early blues master who many consider the founder of Texas Blues. Without Blind Lemon, there probably would have been no T-Bone Walker, no Albert Collins, and (g...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/1/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  10. Blues in the Evening by Memphis Slim ·
    I love Memphis Slim, and the solo piano songs on this album are great, but the guitarist is out of tune and it's painful to listen to the songs where there is guitar. How do they publish this stuff?
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/1/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  11. Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers by Hound Dog Taylor ·
    I don't think Hound Dog is a particularly talented musician, but what he and the band lack in talent they more than make up for in heart. You can just tell that these guys are having a good time playing, and that's contagious. This is a fun al...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/1/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  12. Acoustic Stories by R.L. Burnside ·
    On this album, RL does a great job of creating a very deep delta bluesy atmosphere. He's got a very John Lee Hookerish playing style, which is good if you like that style. If you're really into solo delta-style blues, then this is a pretty goo...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/2/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  13. Let the Good Times Roll by Freddie King ·
    This album has a lot of good songs, like "Goin' Down", "Stormy Monday", "Messin' With the Kid", "Let the Good Times Roll", and a good version of "Ain't Nobody's Business". I don't like the first song on the album, but after that it picks up. ...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/2/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  14. Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan ·
    This is a great album. Pretty much the same can be said for any SRV album. Even though tracks #2 and #9 are exactly the same. Even though SRV makes the mistake of trying to cover a Howlin' Wolf tune ("Tell Me" - his vocals don't match up, but...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/2/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  15. Complete Recorded Works, Vol 2 (1927-1928) by Blind Blake ·
    This album has lots of stuff to offer -- from the display of Blake's guitar proficiency on the instrumental "Southern Rag" to the humorous slide whistle accompaniment on "CC Pill Blues". There's not enough highlighting of the Blake guitar wizar...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/2/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  16. Founder of the Delta Blues by Charley Patton ·
    This album is a must for anyone who is trying to delve into the depths of blues history. Patton is considered to be one of the major influences on both Robert Johnson and Son House, and is perhaps the first delta bluesman to have attained name ...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/5/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  17. Between Midnight and Day by Corey Harris ·
    Corey displays a great mastery of solo acoustic slide with alternating bass. Most of the songs are covers, although Corey definitely puts his own style into all of them. The selection of songs fits his style perfectly. He's also got a good vo...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/6/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  18. Ain't Enough Comin' In by Otis Rush ·
    This album has some real good blues stuff. Otis knows how to play a solo and the songs are pretty rockin'. Check out the cutting guitar intro on "As the Years Go Passing By"! My only criticisms: Otis doesn't have the best blues voice and th...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/6/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  19. Showdown! by Albert Collins, Robert Cray & Johnny Copeland ·
    The highlight of this album is the collaboration between Albert Collins and Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, who apparently knew each other for quite a while. The songs "Black Cat Bone" and "Bring Your Fine Self Home" allow both of these gents to showc...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/6/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  20. Houston Ghetto Blues by Hop Wilson ·
    Hop Wilson was clearly a very influential Texas bluesman, and he was given his deserved deference by Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland in their album "Showdown!" He's definitely got a little Elmore James in him, while he also punctuates his vo...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/6/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)