Guitar Reviews by Jim Burger

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  1. Doin' the Sugar Too by Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson ·
    This album will get your feet moving, no matter what mood you're in. Luther knows how to drive a song forward. His guitar playing is adequate to the task, although his solos won't bowl you over. But this is real good foot-tappin' music.
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/7/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  2. Muddy Waters: The Chess Box by Muddy Waters ·
    Muddy, Muddy and all Muddy! This 3-disk compilation includes pretty much all of the best-known works of this seminal bluesman. If you like Muddy, then buy this set or get someone to buy it for you for Christmas. The only drawback is you may d...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/8/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  3. King of the Blues by B.B. King ·
    If you want the full deal on BB King, then this is it! With 4 CDs covering his career from 1949 to 1991 (42 years of blues!!), there's not much missing. In addition to covering all of BB's best known tunes (like "Everyday I Have the Blues," ...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/10/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  4. Yamaha FG-411S ·
    For the price, I think that this is an excellent guitar -- I've been playing it for 6 years now. I have looked for guitars in the $800 price range and have not found anything that I find better-sounding or more playable. As I mentioned above, ...(more)
    Equipment: Guitars · Posted: 12/10/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  5. King of the Delta Blues by Robert Johnson ·
    Anything by Robert J is great stuff, but you shouldn't buy this album because you will want The Complete Recordings (see album review in the resource section) and everything that is on this album is also on the Complete Recordings. The one good...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/14/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  6. Complete Recordings by Robert Johnson ·
    If you're into the blues, at some point you will become interested in blues history. At that point, you will wish that you had this album. So you might as well just get it now. Johnson does some great solo guitar work and it definitely stands...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/14/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  7. Couldn't Stand The Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughan ·
    An excellent all-around album really showcases SRV's versatility. Who else could get away with covering Voodoo Chile?
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/14/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  8. Live at the Regal by B.B. King ·
    If you're gonna buy only one BB King album, conventional wisdom has it that this is the one to buy. For once, conventional wisdom is pretty much right!
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 12/14/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  9. Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin ·
    This has always been my favorite Zep album. Why? More songs than any other! More songs means more great riffs -- you can't argue with Trampled Under Foot or Kashmir. Finally, the best reason why this is the pinnacle of Zeppelin -- Boogie Wit...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 12/14/1999 by Jim Burger (4613)
  10. It's the Blues Man! by Eddie "Blues Man" Kirkland ·
    The combination of Kirkland and the King Curtis Band gives a sort of Blues-Brothers type feel to this album. It's not real down-home blues, but it's got a nice energy level that keeps rockin'. I'm generally not a fan of horn sections, but this...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 1/7/2000 by Jim Burger (4613)
  11. Standing My Ground by Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown ·
    This is a fun album. Gatemouth brings a great energy and feel to the blues. There are some real rockin' songs here, like his cover of "Got My Mojo Workin'", the song "Cool Jazz" and the humorous "I Hate These Doggone Blues". "What am I Living...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 1/7/2000 by Jim Burger (4613)
  12. Best of the Vanguard Years by Otis Spann ·
    In my opinion, Otis Spann is the greatest blues pianist ever. He was a mainstay of Muddy Waters' band, played with all of the blues giants, and made some fine recordings as a frontman, as well. Of the albums put out under his name, this one is...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 1/7/2000 by Jim Burger (4613)
  13. Roll Away the Stone by Kelly Joe Phelps ·
    Kelly Joe has a great voice and plays some pretty rockin' lap slide. The stuff on this album is a little too folksy and abstract for me, but for those of you who enjoy slide, fingerstyle solo stuff and a pleasant singing voice, I highly recomme...(more)
    Recordings: Slide · Posted: 1/7/2000 by Jim Burger (4613)
  14. Get Rhythm by Ry Cooder ·
    This record has one of my favorite solo slide recordings ever -- "The Thirteen Question Method". So I bought the whole album, and instead of getting similar stuff, it's a hodge-podge of different styles. Admittedly, Ry plays great slide, but I...(more)
    Recordings: Slide · Posted: 1/8/2000 by Jim Burger (4613)
  15. Little Milton Sings Big Blues by Little Milton ·
    Little Milton delivers some solid guitar work and extremely compelling vocals on this album. It's the best stuff I've heard from him. The opening song "I Feel So Bad", is so brilliant that I was forced to develop my own arrangement for it on a...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 1/9/2000 by Jim Burger (4613)
  16. Uppity Blues Women by Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women ·
    Ya gotta love an album with lyrics like "Johnny's at the urinal he's p---ing on the wall, if he hits the radiator we'll smell it in the hall!" The Uppity Blues Women have a broad range of blues songs covering the tribulations of modern life, ra...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 1/10/2000 by Jim Burger (4613)
  17. Out of the Madness by Derek Trucks Band ·
    Derek is a rockin' electric slide player. The album really has an Allmans feel to it, Derek was clearly influenced by his father's band. There is some great blues on this album -- I love the covers of Son House tunes "Preachin' Blues" and "Dea...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 1/10/2000 by Jim Burger (4613)
  18. Genius of the Electric Guitar by Charlie Christian ·
    This album has some great examples of Charlie's playing, of which there are not all that many (he died at age 23). Since all of the stuff on the album is with Benny Goodman's band, it's not a pure guitar album. Charlie's solos are always jus...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 1/10/2000 by Jim Burger (4613)
  19. Just Like You by Keb' Mo' ·
    I really like Keb's solo acoustic stuff. "Perpetual Blues Machine" and "Momma, Where's My Daddy" are wonderful. Then he's got some rockin' blues tunes, like "Hand it Over" and "Standin' at the Station". Unfortunately, every one of his album...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 1/10/2000 by Jim Burger (4613)
  20. Big Mama's Door by Alvin Youngblood Hart ·
    If you're looking for new blood on the delta blues scene, then buy this album. It has a bunch of great delta-style tunes, including the wonderful title track and a great covers of "Gallows Pole" and Charlie Patton's "Pony Blues". Alvin has a g...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 3/16/2000 by Jim Burger (4613)