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Luther Allison A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch)

A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch)
 
 

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Luther Allison: A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch)

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7-CD / 4-DVD / 7inch box (LP-size) with 88-page hardcover book. 79 tracks (CD), 58 (DVD). Total playing time: 414 mins. (CD), c. 400 mins. (DVD). NTSC, region: 0

Box set commemorating the 20th anniversary of Luther Allison’s death

First comprehensive CD and DVD retrospective, a detailed look at the incredible career of one of the most fascinating modern blues personalities par excellence.
Numbered edition limited to 1,500 copies worldwide.
Seven original albums on CD, including ’Montreux 1976 - The Complete Show' – first time on CD!
Four concert DVDs, including 'Live in East Berlin 1987', a contemporary document, plus Luther’s jaw-dropping show from the 1997 W. C. Handy Awards in Memphis.
The 88-page accompanying book comes with a biography by blues expert Art Tipaldi, personal memories of fellow musicians and Luther’s contemporaries,  plus an in-detail discography.
Countless previously unpublished photos, some from private collections, augmented by illustrations, posters and memorabilia.

In addition, Bear Family delivers a vinyl single (picture sleeve, 33RPM) with Luther's last studio recording and an unreleased 1977 live track as an exclusive bonus!


A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997

Since the 1980s, basically two African-American blues guitar players have essentially developed the music of their fathers and grandfathers, shaping and dominating the international blues scene: Buddy Guy and Luther Allison. While Buddy Guy liked to annoy his audience with moody behaviour and the abort of guitar solos, Luther Allison enthused his fans with passionate, infinite and intensive performances. 

With his charisma, warm-heartedness, and almost insane energy, he transformed the stage and auditorium into a temple dedicated to the blues, the emotions and the connecting force of a live performance. His death on August 12, 1997 was a shock for his family, his friends and the members of his huge fan base. We all have lost a great musician, a tireless fighter and an ambassador for soulful blues music.

With this great release, which is also available as a limited edition LP box, Thomas Ruf has produced a worthy memorial to the artist who once inspired him to found Ruf Records.


I highly recommend watching Luther‘s performance during the 1996 W.C. Handy Awards. In it, the energy and love of a typical three-hour Luther Allison show compresses into a 15-minute relentless blues showcase that will leave you feeling astonished and gratified. 

This particular performance was the climax of his incredible career. Luther stole the show by performing and then by taking home five awards (including Blues Entertainer of the Year). Luther Allison is a genuine blues hero with an incomparable expanse of energy and love for his music and for the people who loved it. I hope you enjoy every bit of this celebratory Luther Allison collection.  
Thomas Ruf, 2017


 

Songs

Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 1
1: You Can't Always Get What You Want
2: Night Life
Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 2
1: Introduction
2: Gambler's Blues
3: Sweet Home Chicago
4: The Bum Is Mine
5: Same Thing
6: Easy Baby
7: Bloomington Closing
8: Little Red Rooster
Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 3
1: Serious
2: Backtrack
3: Let's Try It Again
4: Freedom
5: Life Is a Bitch
6: Just Memories
7: Fight
8: Bad News Is Coming
9: Just My Guitar (And Me)
10: Now You Got It
11: Let's Have a Little Talk
12: The Dock of the Bay
Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 4
1: Good Morning Love
2: One More
3: Lightning Bolt
4: I Need a Friend
5: Castle
6: She's Fine
7: Stay with Me
8: Farmer's Child
9: Don't Burn My Bread
10: You're the One
11: Hand Me Down My Moonshine  
12: Meet Me in My Own Hometown  
Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 5
1: Bad Love  
2: I Wanna Know  
3: She Was Born That Way  
4: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is  
5: Nobody But You  
6: You've Been Teasin' Me  
7: Middle of the Road  
8: Love String  
9: Gave It All  
10: Soul Fixin' Man  
11: Freedom  
12: Things That I Used to Do  
Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 6
1: All the King's Horses  
2: What Have I Done Wrong?  
3: Big City  
4: Move from the 'Hood  
5: What's Going on in My Home?  
6: I Believe in You  
7: Watching You  
8: Walking Papers  
9: Think with Your Heart  
10: You Don't Know  
11: Should I Wait?  
12: Midnight Creeper  
Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 7
1: I'm Back  
2: Drownin' at the Bottom  
3: There Comes a Time  
4: Cancel My Check  
5: Just As I Am (Duet with Marla Glen)  
6: You Can Run But You Can't Hide  
7: Playin' a Losin' Game (Acoustic Duet with  
8: Will It Ever Change ?  
9: Living in the House of Blues  
10: You Can, You Can  
11: It's a Blues Thing  
12: Pain in the Streets  
13: Low Down and Dirty  
14: You're Gonna Make Me Cry  
Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 8
1: Backtrack  
2: Life Is a Bitch  
3: Reaching Out  
4: Parking Lot  
5: Serious  
6: Just Memories  
7: Should I Wait  
8: Let's Try Again  
9: We're on the Road  
Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 9
1: (DVD) Live Ost-Berlin 1987  
Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 10
1: (DVD) Live Germany 1991  
Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 11
1: (DVD) Live in Paradise 1997 (1)  
Luther Allison - A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch) Medium 12
1: (DVD) Live in Paradise 1997 (2)  

 

Artikeleigenschaften von Luther Allison: A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch)

  • Interpret: Luther Allison

  • Albumtitel: A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD & 7inch)

  • Format CD
  • Genre Blues

  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
  • Title A Legend Never Dies - Essential Recordings 1976 - 1997 (7-CD, 4-DVD)
  • Release date 2017
  • Label RUF RECORDS

  • SubGenre Blues - General

  • EAN: 0710347124320

  • weight in Kg 1.000
 
 

Artist description "Allison, Luther"

Luther Allison

Even when he was just starting out on Chicago's West Side, Luther Allison understood the value of showmanship. "People like me, Freddie King, Magic Sam, Buddy Guy, we kind of had what the new generation is creating today," said the late Allison. "We walked in (when) these great people like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter were sitting down on stage, kicking out that good sound. We, the young guys, they gave (us) a chance and at one point (we) said, 'Hey fellas, let's stand up like we do in church when we get happy. Let's show this energy!' Because if you're gonna feel good with the blues, you can't sit down. If you sit down, the audience is gonna want to sit down, and that's not gonna work. If you're gonna play a fast song, why sit down?"

When Chicago stopped being a welcoming homebase, the guitarist first migrated to Peoria, Illinois before chucking it all and settling in Paris. There Allison remained for the most part until 1994, when he came roaring back with a vengeance with his album ‘Soul Fixin' Man,' out on Alligator in the U.S. and in Europe on German manager Thomas Ruf's self-named label. The reenergized Allison's energy levels were higher than ever in concert; he seemed to need to prove himself all over again. "I know that there's no other blues act that can give that intensified four hours on stage at my age, and keep it interesting to the people," he boasted.

The intense minor-key Bad Love was one of the highlights on ‘Soul Fixin' Man.' Allison was on fire vocally as well as on his axe, backed by his co-writer James Solberg on the other guitar, keyboardist Ernest Williamson, bassist Dave Smith, drummer James Robinson, and the Memphis Horns (trumpeter Wayne Jackson and saxist Andrew Love, veterans of countless ‘60s Stax/Volt sessions). The set was produced by Jim Gaines at Ardent Studios in Memphis; he got all Allison had.

"Now I want to know why I can't be on the top with everybody else in the blues," wondered Allison at the start of his astonishing comeback. "Like Dr. John says, 'You got to be at the right place at the right time.' I've been at all the right places. I've been there at all the wrong times. But I think I'm back home at the right time." Galvanizing the blues world with his marathon shows, Allison encored on Alligator in 1995 with ‘Blue Streak' and 1997's ‘Reckless.' He was headed for the stratosphere when he was diagnosed with lung cancer and died August 12, 1997. Son Bernard Allison, a fine guitarist, carries on his dad's blues legacy.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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