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Luther Allison Live In Chicago (2-CD)

Live In Chicago (2-CD)
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Recorded when he was just about to cross over into the US rock market, leaving the plane to... more

Luther Allison: Live In Chicago (2-CD)

Recorded when he was just about to cross over into the US rock market, leaving the plane to enter the stage at Chicago's Blues Fest performing for more than 150,000. Luther Allison was the hardest-working blues guitar player I ever met. Sometimes he played for more than four hours, powerful and intense. He will be remembered for his soaring guitar sound, his powerful vocals, and his great stage personality. And he was a wonderful person. With this 2-CD set, perfectly recorded, we can bring him back into our living rooms to celebrate another night of the blues with one of the greatest. A wonderful album. LUTHER ALLISON - gtr/voc, JAMES SOLBERG - gtr, MIKE VLAHAKIS - kbds, KEN FALTINSON - bass, ROBB STUPPKA / J. MATTES / WILLIE HAYES - drums, THE MEMPHIS HORNS. Special guests: OTIS RUSH - gtr, EDDIE C. CAMPBELL - gtr.

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  • Interpret: Luther Allison

  • Album titlle: Live In Chicago (2-CD)

  • Label RUF RECORDS

  • Genre Blues

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0710347104223

  • weight in Kg 0.14
Allison, Luther - Live In Chicago (2-CD) CD 1
01 Intro
02 Soul Fixin' Man
03 Cherry Red Wine
04 Move From The Hood
05 Bad Love
06 Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
07 Big City
08 Give Me Back My Wig
09 It Hurts Me Too
10 Gambler's Blues/Sweet Little Angel Medley
Allison, Luther - Live In Chicago (2-CD) CD 2
01 Party Time
02 All The King's Horses
03 What Have I Done Wrong
04 Walking Papers
05 Think With Your Heart
06 What's Going On In My Home
07 Will It Ever Change
08 You're Gonna Make Me Cry
09 Everything's Gonna Be All Right
Luther Allison Even when he was just starting out on Chicago's West Side, Luther Allison... more
"Luther Allison"

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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