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1 vinyl LP (CrossCut) 1985 - original pressing! When in 1985 the Berlin Jazz Festival signed up... more

The Nighthawks: Live In Europe

1 vinyl LP (CrossCut) 1985 - original pressing!

When in 1985 the Berlin Jazz Festival signed up three US acts (NRBQ, John Hammond, ...) in a package, one of the best-established barroom bands from the US East Coast at the time was coming to Europe for the first time - The Nighthawks from Bethesda, Maryland.
In the first 10 years since its formation, the band played an average of more than 3,000 shows in the U.S. alone and turned down all European offers for tours. Their first shows in London, Berlin and Bremen brought sold out venues to a boil!
A year later, the band returned. This time CrossCut was prepared, signed the band, recorded the performance on 24-tracks at Bremen's 'Schauburg' and released the show on LP and CD.
The congenial partnership between Mark Wenner, whose heart beats for Elvis and Muddy Waters alike, and Jimmy Thackery, a true wizard of the trade who brought the traditional sounds of Carl Perkins or Albert King into the modern era, was at its peak before Thackery left the Nighthawks a good year later after one last concert in Hamburg's 'Große Freiheit' and started a successful solo career.
'Live In Europe' is pure power with incredible dynamics and confident virtuosity. The quartet grooves relentlessly, Wenner's cool nasal vocals and polished harmonica technique perfectly complementing Thackery's soaring, then sensitive guitar playing and raspy vocal style. Plus a rhythm section that was among the best of those days.
The Nighthawks in the original line-up (Mark Wenner - harmonica, vocals; Jimmy Thackery - guitar, vocals; Jan Zukowski - bass; Pete Ragusa - drums, vocals) anno 1985 - a better mixture of Blues, Rock 'n' Roll and Rock was and is hard to find!

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  • Interpret: The Nighthawks

  • Album titlle: Live In Europe

  • Label LAMPING

  • Genre Blues

  • Price code BFX
  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 4000127720849

  • weight in Kg 0.26
Nighthawks, The - Live In Europe LP 1
01 Intro The Nighthawks
02 If You Love Me (Say I) The Nighthawks
03 Back To The City The Nighthawks
04 Mighty Long Time The Nighthawks
05 Nothin' But You The Nighthawks
06 Save That Dress The Nighthawks
07 Black Night The Nighthawks
08 Hard Headed Woman The Nighthawks
09 I Can Tell The Nighthawks
The Nighthawks (Robert Nighthawk) Until his disciple Earl Hooker came to prominence, it's... more
"The Nighthawks"

The Nighthawks (Robert Nighthawk)

Until his disciple Earl Hooker came to prominence, it's unlikely any blues slide guitarist developed a cleaner, lighter, more melodic touch than Robert Nighthawk. He started out recording in the pre-war era as Robert Lee McCoy, but that wasn't his real name either. He was born Robert Lee McCollum (or McCullum) in Helena, Arkansas on November 30, 1909.

Robert got started playing guitar late, at approximately 21. His first instrument was harmonica before his cousin, Houston Stackhouse, tutored him on guitar. But he was a fast learner. Bluebird signed him in 1937; he made his recording debut in Aurora, Illinois, on the same May day as Sonny Boy Williamson. By then, he'd changed his handle to McCoy after fleeing the south following a murky shooting incident that compelled him to take up residence in St. Louis.

One of McCoy's songs that day was called Prowling Night-Hawk, the inspiration for his most enduring alias. There were a couple more Bluebird dates and a 1940 Decca session as Peetie's Boy before the war upended recording activities. Nomadic Robert ended up back in Helena for a time, broadcasting his pungent blues over KFFA for Bright Star Flour in direct competition with the second Sonny Boy Williamson's 'King Biscuit Time' program.

Muddy Waters recommended his old friend Robert, who had by this time gone electric, to Leonard Chess. Nighthawk cut for him in late 1948 and again on July 12, 1949, when the day's itinerary included the chilling Black Angel Blues, pianist Ernest Lane and bassist Willie Dixon providing splendidly sparse accompaniment. The song harked back to 1930 and rough-edged classic blues singer Lucille Bogan (though Nighthawk was probably more familiar with fellow slide master Tampa Red’s 1934 version), and in 1956 B.B. King would score a solid R&B hit with it as Sweet Little Angel. Aristocrat—the label Leonard Chess was associated with prior to his own self-named firm—issued it as by The Nighthawks. The other side, Annie Lee Blues, made a chart dent—Robert's only fleeting moment in the national spotlight.

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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