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VARIOUS ARTISTS - CD
THE BEST OF HOWLIN' FOR HUBERT

LABEL:
Cpt.Acid Special Project
SOURCE:
The Apollo Theatre, New York 24 February 2012
FORMAT:
1 cdr download
RUNNING TIME:
79.47
SOUND/SOURCE:
Audience stereo
PACKAGING:
Single Slimline Jewel case
 


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SOUND 9 / PACKAGING 10 / PERFORMANCE 10
 

TRACK LIST:

1. Key To The Highway, 2. Evil, 3. Going Down, 4. Hoochie Koochie Man,   5. Shake For Me, 6. Little Baby, 7. 44 Blues, 8. Goin Down Slow, 9. Little Red Rooster, 10. Spoonful, 11. Wang Dang Doodle, 12. Smokestack Lightning.

 
REVIEW:

The news in late February for many music fans were all about the Blues, while many performers were in Washington at the White House for Red While & Blues including Jagger, other performers gathered three days later at New York's Apollo Theatre to celebrate Hubert Sumlin's legacy, amongst them Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. Many labels have released cdr and even silver cds from this show, but Cpt.Acid did work on this releasing a best of after having worked remastering it a bit more; Waves Maximizer (adjusted) was used in order to bring everything bit closer, it was kind of a distant sounding document and some more EQ and level correction. Actually this is work is dedicated to Keith Richards and Eric Clapton fanatics, included is every track from the concert with Keith and Eric and a few more tracks, like with David Johansen, Buddy Guy and finale. Mr D has adopted the artwork (from the 3 discs set) and ever since Peter Green, green is the colour associated with the blues. Let s mention first the house band that included Willie Weeks on electric bass, Larry The Mole Taylor on standup bass, Eddie Taylor jr., Billy Flynn and Danny Kortchmar on guitar, Ivan Neville on keyboards, Eddy Shaw on sax,Chuck Goering on piano, Jim Keltner and Steve Jordan on drums and Kim Wilson on harp. The first track is Eric Clapton acoustic   version of “Key To The Highway” with James Cotton on harp; then it is David Johansen who perfectly fits in singing "Evil" backed by a great ensemble featuring Billy Gibbons, Jody Williams and Kenney Wayne Shepherd. "Goin Down" is sung by Buddy Guy with Robert Randolph as well as "Hoochie Coochie Man". Clapton comes back for "Shake For Me" helped by Gary Clark jr. (a song that strongly reminds "Killing Floor") and they both play on "Little Baby" with a tasty set of guitar solos while on "44 Blues" they are helped by Jody Williams. "Going Down Slow" marks the stage appearance of Keith Richards who sings the Jimmy Oden classic; after he plays an acoustic guitar on "Little Red Rooster" with James Cotton on harp, the same musician are on stage for "Spoonful" while the grand finale has all musicians including Warren Haynes, Jimmy Vaughn, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Shemekia Copeland, Big Head Todd, Keb Mo and Elvis Costello on stage for "Wang Dang Doodle" and "Smokestack Lightning". This release is a nice one although just an appetizer for the full set which has been rumoured to appear on silver discs.

 





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