TEIBUTE TO JIMMY REED
|Northern Disc 4269-70
|2013, Disc One, Track 1: Live Nation UK 18 October, Tracks 2-18,20,21: Royal Albert Hall, London 1 November, Track 19: BBC News 29 October; Track 22: BBC 2 Andrew Marr Show 27 October; Disc Two, Tracks 1-7: The Cutting Room, New York 7 November 2nd show; Tracks 8- 19: The Cutting Room, New York 8 November; Tracks 21,22: The Cutting Room, New York 9 November.
|2 picture DVD-R
|Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
|Double Clasmshell Case
SOUND 8.5 / PACKAGING 9
/ PERFORMANCE 10
1. Blues Fest, 2.
Introduction, 3. A Natural Born Lover, 4. Let
s Get Together, 5. Baby What You Want Me To Do, 6. Ain t That Lovin You Baby, 7.
Big Boss Man, 8. Bright Lights, Big City, 9. High And Lonesome, 10. Mr.Luck, 11.
Blue Carnegie, 12. I m That Man Down There, 13. Got Nowhere To Go, 14. Shame
Shame Shame, 15. You Don t Have To Go, 16. Honest I Do, 17. Upside Your Hand, 18.
Going To New York,
19. Behind Scenes, 20.
I Pity The Fool, 21.
Further On Up The Road, 22. High And Lonesome.
Disc Two: 1.
Natural Born Lover, 2. Ain t That Lovin You Baby, 3. High And Lonesome, 4.
5. I m The Man Down There, 6. Blue
Carnegie, 7. Going To New York, 8. You Got Me Dizzy, 9. I Ain t Got You, 10.
Big Boss Man, 11. Big Boss Man (Can t You Hear Me Knocking on cover), 12.
Bright Lights, Big City, 13. Baby What You Want Me To Do, 14. Blue Carnegie,
15. Mr. Luck, 16. Shame Shame Shame, 17. High And Lonesome, 18. Honest I Do,
19. Upside Your Head, 20. Going To New
York, 21. Honest I Do, 22. Going To New York.
a great couple of
audience recordings from Ron Wood & Mick Taylor Tribute to Jimmy Reed, the
very first appearance in London at the Blues
Fest on November 1st 2013 and
the first concert held in New
York s The Cutting Room on November 7th 2013, during
their visit to the USA.
London s Royal
Albert Hall stage has a huge photo of Jimmy Reed above the stage; the concert
is shot in 16:9 and has a very steady camera, sound is very good, this is the
only video document of these gigs around and therefore it is precious stuff for
Stones collectors. The first disc opens with a Wood interview to promote the
Blues Fest that was streamed on the internet. The London recording presents a
mix of sources, the first song is shot from the right side of the stage, but
the second from above with greater resolution and zooms that afford clear view
of the players, High and Lonesome is shot from front row and a bit out of focus,
other songs have more than one source mixed together in order to be complete,
like Shame Shame Shame; some tracks are incomplete like Honest I Do and one is
missing (Roll And Rhumba) unfortunately..
It must be
said that Ron Wood and Mick Taylor really complement each other in their
playing and Jimmy Reed songs are performed with ease and class and that sort of
camaraderie that establishes itself when talented guitarists melt together
playing what they like best; there are great solos from Taylor and Wood on Mr.
Luck, one of the few slow songs, that showcase their different styles of
playing, Wood is also very good at playing harmonica Jimmy Reed s style.
Many musicians are also in the band like Ben
Webster on piano, Al Kooper on keyboards and Dave Green on upright bass as well
as guests like Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall and Paul Weller that increase the
charm of this release. A funny moment happens when during Got Nowhere To Go
Mick Hucknall points with each hand at both Wood and Taylor when the lyrics say
Got Nowhere To Go, I m Like A Rolling Stone, except that he sings Like Two
Rolling Stones. Gong To New York is the final number with all guests on stage
and vocals shared between Wood, Womack and Tom Hare. This is not the end of the
disc, though because we have a short Wood and Womack interview from BBC News
and also two tracks done by Mick Hucknall before where Ron Wood and eventually
Mick Taylor joined him on stage; finally a solo acoustic performance done on
BBC 2 TV that happened some days before to promote the concert.
disc starts with what seems to be the second show from The Cutting Room the first
day of concert, since the first show released by Godfather Records has
different songs listed (it could also be the reverse though, this being the
first show and Godfather s the second). Jimmy Reed picture behind the stage changes
with songs but this video lacks sharpness especially when zooming in, however
the sound is excellent. Musically speaking in New York
there is more room for keyboards to solo than in London; on the final number Going To New York
Taylor sings some countermelody too. The second concert included on this disc is
the one from November 8th and is a mix of two sources, one shot much
better than the previous one that has You Got Me Dizzy that seems to have been
performed just here and the other less sharp in pictures, but with many close
ups like on Big Boss Man first source where the camera is right on Taylor s and
Wood s fingers; despite being advertised on the back cover listings as Can t
You Hear Me Knocking there is just a second source of Big Boss Man, followed by
Bright Lights, Big City which has an on screen text saying it is coming from
the first of two nights in New York though it mentions November 8th
(?). Baby What You Want Me To Do (a.k.a. Peepin And Hiding) has again great
sharp footage and is sung by both Wood and Taylor with tasty interlude by Al
Kooper. Jimmy Reed s immortal rhythm is on forefront on the instrumental Blue
Carnegie which has Ron Wood playing the harmonica in the beginning of the song;
here there are two slide solos the first by Wood and the second by Taylor, then
Wood back to the harmonica while Taylor provides the rhythmic part, the final
solo being Wood s. If there is a song that can be selected to showcase this
music is certainly this one. On Shame Shame Shame and High And Lonesome Gary
Clark jr. comes up on stage singing and adding his fluid playing style to the
set. The last two songs on this disc come from the final show that happened on
the 9th of November, too bad more footage isn t available from this
concert because quality is quite good despite being shot from the left side of
This is a
fantastic release that should have come out on silver disc, but hopefully there
will be an official product to celebrate this project that deserves to be seen not
only by Stones collectors but also by all blues lovers.
May 4, 2014 - 8:06:21 AM