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Lackawanna Blues (Soundtrack) by Various Artists

Need a good dose of blues after that hard grueling day? Well this CD is it! It's the soundtrack to an HBO film called Lackawanna Blues. In listening to good blues, you need to find a good collection of artists to choose from. I was most impressed by the line up, Mos Def, Ricky Fante, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Macy Gray, and Robert Bradley, as well as the famous Little Jimmy Scott, Big Joe Turner, Etta Baker, Tommy Tucker & the blues king T-Bone Walker.

This is a fun, upbeat CD that puts you into a happy mood and keeps that right foot a tapping. As I always mention, blues tells a story with great emotion. The chords seem to be very simple, but its the musician that pores out their heart and soul to greet you. A good example is track 3 If I ever Lost You by Jimmy Scott. Its wonderful, and has every emotion hitting you right in the face, where you agree to every word Scott bellows out. Another famous tune is But its Alright by the great J.J. Jackson.

I grew up in a musical family. Listening to my Dad, showing me the song B-I-N-G-O on his guitar, to my brother, who loves rock and blues. He and I had wonderful days playing in bands, learning the blues. This was something that would stay with us for the rest of our lives. Its nice to listen to Lackawanna, that has so much variety of masterful blues. Exploration is still the key. Don't be afraid of it, engulf the presence. I had stated in a past review, that jazz had its roots from the blues. This is one of many ingredients of jazz. The CD is put together well, meaning it flows in the orders of listings from soft to very hard blues and back again. An example of that hard blues is High Heel Sneaker by Tommy Tucker.

This type of blues is called traditional.It sounds like there are no enhancements of modern day compression sounds or sounds made from the mixing board in the recording studio.The sound is pure. Too many recordings and artists today use tricks to either make the sound fuller or their voice more enhanced.Great artists have learned from these people on Lackawanna Blues, such as Eric "Slowhand" Clapton, B.B. King and The Allman Brothers Band, just to name a few. Listen to how blues makes you feel. I rate this a 3 out of 5 in my Jazz-o-meter.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Various Artists
  • CD Title: Lackawanna Blues (Soundtrack)
  • Genre: Blues
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Vanguard Records
  • Rating: Three Stars
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