John Littlejohn Carey Bell - The Blues Show: Live At Pit Inn (1994)

John Littlejohn Carey Bell - The Blues Show: Live At Pit Inn (1994)

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Artist: John Littlejohn & Carey Bell
Title Of Album: The Blues Show: Live At Pit Inn
Year Of Release: 1994
Label: P-Vine Records
Genre: Electric Chicago Blues
Format: MP3, Lame 3.92
Quality: CBR 256 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 00:45:00
Total Size: 93 Mb
Covers: Yes
Johnny Littlejohn's stunning mastery of the slide guitar somehow never launched him into the major leagues of bluesdom. Only on a handful of occasions was the Chicago veteran's vicious bottleneck attack captured effectively on wax, but anyone who experienced one of his late-night sessions as a special musical guest on the Windy City circuit will never forget the crashing passion in his delivery.
Delta-bred John Funchess first heard the blues just before he reached his teens at a fish fry where a friend of his father's named Henry Martin was playing guitar. He left home in 1946, pausing in Jackson, MS; Arkansas, and Rochester, NY, before winding up in Gary, IN. In 1951, he began inching his way into the Gary blues scene, his Elmore James-influenced slide style making him a favorite around Chicago's south suburbs in addition to steel mill-fired Gary.
Littlejohn waited an unconscionably long time to wax his debut singles for Margaret (his trademark treatment of Brook Benton's "Kiddio"), T-D-S, and Weis in 1968. But before the year was out, Littlejohn had also cut his debut album, Chicago Blues Stars, for Chris Strachwitz's Arhoolie logo. It was a magnificent debut, the guitarist blasting out a savage Chicago/Delta hybrid rooted in the early '50s rather than its actual timeframe.
Unfortunately, a four-song 1969 Chess date remained in the can. After that, another long dry spell preceded Littlejohn's 1985 album So-Called Friends for Rooster Blues, an ambitious but not altogether convincing collaboration between the guitarist and a humongous horn section that sometimes grew to eight pieces. The guitarist had been in poor health for some time prior to his 1994 passing. --Bill Dahl. AMG.
01. Bloody Tears
02. Hoochie Coochie Man
03. Mama Told Me
04. Sweet Home Chicago
05. Dream
06. Carey Bell's Rock
07. Easy to Love You
08. Kiddio
09. Slidin' Home
10. Shake Your Money Maker
Carey Bell- Harmonica, Vocals
Larry Burton- Guitar
Willie Kent- Bass
John Littlejohn- Guitar, Vocals
Recorded: Roppongi Pit Inn, Tokyo, Japan, December 22, 1981

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