R.L. Burnside - Too Bad Jim (1994) Lossless

R.L. Burnside - Too Bad Jim (1994) Lossless

Artist: R.L. Burnside
Title Of Album: Too Bad Jim
Year Of Release: 1994
Label: Fat Possum Records
Genre: Blues, Delta Blues, Electric Blues
Format: Flac
Quality: Lossless
Total Time: 41:24 Min
Total Size: 228 Mb (covers)
01. Shake 'Em On Down 4:48
02. When My First Wife Left Me 3:46
03. Short-Haired Woman 3:40
04. Old Black Mattie 4:10
05. Fireman Ring The Bell 3:58
06. Peaches 4:15
07. Miss Glory B. 3:24
08. .44 Pistol 2:56
09. Death Bell Blues 3:54
10. Goin' Down South 5:50
Too Bad Jim starts with a great sound: some rusty swipes on a slide guitar, the downbeat stomp of cheap drums, and all of a sudden R.L. Burnside has you off and running on “Shake ‘Em On Down,” a song he learned directly from his neighbor Mississippi Fred McDowell. The album was a welcome antidote to the hordes of Stevie Ray Vaughn imitators who had become stand-ins for blues music in the ‘80s and ‘90s. You couldn’t have picked a better person than R.L. to remind the world that the blues wasn’t really meant to be played by some guy with a ponytail in a Boston bar. R.L. had honed his trance-like technique over several decades, and at his advanced age he could swing and stamp a song like no one else. Heretofore unknown classics like “Goin’ Down South” and “Old Black Mattie” were putty in his hands. Better still, Too Bad Jim doesn’t sound like a record; it sounds like a night at a Holly Springs juke joint, the production (courtesy of Fat Possum engineer Bruce Watson and music critic/musician Robert Palmer) bringing to life the boxy echo and old wood of a country nightspot.

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