Sunday, September 27, 2009

T-Bone WALKER - Very Rare 1973

T-Bone WALKER - Very Rare 1973
Label: Wounded Bird / Warner Brothers
Audio CD (October 24, 2000)


**The musician, who single handedly created the modern form of blues guitar, and in the process, transformed the configuration of American popular music.**

T-Bone kept up his performing regimen throughout the ‘50’s and into the ‘60’s. By 1962 he was touring Europe as part of a Blues Festival and recorded with pianist Memphis Slim in Germany. He was back in Europe from ’64 to ’72 and was prominent in the Blues Revival of the late ‘60’s, so he was able to benefit from this new audience, but then again he was always in demand, and never had a problem with gigs.He performed and was recorded at the 1972 Montreaux Jazz festival. He played at the top clubs in the US and across Europe. There are also recordings for a variety of labels in this period, some are better than others. His work for the Black and Blue label in France is well recorded, but he was starting to slow down, and it was starting to show.He was awarded a Grammy in 1970 for his record “Good Feelin'”(Polydor). He did some final sessions around 1973 for Reprise called “Very Rare” with an all star lineup of musicians, which was in part a tribute album. He suffered in an automobile accident, and began bouts with illness in 1974 and was in and out of hospitals. He died of bronchial pneumonia on March 16, 1975.
(Aaron Thibeaux Walker)T-Bone Walker- (Vocals, Guitar);
Ben Benay- (Guitar, Harmonica);
Larry Carlton, Richard Bennett, Dean Parks, Louis Shelton- (Guitar);
John Tropea- (Sitar);
David Nadien, Julius Brand, Manny Green, Leo Khan- (Violin);
Theodore Israel, Harold Coletta- (Viola);
Charles McCracken- (Cello);
Jerry Dodgion- (Flute, Alto Sax);
Jon Faddis- (Trumpet).
Guest Artists:
Dizzy Gillespie; Herbie Mann; David "Fathead" Newman; Gerry Mulligan;
Larry Carlton; Warren Bernhardt; Al Cohn.
A1. Striking on You, Baby   2:41
A2. Please Send Me Someone to Love   2:45
A3. The Last Clean Shirt   3:59
A4. Evening   4:18
A5. The Come Back   3:56

B1. Your Picture Done Faded   2:53
B2. Don't Give Me the Runaround   2:15
B3. Hard Times   2:55
B4. Every Day I Have the Blues   4:13
B5. Person to Person   2:25

C1. Fever   4:08
C2. Three Corn Patches   3:06
C3. I'm Still in Love With You   4:22
C4. Just a Little Bit   2:40
C5. James Junior   2:38

D1. Been Down So Long   2:15
D2. If You Don't Come Back   2:40
D3. Kansas City   2:32
D4. Well, I Done Got Over It   3:04
D5. Stormy Monday   5:42

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