Thursday, January 28, 2010

Charlie MUSSELWHITE - Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite's Southside Band 1967

Charlie MUSSELWHITE - Stand Back! Here Comes Charley Musselwhite's Southside Band 1967
VSD 79232


This is Charlie's debut and simply a killer. If you are blues fanatic such as I am, this is a must for your collection. The styling is much like Paul Butterfield's early work. Charlie is a master of the instrument and blues. This is an excellent place to start. I highly recommend all of Charlie's sets, but this is the place to start. Pure Chicago blues at it's finest. This is a must. .
Vanguard may have spelled his name wrong (he prefers Charlie or Charles), but the word was out as soon as this solo debut was released: Here was a harpist every bit as authentic, as emotional, in some ways as adventuresome, as Paul Butterfield. Similarly leading a Chicago band with a veteran Black rhythm section (Fred Below on drums, Bob Anderson on bass) and rock-influenced soloists (keyboardist Barry Goldberg, guitarist Harvey Mandel), Musselwhite played with a depth that belied his age -- only 22 when this was cut! His gruff vocals were considerably more affected than they would become later (clearer, more relaxed), but his renditions of "Help Me," "Early in the Morning," and his own "Strange Land" stand the test of time. He let his harmonica speak even more authoritatively on instrumentals like "39th and Indiana" (essentially "It Hurts Me Too" sans lyrics) and "Cha Cha the Blues," and his version of jazz arranger Duke Pearson's gospel-tinged "Cristo Redentor" has become his signature song -- associated with Musselwhite probably more so than with trumpeter Donald Byrd, who originally recorded the song for Blue Note. Goldberg is in fine form (particularly on organ), but Mandel's snakey, stuttering style really stands out -- notably on "Help Me," his quirky original "4 P.M.," and "Chicken Shack," where he truly makes you think your record is skipping.
By Dan Forte. AMG.
Barry Goldberg- Organ, Guitar, Piano, Producer, Keyboards
Bob Anderson- Bass
Fred Below- Drums
Harvey Mandel- Guitar
Charlie Musselwhite- Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Main Performer, Performer
A1. Baby Will You Please Help Me   3:20
A2. No More Lonely Nights   5:14
A3. Cha Cha the Blues   3:13
A4. Christo Redemptor   3:21
A5. Help Me   3:29
A6. Chicken Shack   4:17
B1. Strange Land   3:04
B2. 39th and Indiana   4:12
B3. My Baby   2:46
B4. Early in the Morning   4:31
B5. 4 P.M.   3:17
B6. Sad Day   5:04

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