Friday, February 5, 2010
Hubert SUMLIN - Blues Guitar Boss 1994
The man who gave the guitar bite to Howlin' Wolf classics like "Wang Dang Doodle" and "Killing Floor" put together a set of originals almost as solid as his past work.
By Keith Farley.
Although they had a somewhat tempestuous relationship, Sumlin remained loyal to Wolf until the big man's 1976 death. But there were a handful of solo sessions for Sumlin before that, beginning with a most unusual 1964 date in East Berlin that was produced by Horst Lippmann during a European tour under the auspices of the American Folk Blues Festival (the behind-the-Iron Curtain session also featured pianist Sunnyland Slim and bassist Willie Dixon).
Only in the last few years has Sumlin allowed his vocal talents to shine. He's recorded solo sets for Black Top and Blind Pig that show him to be an understated but effective singer -- and his guitar continues to communicate most forcefully.
By Bill Dahl, All Music Guide.
Hubert Sumlin- (Vocals, Guitar);
Richard Studholme- (Guitar, Upright Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals);
Jack Hill- (piano, Hammond B-3 Organ);
Steve Thorneycroft- (Drums).
01. All I Can Do Sumlin 5:15
02. You Got to Help Me Sumlin 5:32
03. Blues Is Here to Stay Studholme 3:14
04. Sometimes I'm Right Sumlin 7:09
05. Spanish Greens Sumlin 4:19
06. Still Playing the Blues Studholme 4:26
07. I Could Be You Sumlin 3:43
08. Pickin' Sumlin 3:01
09. Look Don't Touch Sumlin 3:43
10. I've Stopped Crying Studholme 3:49