Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Belly Full of Blues, Jukin' with de Blues, Catbone Unreleased Kicks Off Its Anthology Series
The blues are back. But then again they never left. Catbone Unreleased has compiled a bunch of anthologies of classic blues and today we take a peek at one of them, Belly Full of Blues, Jukin' with de Blues (Catbone Unreleased 2004-2). Now the label name would lead you to suspect that all the cuts here have never been released, at least in the takes given. I am not entirely sure of that but it is excellent music either way. The sequence of cuts listed on the back cover is out of order, but at any rate there are some gems by John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Richard and Tina Turner, and some cuts by lesser known blues persons or persons not primarily associated with the blues these days (Peter Frampton), or things that aren't quite the blues (Jack Millman's "Polka Dots and Moonbeams". "Sweet Sixteen" sounds like it's BB King and not Howlin' Wolf as the back cover states. There are a few other glitches as well.
What's great here is great! There are few that are less great. The good (great) outweighs the lesser though...