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Deluxe Edition

by Charlie Musselwhite Charlie Musselwhite


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Calling this retrospective by Charlie Musselwhite a "deluxe edition" may be a little misleading. Twelve of the album's 14 tracks come from three albums he recorded for Alligator in the early '90s. There are four each from Ace of Harps (1990), Signature (1991), and In My Time (1993). The sequencing is beautifully done and representative. The true curiosities are two unissued cuts. The first is "Lotsa Poppa," an outtake from the In My Time sessions. The cut itself isn't such a revelation, but Musselwhite's harp playing and singing is. His delivery is signature in that he is always slow and relaxed yet just underneath. There in the grain of his voice is something else, something that smolders. The final cut here is from Musselwhite's private collection of tapes and it was recorded at home in the early '60s. It features the legendary Will Shade instructing a very young Musselwhite on guitar and singing with him. It's ragged but moving and poetic. This is priceless archival blues history and is a fine bookend. Hopefully this will inspire the bluesman to find a venue to release more of his personal archives in the future.

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Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2005
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551561224
catalogNumber: 5612
Rank: 34303


  1. River Hip Mama
  2. Mean Ole Frisco
  3. Blues Got Me Again
  4. Bedside of a Neighbor
  5. When It Rains It Pours
  6. Lotsa Poppa
  7. Movin' and Groovin'
  8. .38 Special
  9. Mama Long Legs
  10. The Blues Overtook Me
  11. My Road Lies in Darkness
  12. If I Should Have Bad Luck
  13. Make My Getaway
  14. Newport News Blues

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charlie Musselwhite   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Clarence Fountain   Vocals
Lew Soloff   Trumpet
Gene Taylor   Piano
Larry Taylor   Bass
Art Baron   Trombone
Bobby Butler   Vocals
Jimmy Carter   Vocals
Felton Crews   Bass
Curtis Foster   Vocals
Stephen Hodges   Drums
Andrew Jones   Guitar
Artis Joyce   Bass,Bass Guitar
Lenny Pickett   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Will Shade   Vocals
Mike Watson   Guitar
Tommy Hill   Drums
Blind Boys of Alabama   Vocals
Michael "Junior" Watson   Guitar
Steven Hodges   Drums

Technical Credits

Charlie Musselwhite   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Rushing   Composer
Art Baron   Horn Arrangements
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Patrick Ford   Producer
Bruce Iglauer   Liner Notes
Andrew Jones   Composer
Bruce Kaphan   Engineer
Samuel Lehmer   Engineer
Kevin Morrow   Producer
Will Shade   Composer
Jay Shilliday   Engineer
Ira Tucker   Composer
Pierre Degeneffe   Cover Photo
Kevin Niemiec   Design Producer

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