"TAKOMA BLUES": Recorded in basements, apartments, small clubs, and dingy recording studios, this CD sounds about as close to having the artists in your living room as you can get. The sound is clear and sharp, the performances are all masterpieces, all the songs are sung from the heart. The work by Maxwell Street Jimmy, the Reverend Robert Wilkins, and Little Brother Montgomery are standouts, but there is not a bad track here. As electrifying as acoustic music can be. (Blues Beat)The recordings on this CD were made by Norman Dayton in the Chicago of the early 60's. These are live performances,no overdubbing,the music exactly as it was played. Many of the cuts were recorded during performances in small clubs around Chicago,others in makeshift studios set up in basements or apartments.The sound quality is surprisingly good, the recording venues actually contributing to the raw feel of the tracks. The music is, without exception, excellent. Highlights include Dr. Isiah Ross' "Chicago Breakdown" and "V-8 Ford Blues" by James Cotton, joined by Paul Butterfield on harp and Elvin Bishop on National Resonator guitar. This CD documents the blues scene of this time and place uncluttered by the production and commericalization brought about soon after by the big record companies. Buy it and enjoy the beauty of it's simplicity and honesty. (Blues World)

1. Alberta - Maxwell Street Jimmy 2. I Ain't Got Nobody - Big Joe Williams 3. I Wish I Was In Heaven Sittin' Down - Rev. Robert Wilkins 4. Pleadin' Blues - Little Brother Montgomery 5. Lend Me Your Love - Sunnyland Slim 6. Two Trains Running - Maxwell Street Jimmy 7. Whistling Pines - Big Joe Williams 8. O Lord I Want You To Help Me - Rev. Robert Wilkins 9. Hesitatin' Blues - Little Brother Montgomery 10. Chicago Breakdown - Dr. Isaiah Ross 11. V-8 Ford Blues - James Cotton 12. Cryin' Won't Make Me Stay - Maxwell Street Jimmy 13. Michigan Water Blues - Little Brother Montgomery 14. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - John Lee Granderson 15. Hobo Blues - Dr. Isaiah Ross 16. Polly Put The Kettle On - James Cotton 17. Five Long Years - Eddie Boyd
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