Johnny Shines – The Blues Came Falling Down – Live 1973
Format: 2CD – Digital / Label: Omnivore Records
Releasedatum: 3 mei 2019

Tekst: Iain Patience

Anything new from the late, truly great Johnny Shines is nothing short of pure gold. Shines remains one of the greatest US bluesmen to have graced the planet, a man with a distinctive vocal delivery and guitar chops that fearlessly met any challenge presented with class, style, rippling beauty and absolute ease. This is a man who was sent out to ‘cut’ the blues god and king Robert Johnson way back in the day on the northern street corners.

Here, we have a stunning twenty- track, Live double album full to busting with Johnny Shines’ most revered and loved tracks, a previously unreleased goldmine from 1973, that belies the recording era with remarkable recording quality and values. Shines, having watched Robert Johnson in action working the streets, instead of taking his business or trying to  muscle in, instead found himself entranced by the guy and as a result became a close friend and confidant, taking to the road together with him for years until Johnson’s untimely, well-documented death in 1938.

Some actually say that Shines could do anything Johnson could, though that might be an overstatement that also belittles Shines himself as a bluesman who had his own vibe and feel for the music that bound the guys together from the very start. Anyone looking for an album that simply shines in every conceivable way should look no further than this absolute master-class in laid-back, period- traditional blues from a towering master of the genre. Wow, what an album.
Thank you Omnivore Recordings.

01. Big Boy Boogie
02. Seems A Million Years
03. Cold In Hand Blues
04. Kind Hearted Woman Blues
05. Have You Every Loved A Woman
06. Stay High All Day Long
07. Stand By Me
08. I’m A Steady Rollin’ Man
09. Happy Home
10. Someday Baby Blues
11. They’re Red Hot (Hot Tamales)
12. You’re The One I Love
13. Sweet Home Chicago
14. The Blues Came Falling Down
15. Big Star Falling
16. Tell Me Mama
17. Ramblin’
18. It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine
19. Goodbye Boogie
20. How You Want Your Rollin’ Done

Website: Omnivore Records