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Lightnin' Slim: Rooster Blues

Album Reviews:

Living Blues (1-2/99, p.76) - "...one of the bluest sounding blues singers ever to record....serves as a jolting reminder of how much could be accomplished ina two-minute song with a four-bar instrumental track....essential for anyone who doesn't already have them."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Lightin' Slim (vocals, guitar); Guitar Gable (guitar); Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo (harmonica); Tal Miller (piano); Kenneth "Sam" Sample, Clarence "Jockey" Etienne, Roosevelt Semple (drums); Monroe Vincent (percussion).

Recorded in Crowley, Louisiana between September 1955 and September 1959. Originally released as Excello (8000). Includes liner notes by Cub Koda.

Digitally remastered by Tom Moulton and Greg Vaughn (Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs, New York, New York).

When people talk about Louisiana swamp blues, this is what they're talking about. Excello Records' first foray into albums came with this wonderful collection of singles by Lightnin' Slim, largely issued around the success of the title track, an R&B hit in 1960. "Long Leanie Mama," "My Starter Won't Work," "It's Mighty Crazy," "Hoo-Doo Blues," "Tom Cat Blues," "Lightnin' Troubles," "G.I. Slim," and "Feelin' Awful Blues" are all certified swamp blues classics and about as lowdown as the genre can get possibly get. With Lazy Lester on harmonica for the majority of the tracks here, the stripped-down approach to Slim's brand of blues gives these sides a decidedly front-porch ambience, with the added pulsating tape echo and oddball percussive effects just making everything on here sound even more doom-laden. An essential blues purchase. ~ All Music Guide


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