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The "Memphis Soul" of Stax Records' mid-Sixties sound has long been recognized by the chunky portions of Hammond organ and wry guitar licks served up by their legendary studio house band, Booker T. & The MG's, with a little soul dressing of Otis Redding on the side.
Likewise, the twin themes of exile and poverty (and perhaps the poor treatment of men by their big-legged women) in Mississippi Delta Blues runs deep and from as many sources as the rivers that flow into the region itself. From Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Milton, to the royal highness of guitarists Albert and B.B. King, the very essence of the Delta sound begs the curious question: "Was there something in the water?"
These two Southern sources are readily apparent in the grooves of the disc you're now listening to. Maybe "you don't miss your water till the well runs dry" but there's no chance of that with Blues Underground's generous flood of great songs. Listen to the deep, dark-hued voice of Roy Jones, who hails from the banks of the Mississippi river and Humphrey, Arkansas, sixty close miles from Memphis and the birthplace of these mighty sounds. Listen to the way he makes the woeful "St. James Infirmary" his own, or the way he breaks your heart with the group's self-penned title track "On My Way Back Home," and you'll hear what a sobering effect his liquid vocals have. There's a sense that he's lived the hard luck of "Born Under A Bad sign" one minute, then convincing us he means it when he tells us "The Thrill Is Gone" the next... and all this despite his incredible success on Broadway in the Eighties (where he may have been influenced as much by Paul Robeson as anyone else). That's the high watermark of his talent, to make us believe in the Blues he sings.
Now, add to this chilling coctail the thick, oozing Hammond organ of Walt Thompson, the rippling basslines of Michael Sunday, and the shimmering ice-blue rhythms of Dan Bachar's Fender guitar, and you have a potent drink, refreshing and cool. Like a subterranean river bubbling just below the surface, this is the sound of the Underground. (Bryan Thomas)
01 - The Thrill Is Gone 05:47
02 - Messin' With The Kid 04:29
03 - St. James Infirmary 04:22
04 - On My Way Back Home 04:47
05 - Love And Understanding 03:01
06 - The Sky Is Crying 06:38
07 - You Upset Me 03:49
08 - It's Been So Long 05:06
09 - Born Under A Bad Sign 03:44
10 - Why Did She Go? 05:40
11 - Bring Your Fine Self Home 05:18
12 - You Have All My Love 04:57
13 - The Same Thing 05:07
14 - Big Legged Woman 04:22
15 - I'll Play The Blues For You 03:57
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