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Title - 'This Is the Blues Volume 3 + 4' (Eagle Records)
Artist - Various

Wow! What a wonderful, indepth, raw two volume set of Blues CDs if ever there were ... again ... as we've already had, of course, volumes 1 and 2!

The 'This Is The Blues' sets present a musical collective interpreting some of the greatest blues and blues-rock tunes of all time. Classics written by the likes of Jeff Beck, Peter Green, Gary Moore, Jack Bruce, Gary Brooker, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and others are brought to the fore here on volumes 3 and 4 from Eagle Records.

The third in the series which, trust me, seamlessly picks up where the last two volumes left off, (amazingly, and yet fluidly) merge jazz fusion/hard rock, with blues, with classic rock, and even heavy metal. And, although this could just be my ol' ears playing tricks on me, it seems that these latter two volumes are more contemporary sounding than the previous two volumes, 'Crawlin' King Snake' by the Peter Green Splinter Group this is one monkey of a way to open ANY album!

Other highlights, again, for me at least, include (and how the hell couldn't it be for anyone?!) Savoy Brown's blistering version of 'Little Red Rooster,' Jonathan Mover's 'Fleetwood Mac,' and Llc's wonderful 'Bad Like Jesse James.'

But, of course, volume four has it's own stand out cuts too: Andy Fairweather-Low's 'Looking For Somebody,' 'The Green Manalishi' by Peter Brown, and the well-known (movie wise), pulsating 7-minute version of 'Oh Yeah' by Tommy Mandel.

Oh, and for the inside-track info on this particular song, as much as this might well be yet another Green penned track, it also features Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) on bass/vocals along with fabulous guitar work from none other than Roy Z (Rob Halford, Judas Priest; Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden).

Lastly, a simply breathtaking version of 'Please Dont Let Me be Misunderstood' is covered in this fourth volume by Miller Anderson, a veteran of the Spencer Davis Group. Indeed, it's his soulful acoustic version done here that digs so deep it leaves you glad that Tommy Mandel's upbeat 'Oh Yeah' kicks in afterwards!





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