(Norton 270) Oh, yes, finally in Nortophonic Loud Sound, the original Yucca masters come to life with enough stomp blues wail to set ya pants afire! The real deal gittar man who started the whole El Paso Rock deal rollin' is now on Norton with his early greasy SW grinders! Get thee ready to salivate aplenty! Catch Long John in action on tour & holler for all his Yucca/Norton wildies! He's sure to oblige!
El Paso Rock / Ride With Me Baby / Border Town Blues / Flippin' Fingers / Midnight Stroll / Hey Mrs. Jones / Shuffle Out / School Girl / So Long / The Scratch / Betty Lou / Strange Feeling / Grandma / I Wanna Love You / Old Red / Stop What You're Doin' / Ole Rattler / Slash / Come On / I Don't Care / Betty Lou (alt)
"Best Historical Blues Release Of The Year." - Living Blues
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Great collection of Long John Hunter's Yucca sides from the period when he was killing it nightly at The Lobby in Juarez. Nice informative booklet is included with the CD.
Fer me the mere mention of "da blooze" conjures up images of late-seventies white college boys listening to other late-seventies college boys playing old Howlin' Wolf songs filtered through stacks of Marshalls as well as stacks of white British blues platters for that matter. That's why it's always tops hearing this sorta sound as it was originally meant to be. Hardass r&b here thanks to the guy who just about single-handedly influenced the late-fifties Western Texas rock 'n roll era with his Juarez-based act that sounds to me (in no way a humongous fan) a whole lot more energetic than even jaded I would have guessed. Miriam Linna's liner notes would get her an "A+" if I were here English teach, and the interview conducted by John Morthland really did surprise me because I thought that Hunter was a guy who had sorta vanished into the nada of deepest Mexico ne'er to be heard from again!
I'd buy this cd for the photo of THE LOBBY if nothing else, but you get the R&B legend, a natural from a mule & plow to backing down Houston music mobster to tenture track at the Lobby in Juarez .Oh Jesus, you also get his history written by Miriam Linna & Interview by John Morthland plus the cuts that Buddy Holley & Bobby Fuller ventured across the border to hear. I thought I knew it all in 50's & 60's R&B & Race, but this masterpiece belongs at Julliard. American music is not complete without this wild early border town giant!