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Johnny Adams - The Great Johnny Adams Blues Album

The Great Johnny Adams Blues Album

Johnny Adams

Rounder 11661 2182 2

Rounder Records
1 Camp Street
Cambridge MA 02140

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

To make this great disc Rounder Records went into their archives and pulled some of the best blues tracks recorded for them by the late Johnny Adams. On this disc he is produced by either Scott Billington or by Scott Billington and Mac Rebennack (AKA Dr. John). Mr Billington is widely known for his ear and his ability to put a good singer with a good song, surrounded by dynamite supporting musicians. He has Johnny surround by all-star musicians from his home town, New Orleans. A few names to entice you are Johnny Vidacovich on drums, Alvin "Red" Tyler on baritone saxophone, Mac Rebennack on piano, and Walter "Wolfman" Washington on guitar. There are too many others in this whose who of New Orleans musicians to list as these 12 songs are pulled from 7 different discs (if I can count right).

Johnny Adams was gifted with one of the smoothest voices in blues or R & B rivaling even Sam Cooke for that honor. He was nicknamed "The Brown Canary," and that nickname was as close to him as a small T shirt fits on Aaron Neville. He could go from a tender love song to as stout a soul-testifying Hallajulliah as heard in any church in the blink of an eye. He was one of the truly gifted singers to emerge from the classic era of R & B. This is an wonderful gathered edition of just the Blues as song by the late Johnny Adams.

Track List:

  • Not Trustworthy (A Lyin' Woman)
  • My Heart Is Hangin' Heavy
  • Laughin' and Clownin'
  • Danger Zone
  • Imitation of Love
  • Garbage Man
  • Roadblock
  • Scarred Knees
  • Fortune Teller
  • Room With A View
  • My Baby's Quit Me
  • This Time I'm Gone for Good

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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