This earthy, shimmering live release, recorded in Norway, 2006, is quite possibly the bluest of the blue.
With his bruised and gripping baritone rising from its deepest core and a simmering band of Norwegians grounding and hovering over him, Fred Neil's The Other Side of This Life opens the show and haunts you throughout. "Yesterday's blues turned up today" he darkly admits as guitarist Morten Omlid floats ominously and the band—bassist Jens Haugland, drummer Eskil Aasland—snakes into and redefines Andersen's ageless 'The Blues Keep Faliin' Like The Rain'.
And fall like rain they do while you stand in the downpour, soaking it all in. Shelia, and Trouble In Paris shake the ghosts of old bluesmen gone before. Goin' Gone and Losing Hand in a word, smoulder.
It's very hard to believe that Blue Rain is Andersen's first full length live album in a career spanning forty plus years. But believe you me, it's a great, great, great place to start.
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