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V.A. - It Ain’t Over! 55 Years of Blues (2009)

"It Ain’t Over! 55 Years of Blues" is the latest compilation from Delmark Records, Chicago’s pre-eminent blues and jazz records label. Delmark is owned by Bob Koester, who’s the founder and the man still at the helm, steering the course of his creation through thick and thin, good times and bad. It Ain’t Over! is a just under 64-minute collection of 11 great blues songs by some of the cream of Delmark’s crop that have been issued over the years. Delmark began an increased recruitment of blues musicians in 1965, shortly after releasing “Junior Wells now classic Hoodoo Man Blues, a full-bore blast of modern urban juke joint revelry at its most potent [from liner notes].” Since then, Bob hasn’t messed with success. He’s kept that legacy alive in as many of Delmark’s recordings as possible. Why change a winning recipe? It Ain’t Over! was recorded live March 7, 2008, at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, which is why you’ll see some of the same players moving in and out of the lineup throughout, including Bob Stroger on bass; Kenny Smith, son of legendary drummer Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith, on drums, natch; Roosevelt ‘The Mad Hatter’ Purifoy on keys; and Lurrie Bell on guitar. Is that the first string of current Chicago Blues royalty, or what? On this CD, Bob features eight different artists from his stable giving their best on juke joint style blues – barebones, stripped down, just enough musicians to get the sound you want and like. Zora Young kicks off this album with “Til the Fat Lady Sings,” a rousing seven-minute-plus number, the longest on the disc, with backing by – drum roll! – Lurrie Bell and Scott Cable on guitar, and Purifoy, Stroger and Smith. With a powerhouse blues belter like Zora Young, you need some cruiser-weight heavies to stand up to her punches, and they’re here, tall and strong. This booming kickoff is followed by a sad, tear-jerking “Low Low Down,” by Jimmy Johnson. When he sings of the “ice around my heart,” you can feel it. That emotion follows throughout the entire 5:37 of this ballad.

01. Til The Fat Lady Sings - Zora Young
02. Cold, Cold Feeling - Jimmy Johnson
03. You Don't Know What Love Is - Jimmy Johnson
04. Wading In Deep Water - Aaron Moore
05. Pretty Girls Everywhere - Little Arthur Duncan
06. Don't You Lie To Me - Lurrie Bell
07. As The Years Go Passing By - Shirley Johnson
08. For You My Love - Eddie Shaw
09. Sun Is Shining - Eddie Shaw
10. Tend To Your Business - Tail Dragger
11. My Woman Is Gone - Tail Dragger

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