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V.A. - The Blues White Album (2002)
This is not a new idea: in 2001 the English label Indigo produced a collection of Beatles songs by British and American blues artists. That was patchy, and so is this. The Beatles' heavy-handed treatment of "Why Don't We Do It in the Road?" was intended (surely?) to be a joke, so for Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers to roll it flat like a steamroller is kind of missing the point. Pity it's the first track. In fact it's a pity the whole album wasn't reshuffled, because the best stuff only begins to appear about halfway through. Maria Muldaur's reading of "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" leeches out all its cuteness, Chris Duarte's guitar-playing in "I'm So Tired" belies the title, Charlie Musselwhite and Colin Linden go arm-in-arm with harmonica and guitar to take "Dear Prudence" for a long walk and Linden also makes a pretty country blues in the style of Mississippi John Hurt out of "Blackbird". Better than all these, however, is Joe Louis Walker's eight-minute version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", which it may not be fanciful to hear as a moving elegy for George Harrison.
2002 album of blues artists refashioning the original songs from The Beatles seminal 'The White Album'. Among the contemporary blues artists featured are Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers ("Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"), Lucky Peterson ("Yer Blues"), Anders Osborne ("Happiness Is a Warm Gun"), Chris Duarte ("I'm So Tired") and Charlie Musselwhite ("Dear Prudence"). - amazon.com
01. Why Don't We Do It In The Road? - Jimmy Thackery
02. Yer Blues - Lucky Peterson
03. Happiness Is A Warm Gun - Anders Osborne
04. Revolution - Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Tab Benoit
05. Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da - Maria Muldaur, Chris Duarte
06. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Joe Louis Walker
07. Don't Pass Me By - T-Bone Wolk
08. I'm So Tired - Chris Duarte
09. Blackbird - Colin Linden
10. Dear Prudence - Charlie Musselwhite, Colin Linden
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