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Monday, October 18, 2010

Otis Rush & Friends 1986 Live At Montreux

Though he was born in the Mississippi delta, guitarist Otis Rush was most at home in the 1950s Chicago blues scene, where his deep, rich sound made him not only one of the premier players of his time, but a key influence on later British blues-rockers like Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and John Mayall. Rush honors both traditions with this concert recorded at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in 1986, performing with his fellow Chicago bluesman Luther Allison and their mutual protégé Clapton for a stellar evening of red-hot electric blues.

There's no one quite like Otis Rush. Eric Clapton was instrumental in bringing Rush to Montreux in 1986. Rush coaxes, cajoles and sweet-talks those notes out of his beloved guitar. His singing is pure church...only with a lecherous edge, because you know what he's talkin' 'bout! The blues of this man will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Yet when he's joined onstage by Eric Clapton, "Slowhand" makes the entire chemistry of the band start to boil and bubble over. Three songs later, Clapton's rockin' - hard - and out comes another Chicago legend, Luther Allison. When Allison, Rush and Clapton all go upper-string wild simultaneously, all hell breaks loose and the crowd goes certifiably nuts. To see these three men, joyously young and in their 1986 prime, working out so strenuously, is to know the magic of the blues.


Otis Rush - guitar and vocals
"Professor" Eddie Lusk - vocals and keyboards
Anthony Palmer - guitar
Fred Barnes - bass
Eddie Turner - drums

Special Guest artists:
Eric Clapton - guitar
Luther Allison - Guitar

Track list:

01. Tops

02. I Wonder Why

03. Lonely Man

04. Gambler's Blues

05. Natural Ball

06. Right Place, Wrong Time

07. Mean Old World

08. You Don't Love Me

09. Crosscut Saw (feat. Eric Clapton)

10. Double Trouble (feat. Eric Clapton)

11. All Your Love (I Miss Loving) (feat. Eric Clapton)

12. Every Day I Have The Blues (feat. E. Clapton & Luther Allison)



Enjoy the music!
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