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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Mary Flower 1996 Rosewood & Steel
Rate: 160 kbps CBR / 44100
Size: 58,08 MB
Review by Bruce Eder
Rosewood & Steel has Flower putting her own special spin on music by Junior Parker ("Mystery Train"), Charlie Patton ("Pony Blues"), Skip James ("Cypress Grove Blues"), and Brooks Berry ("Can't Sleep For Dreaming"), along with a bunch of originals. Geoff Muldaur, Amos Garrett, Steve James, and Paul Geremia all contribute to various songs. Flower's singing is rich and husky, and her originals exploit the various sides of her musical personality, from playful to dark and moody (check out "Cock-A-Doodle Blues" and "Two Days Straight"), and all but one slots in perfectly with the covers on this collection. Her "Midnite Blue" vaguely recalls CSN's "4+20," with some gorgeous slide by Steve James, while she impresses and then some with her lap steel playing on the delightful "Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On" and Patton's searing "Pony Blues" (which also features Geremia's slide). The real surprise is "Mystery Train," which gets about the slowest, most lyrical treatment ever on record here.
01 - Your Baby Gave You Nothin' But The Blues 03:21
02 - Midnight Blues 03:38
03 - Stomp Down Mama 04:24
04 - Arrangement For Me Blues 03:19
05 - Hannah's Song 05:05
06 - Mystery Train 05:12
07 - Pony Blues 03:49
08 - Cock-A-Doodle Blues 03:25
09 - Two Days Straight 03:56
10 - Cypress Grove Blues 04:56
11 - Can't Sleep For Dreaming 03:39
12 - Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On 02:43
13 - Old Guitar 03:19
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