April 21, 2006

Fred McDowell - Live at the Mayfair Hotel (1969)

Take a genius Delta blues musician past his prime, bring him to an intimate club in London, and put him in front of a bunch white yuppies. Recipe for disaster.

To the contrary. Fred McDowell sang and played his heart out. Obviously enjoying his celebrity status, he brought life into tunes that were long dead. Of his many "rediscovery" albums, this is his best.

Fred McDowell was the master of minimalist intensity. All he needed was a guitar, two hands, and his voice to create his music. No drums. No bass. No producer. "I do not play no rock 'n' roll."

1 - 61 Highway
2 - Red Cross Store
3 - Evil Hearted Woman
5 - I Asked for Whisky, She Gave Me Gasoline
6 - Standing at the Burying Ground
7 - Glory Hallelujah
8 - Write me a few lines
9 - My baby done me wrong


Here's some rare footage of the man in action.

This record is hard to find. It's also known as "Standing at the Burying Ground." Enjoy.


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Blogger zn said...

great selection of music. Your music has style and originality with no bullshit

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Blogger Guerritas said...

what a great album, can you re upload it?

Thanks a lot.

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