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THEME TIME RADIO HOUR WITH YOUR HOST BOB DYLAN - SEASON 3 (2CD)

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Big Boy Groves, Sanford Clark, Sam Mongtgomery, Latin Playboys, Oscar Aleman, Professor Longhair, Cliff Bruner, Buddy Guy, Jerry McCain, Sarah Vaughan, Wild Tchoupitoulas, Zion Travelers, Marlene Dietrich, Roy Rogers, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Paycheck, Weldon Rogers, Joe Mooney Quartet, Mighty Sparrow, Mel Blanc, Mississippi Sheiks, Marva Whitney, Elizabeth Cotton, June Christy and many more.

Just what we've been waiting for! Another whacky, eclectic selection of songs from Bob Dylan's radio show. Bob's choice runs the full gamut from the R&B charts (Dave Bartholemew's The Monkey), hot vintage jazz (Jimmie Lunceford's I'm Nuts About Screwy Music), a jumped up calypso (Mighty Sparrow's Jack Palance), tears-in-your-beer country (Sanford Clark's It's Nothing To Me), luscious jazz guitar shuffles (Oscar Aleman's swinging Bye Bye Blues), raunchy reggae (Toots And The Maytals classic 54-46 That's My Number) and full throated jazz-bop (Annie Ross' Twisted). Phew!

These feature alongside some of the best records ever issued like Bessie Banks' lung buster Go Now, Professor Longhair's stellar piano blues In The Night, Clarence Ashley's sublime murder ballad Little Sadie and Elvis Presley's Little Sister. There's also a spectacular slice of gospel music in the Zion Travelers' The Blood where the lead singer preaches and hollers and screams like a man possessed while the deep river voices of the rest of the band keep him grounded, but only just. Speaking of blood, you'll be amazed at Jerry Lee Lewis's performance on Lust Of The Blood; a song which sees Mr Lewis as Iago interpreting Shakespeare from Jack Good's musical Catch My Soul. Boggling. Bonnie Raitt glides in with some sparkling vocals and glistening guitar licks on Baby Mine - a result of her 1988 involvement with Was (Not Was) and the Wild Tchoupitoulas show how vibrant New Orleans was back in 1976 with their punchy piece of second line rhythms on Brother John.

This CD is crammed with great music, fascinating sleeve notes (from an all star cast including Paul Oliver, Pat Boone, Sir Tim Rice and Elvis Costello!) and packaged perfectly. You loved the other two collections, wait until you hear this!

 

 

Review Date: November 2010

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