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Tracks

1. Blow Wind Blow

2. Blues All Day Long

3. Trouble No More

4. Bright Lights Big City

5. Ev'ry Day I Have The Blues

6. Sweet Home Chicago

7. Don't Start Me To Talkin'

8. That's All Right

9. Ludella

10. Goin' Away Baby

11. Worried Life Blues

12. Goona Shoot You Right Down (Boom Boom)

Performer Notes
  • BLUES BLUES BLUES was originally meant as a comeback album for Jimmy Rogers, but his untimely death during the recording sessions turned it into an all-star tribute to his legacy.
  • The Jimmy Rogers All-Stars: Jimmy Rogers, Jeff Healey, Eric Clapton, Lowell Fulson, Stephen Stills (vocals, guitar); Taj Mahal (vocals, harmonica); Mick Jagger, Robert Plant (vocals); Jimmy D. Lane, Keith Richards, John Koenig, Jimmy Page (guitar); Kim Wilson, Carey Bell (harmonica); Johnnie Johnson (piano); Freddie Crawford (bass); Ted Harvey (drums).
  • Includes liner notes by John Koenig.
  • Personnel: Jimmy Rogers (vocals, guitar); Eric Clapton, Jeff Healey, Lowell Fulson (vocals, guitar); Taj Mahal (vocals, harmonica); Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, Stephen Stills (vocals); Jimmy D. Lane, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards (guitar); Kim Wilson, Carey Bell (harmonica); Johnnie Johnson (piano); Ted Harvey (drums).
  • Recording information: Ocean Way Recording; Pearl Sound, Detroit MI.
  • Photographer: William Claxton.
  • Jimmy Rogers was very much a musician's musician -- the kind of guitarist that earned accolades from contemporaries and successors alike -- yet one who never wins a wide, mainstream audience. Blues Blues Blues was designed as the album that would find Rogers a larger audience, and as such, it has all the bells and whistles of a big-deal blues album. It has the classics ("Trouble No More," "Bright Lights, Big City," "Sweet Home Chicago," "Don't Start Me to Talkin'"), remakes of Rogers standards ("Ludella," "That's All Right"), cult covers (Muddy Waters' "Blow Wind Blow," which kicks off the album on just the right note) and an astounding number of guest appearances, including cameos from (get ready): Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger, Lowell Fulson, Johnnie Johnson, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Ted Harvey, Carey Bell, Stephen Stills, and Jeff Healey. That's a lot of star power -- too much, as a matter of fact -- since they occasionally overwhelm Rogers himself. And it has to be said that Rogers' playing simply isn't as dynamic or overpowering as it once was. Nevertheless, when it's judged alongside other contemporary electric blues albums, Blues Blues Blues holds up very well. Like its peers, such as John Lee Hooker's Point Blank recordings, the record is slick and well-crafted -- it may be blues-lite, but it's highly enjoyable. And it's likely that it would have broken Rogers' career wide open, if he had lived to see its release. Knowing that makes Blues Blues Blues a little bittersweet. Yes, it's enjoyable, but it would have been great to hear Rogers really tear it up on his final record. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (2/18/99, p.60) - "A richly deserved salute to one of Chicago blues' late, great undervalued sidemen..."

Q (6/99, p.110) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Rogers belts out his growling vocals with the energy of a teenager ..."

Mojo (Publisher) (4/99, p.110) - "...perfect crystalisations of Chicago band blues..."
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