Fool’s Paradisewas one of many high quality print catalogs published and mailed out by human hand courtesy of the record hounds of the early 90′s (Byron Coley, Paul Major, Chip Reynolds…) As noted previously, those catalogues weren’t zines, but the seemingly secret knowledge transmitted in the context of gouging our pre-internet dollars (not too badly though) was totally worth it.
I think Duster Bennett is the only artist from the British blues era that I really like. Some of his songs have a style that is a bit reminiscent to Jimmy Reed. My favourite tracks from him include Ride With Your Daddy Tonight, Got a Tongue In Your Head, and Hard to Resist.
I also really like It’s a Man Down There, which seems to be a perspective flip of I’m the Man Down There by Jimmy Reed. Duster is the man on the second floor, and Jimmy is the man on the first floor.
So I posted the original by Duster Bennett a few days ago, but this is what got me there. Am obsessed with Fleetwood Mac at the moment, I know, what can I say? There is not much to tell. Peter Green’s playing cannot fail to give me goosebumps.
Jimmy Reed was the originator of the concept. It was done so that it would allow him to play guitar and harmonica at the same time.
Slim Harpo and Duster Bennett were two others who later adopted the concept, and both do perform a style of blues that is similar to Jimmy Reed’s.
Apparently, there are some limitations that come with it - but it worked out quite well for these three. I sure can’t imagine Little Walter playing neck-rack instead of using his hands - although his overall style of blues really is not that much different from Jimmy Reed, even if his harmonica playing is a bit more advanced. I like almost every song from his Juke album.