We all had this tremendous appetite for live music. Coming from disparate corners of the UK, all of us being 17 or 18 years of age, escaping the boredom of living at home with families in sleepy neighborhoods, we just could not believe the plethora of live music many nights of the week at the University of Manchester Student Union, the Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), downtown venues…
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.
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.
I first heard this Duster Bennett track as covered by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and then worked backwards to the original Bennett versions, themselves played in different keys and with structural variations. My version is sort of a hybrid of the Bennett / Mac versions, deploying guitar for the solos instead of harmonica (Bennett’s harp is superb and beyond imitation), and including the lyrics over the bridge (which are absent in one of Bennett’s versions).
I’ll probably replace Kim Wilson with him on my Pandora radio, soon. Kim Wilson’s music is a bit hit-or-miss with me, and I seem to get the most clunkers during his sets.
Duster Bennett is a British blues singer whose music reminds me a bit of Jimmy Reed, whose music I find to be simply gorgeous. To put it simply, I dislike more songs by Howlin’ Wolf and Avenged Sevenfold than I do by Jimmy Reed - even though I prefer the former two overall. There are very, very few songs by Jimmy Reed that I don’t like - and even those songs I don’t actually dislike. I just give them the thumb down treatment, so that my thumbed-up list doesn’t get too huge.