“Peter Green protege…Green claimed to feel the presence of evil when Bennett was around, & the slow songs here, to be sure, are suffused in a doomed ratty emotion…” - MIKE EHLERS, Proprietor

FOOL’S PARADISE catalog (1993?)

Previously on Fuckin’ Record Reviews…

  • Fool’s Paradise was 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.

Duster Bennett - I Chose to Sing the Blues (1970)

új szerelmem Duster Bennett, akiről a hét közepéig azt sem tudtam, hogy létezett, de szerencsére az egyik holland lemezboltban épp ez a pofátlanul drága, viszont legalább tökéletes lemez szólt

Blues Confession: Duster Bennett

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.

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Duster Bennett +26.03.1976

Heute vor 40 Jahren verstarb der britische Bluesmusiker Duster Bennett im Alter von 29 Jahren.

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Last 60 Blues Songs I’ve Heard
  1. Papa Lightfoot ~ Jump The Boogie
  2. Carey Bell ~ Lov Her Don’t Shove Her
  3. Mark Hummel ~ Third Time Out
  4. Charlie Musselwhite ~ Mean Ole Frisco
  5. Big Walter Horton ~ Have Mercy
  6. Muddy Waters ~ Sugar Sweet
  7. The Cash Box Kings ~ Sara
  8. James Cotton ~ Let Yourself Go
  9. Foghat ~ 495 Boogie
  10. Midnight Shift ~ Real Good Sign
  11. Paul Lamb and The King Snakes ~ Baby Please Don’t Go
  12. Little Charlie and The Nightcats ~ Kansas City Woman
  13. Daddy Mack Orr Feat. Billy Gibson ~ Memphis
  14. Big Walter Horton ~ That Ain’t It
  15. Howlin’ Wolf ~ Forty-Four
  16. Big Leon Brooks ~ Thirteen Years In Prison
  17. William Clarke ~ Trying To Stretch My Money
  18. Jimmy Reed ~ Honey Where You Going
  19. Howlin’ Wolf ~ Can’t Put Me Out
  20. Big Walter Horton ~ Have A Good Time
  21. Lonesome Sundown ~ When I Had I Didn’t Need
  22. Eddie Hope and The Mannish Boys ~ A Fool No More
  23. Howlin’ Wolf ~ Killing Floor
  24. Snooky Pryor ~ Fine Boogie
  25. Joe Hill Louis ~ We All Gotta Go Sometime
  26. Little Walter ~ I Got To Go
  27. Pee Wee Hughes ~ Santa Fe Blues
  28. Duster Bennett ~ Got A Tongue In Your Head
  29. Jimmy Reed ~ It’s You Baby
  30. Muddy Waters ~ Walking Thru The Park
  31. Little Walter ~ My Babe
  32. Little Charlie and The Nightcats ~ Dump That Chump
  33. Jimmy Reed ~ You'n That Sack
  34. Charlie Musselwhite ~ The Blues Overtook Me
  35. The Cash Box Kings ~ Blues Come Around
  36. William Clarke ~ Five Card Hand
  37. Howlin’ Wolf ~ My Baby Told Me
  38. Jimmy Reed ~ I Told You Baby
  39. Don Covay and The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band ~ Four Women
  40. Snooky Pryor ~ Hold Me In Your Arms
  41. Schoolboy Cleve ~ She’s Gone
  42. Buster Brown ~ Fannie Mae
  43. Carey Bell ~ After You
  44. Left Hand Frank and His Blues Band ~ Blues Won’t Let Me Be
  45. Muddy Waters ~ Mopper’s Blues
  46. Little Sammy Davis ~ 1958 Blues
  47. Duster Bennett ~ Hard To Resist
  48. Don Covay and The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band ~ Mad Dog Blues
  49. Eddie Hope and The Mannish Boys ~ Lost Child
  50. Charlie Musselwhite ~ Make My Getaway
  51. Paul Lamb and The King Snakes ~ Going For It
  52. Lonesome Sundown ~ I’m A Mojo Man
  53. Willie Nix ~ Prison Bound Blues
  54. Frank Frost ~ Harp And Soul
  55. Brandon Santini ~ Help Me With The Blues
  56. Midnight Shift ~ Tear It Up
  57. Little Walter ~ Boom Boom Out Goes The Lights
  58. Papa Lightfoot ~ Mean Old Train
  59. Duster Bennett ~ Worried Mind
  60. James Cotton ~ Off The Wall
Neck-Rack Harmonica

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.