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Big John's Boogie (1974) - Big John Wrencher

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Big John Wrencher

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Regular Album Tracklisting:
  Running Time: 2:18
Third Degree
  Running Time: 4:35
Now Darling
  Running Time: 3:35
Where Did You Stay Last Night
  Running Time: 3:51
Trouble Makin' Woman
  Running Time: 4:11
Lonesome In My Cabin
  Running Time: 4:07
How Many More Years
  Running Time: 4:20
Come On Over
  Running Time: 3:14
Telephone Blues
  Running Time: 6:36
Runnin' Wild
  Running Time: 3:53
CD Reissue Bonus Tracks:
Big John's Boogie
  Running Time: 2:40
I'm A Root Man
  Running Time: 4:02
    Guest Appearances »

Bob Brunning, Bob (Robert) Hall, Eddie (Playboy) Taylor, Pete(r) York

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    Format »

Import Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Louis Armstrong (Songwriter), Eddie (Edward Riley) Boyd (Songwriter), Willie Dixon (Songwriter), Arthur (Harrington) Gibbs (Songwriter), Joe (Joseph W.) Grey (Songwriter), Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) (Songwriter), Joe (Joseph C.) Liggins (Songwriter), Lil Hardin (Armstrong) (Songwriter), Leo Wood (Songwriter), Big John Wrencher (Songwriter), Mike Leadbitter (Liner Notes), Jim Simpson (Liner Notes), Jim Simpson (Produced By), Vic Keary (Recording Engineer), Paul Bevoir (Artwork By), Paul Bevoir (Design By), Vic Keary (Mixing Engineer), Alan Johnson (Original Sleeve Photographs), Roger Dopson (Reissue Co-Ordinated By), Nick (Ears) Watson (Sound Restoration By)

    Record Label »
Bear/Castle Music Sanctuary Blues Masters

    Catalogue Number »

06076 81280-2 (CD Reissue)

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    Liner Notes »

For original issue:

Recorded and Mixed at Chalk Farm Studios, London, during Feb/March/April 1974.

In spite of an air of urban sophistication,> is a country boy like most of his contemporaries and his powerful stage act belongs to Southern honky-tonks rather than the more glamorous surroundings in which he'd like to play. His command of the harmonica, mellow voice, wide repertoire and sheer presence indicate a professionalism rarely witnessed in Blues circles, but his life began in almost routine fashion...

Born near Sunflower, Mississippi, on February 12th 1923, he was raised on the Davis Plantation, about twelve miles out of Clarksdale, and lived there until the age of 23, when the urge to ramble overtook him. One of seven children, all boys, he was inspired to play harmonica after hearing 'Sidney', a local musician, and was introduced to juke joints whilst in his early teens by his father, a manEbel Replica Watches
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Harmonica stylings not too overpowering
Review written by John Fitzgerald, August 16th, 2004

I had feared that Wrencher's harmonica leanings would make this a rather stale offering and while I do like the less harmonica led tracks here, I was surprised how much restraint he had shown on this album to let the others get the spotlight once in a while which earns him big points here. Unfortunately the liner notes of this album don't list which songs Brunning is playing bass on though I know he's on the two bonus tracks on the CD edition of this album as they were taken from the various artists "American Blues legends '74" album but as I've reviewed that album already, I won't go in to that here. As for the regular album tracks, "Honeydripper" is a peppy start, "Third degree" has that "Long grey mare" type rhythm drive and this is the beginnings of Wrencher's jumping in the back seat in favor of others getting featured which happens often throughout the platter. I would imagine Brunning and co. are on "Now darling" as this slow blues to me sounds very Brunning Sunflower Blues Band-ish. "Where did you stay last night" is another chirpy boogie, "Trouble makin' woman" is a slow stroller and "Lonesome in my cabin" has a funk feel on the rhythm but it's repeating nature firmly anchors this track in blues. The cover of Howlin Wolf's "How many more years" here many Mac fans will recall from the "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac" album as this track was under the title "No place to go" there and it's handled very much the same way here. "Come on over" is a fast bouncy boogie though there is a lot of harp featured on this one, "Telephone blues" is a piano featured slow burner and the closing "Runnin' wild" with the presence of Eddie Taylor on this album shows much of Taylor's funk like influence on this track. So I would ask those that are not big on harmonica led blues to at least give this album a chance as you will most likely find some of Wrencher's back seat numbers surprisingly quite pleasing. I'd give this 3 & a half stars if I could.

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Discography entry submitted by John Fitzgerald.