Dire Straits; Love Over Gold, Remaster CD
A classic that benefits from the remaster. Like DSOTM a disc you should have at least two copies of and preferrably one vinyl and one CD. $7.99 in the clearance bin at B. Dalton.
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown; No Looking Back CD
God! How's he get that band to play like that?! This is tighter than Basie or Ellington. No one swings the blues like Gatemouth. There are time signature changes here that I can't keep up with. Very, very unpredictable and utterly enjoyable!
S: 3.75 (2.5 Dimension stereo, flat soundstage but well focussed lateral placement with each player nicely rounded and grounded in space.)
Fuel 2000 label's; Absolutely the Best of The Blues CD
Also $7.99 on clearance. This is obviously a compilation disc with many sonic similarities to the Brown disc in that the soundstage is flattened in depth perspective but very wide. Both discs are top notch at providing a constantly changing perspective on the ambient soundstages of recordings ranging over many years and also in production values and recording location. Some recordings get you close up while others set you back in the middle of the audience to enjoy the show. Clean, punchy dynamics and "life" are abundant in what often sound to be, "Yeah, why don't we go with take 7 on that one, that's some gooooood shit there, man" recordings of top notch players on both discs.
This Fuel disc is straight ahead 12 bar blues (that might stretch to 13 or 14 on any one night) era performances by Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and T-Bone Walker, etc. Mostly (Chicago style) electrified Delta Blues done by the absolute best of the genre. If at least your toe isn't tapping to "Big Boss Man", you need a new system.
An excellent night of music that stretched beyond 3 AM! Just enough time to catch the end of Coast to Coast