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June 1999

Jimmy Rogers
Blues Blues Blues
Atlantic Records

A bevy of rock stars come together to pay tribute to Jimmy Rogers, an architect of the post-war Chicago blues scene as a member of the classic Muddy Waters band of the ‘'50s, on Blues Blues Blues (Atlantic 83148-2; 55:35). Billed as The Jimmy Rogers All-Stars, it features Rogers on guitar and vocals, trading licks with the likes of Jeff Healey ("Blow Wind Blow"), Eric Clapton ("Blues All Day Long," "That's All Right"), Keith Richards and Mick Jagger ("Trouble No More," "Goin' Away Baby" and "Don't Start Me to Talkin'"), Jimmy Page and Robert Plant ("Gonna Shoot You Right Down") and Stephen Stills ("Sweet Home Chicago," "Worried Life Blues"). Rogers mixes it up nicely with his contemporary Lowell Fulson on a gritty version of Memphis Slim's "Every Day I Have the Blues" and he finds an easy rapport with Taj Mahal on Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City" and Rogers' own "Ludella." Other special guests on this rousing all-star clambake include harmonica ace Kim Wilson and longtime Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson. Sadly, Rogers died in December of 1997, just before this album was completed. But this heartfelt tribute to the man will stand as a testament to his remarkable and enduring legacy.

Originally published in June 1999
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