Various Artists

I Asked for Whisky

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This 15-song set of blues pieces is surprisingly varied and bright, featuring Sunnyland Slim and Lacy Gibson's sleek "I Had It So Hard," a nifty syncopated romp from Earl Hooker on "Two Bugs in a Rug," Mississippi Fred McDowell's raggedly elegant acoustic take on "I Asked for Whiskey, She Brought Me Gasoline," and an energetic and hard-charging run-through of "Roadrunner" by the one and only Bo Diddley. A nice selection, if not exactly essential.

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