Various Artists

Saturday Night in San Antonio

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Saturday Night in San Antonio contains 12 live tracks that sound like they were recorded in a typical blues club, maybe even in San Antonio on a Saturday night. The sound is loud and showy and exceedingly modern. There is no restraint or feeling in the playing or singing; the musicians are just going through the bluesy motions. The two songs by T.D. Bell are pointless covers of blues standards; he adds nothing new or interesting to them. Seven songs by Big Roger Collins make up the majority of the disc. The sound is quite muffled and messy sounding; Big Roger sounds like he is singing through a megaphone. That might actually be in the listener's favor because the closer you get to his voice, the less appealing it becomes. It seems that on every song he shushes the sub-workmanlike band and starts telling a story to the audience in his shouty and somewhat hectoring voice. Why Collectables felt the need to document this music is a bit of a mystery. Blues fans are advised to steer very clear of this release.

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