Various Artists

The Best of Blues Guitar

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The Pointblank label, at this time a relative newcomer to the blues label recording industry, issued a sampler of its artists ranging from acoustic and electric blues, some funk and rock artists playing blues inflected music. The most convincing bluesman on their roster certainly is the legendary Elmore James and his classic "Dust My Blues," always confused with the Johnny Shines classic "Dust My Broom" but the former is the lyric he does sing. Jimmy Reed's "Cry Before I Go" and John Hammond's "No One Can Forgive Me But My Baby" are also evergreen acoustic tunes, while Bill Perry's "Love Scars" and Albert Collins doing "Don't Lose Your Cool" remain well-known favorites in their repertoires. The rock side falls short of authenticity with Keith Richards, Colin James and Gary Moore, while the cuts by Johnny Winter, Johnny Watson, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, and Duke Robillard are far from their best. You would be well advised to pick any individual CD from these artists, as this collection falls far short of representing their finest contemporary works.

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