T-Bone Walker

Blue on Blues

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A basic two-for-one split CD featuring two Texas blues masters, Blue on Blues is fine for newcomers to one or both of the singer/guitarists, as well as for casual fans. It's not a greatest-hits collection -- neither man's signature songs, Walker's "Strollin' With Bones" or Fulson's "Reconsider Baby," appear -- but each player's half-dozen offerings provide uniformly fine examples of his respective style. Walker's storming "T-Bone's Back (Back on the Scene)" is a mighty call for attention, and his extended deep blues workout "(You'll Never Find Anyone) To Be a Slave Like Me" is the blues at its most abashed. Fulson's more restrained style shines on the sly Chicago-style rocker "Henpecked" and the tender ballad "Take My Hand." Neither definitive nor necessary for completists, Blue on Blues is a perfectly serviceable compilation.

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