The Carter Brothers

Blues on Tour: The Jewel Recordings 1965-1969

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The Carter Brothers (Roman, Albert, and Jerry) played a stripped-down, primitive, blues- infused brand of soul. Or is that a soul-infused brand of blues? They certainly straddled the line between blues and soul, and made some rough-and-ready singles for the Jewel label in the mid-'60s. All seven of them are included on this set, plus 15 previously unreleased tracks and seven alternate takes. Some of the highlights are the wild and rollicking "Do the Flo Show"; the soul-strutting "I Don't Care," which features some truly wonderful bad guitar playing; the funky "What You Say Big Mama"; and the Stax-styled "Anything for You Baby." The unreleased tracks are all just as good as the singles that actually came out, in some cases better. The alternate tracks aren't that much different than the released takes to make including them anything special. If you are a fan of soul-blues or blues-soul, the Carter Brothers are definitely worth investigating, and this disc gives you all they've got.

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