While the Dirty Blues Band's self-titled debut is nothing more than an ordinary late-'60s blues-rock record, it has its value as a curiosity. That's due to the presence of a 19-year-old Rod Piazza on lead vocals and Glenn Ross Campbell, formerly of the great but obscure psychedelic group the Misunderstood, on steel guitar. Unfortunately, Campbell, who had been unleashing unearthly astral leads in the Yardbirds-like Misunderstood less than a year prior to the September 1967 recording of this LP, sounds far less imaginative and special in this context. His steel leads are decent, but nothing to make you sit up and pop your eyes. Piazza actually sounds very much like he would when he achieved greater fame in the 1980s and 1990s as more of a pure bluesman: a good harmonica player, a serviceable but somewhat faceless vocalist in the Paul Butterfield mold, and a pretty reverent interpreter who adds nothing stunning to the form. Comprised of covers of blues standards and a few Piazza originals in the same mold, it's similar to the early Butterfield records, but less distinguished. Actually, the most attractive elements of the recording are supplied by organist Pat Malone, who plays nice vibrant fills.
AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger