Furry Lewis

Fourth & Beale

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Recorded in Memphis on March 5, 1969, with Furry Lewis in bed -- essentially an impromptu concert for the microphone and whoever happened to be there -- these nine tracks show Lewis to fairly good advantage. They're more laid-back than his work at the other end of the decade for Prestige/Bluesville, with Lewis playing more slowly and singing more roughly than those earlier sessions. However, his slide work is still stingingly effective, his voice is still highly expressive, and he knows how to put over a song even at this late date, playing with an almost hypnotic intensity. The songs include new renditions of "John Henry" and "Casey Jones," as well as "When the Saints Go Marching In" and W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues."

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