Long John Baldry

In Concert: Ohne Filter

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Long John Baldry does an hour-long set here, consisting of a dozen numbers, opening with his amazingly guttural vocals on "Everyday I Have the Blues," which is just one highlight of this hour-long set. This is old-style British blues the way it was understood by the likes of Alexis Korner et al, with reed solos as common as guitar breaks. Baldry is in excellent form, as is his band -- Butch Coulter on guitar and harmonica, Kathi McDonald (who is also a very animated presence on-stage), John Lee Sanders on saxophones, Tom Knowles on bass, Eric Webster at the keyboards, and Al Webster on drums. Baldry is the principal show, however, turning in a richly nuanced performance on "Shake That Thing," which is also a showcase for Coulter's guitar. He's almost as successful on ominous, slow blues numbers such as "Insane Asylum," where he shares the singing with Kathi McDonald -- their voices mesh well, she covering the upper registers while he provides an anchor with his bass singing. The audio quality on the 1993 performance is excellent, making one wonder why this show was never issued as a straight live CD, though having the visual component is just fine -- Baldry, when he wasn't trying to sing pop, was and is one of British blues' most enduring talents, and still worth hearing and seeing in concert.