Shoe Suede Blues

Shoe Suede Blues Live in L.A....Kinda, Santa Monica Actually

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Peter Tork has always talked about his love of the blues in interviews, and with this band he was able to prove his love and devotion to that genre of music. Only, this CD is not that good. To begin with, it is very difficult to listen to due to the extremely poor sound quality. This is not even a board mix, but an audience recording. The sound is muddy and distant. It is interesting to note that there are no credits for producer or engineer. Perhaps there were not any. It is hard to tell how good the playing is given the bad sound. But one thing is for sure, some of the songs just go on too long. The jam session that is titled "Madison Blues/Blue Suede Shoes" is almost unbearable and one is tempted to press the fast-forward button on the player. This is somewhat disappointing following two such brilliant albums from Tork (1994's Stranger Things Have Happened and Tork's collaboration with James Lee Stanley on Two Man Band). Really, only die-hard collectors need bother.

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