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Sugar Brown - Sugar Brown's Sad Day (2014)

23-06-2014, 16:36
Music | Blues

Sugar Brown - Sugar Brown's Sad Day (2014)

Artist: Sugar Brown
Title Of Album: Sugar Brown's Sad Day
Year Of Release: 2014
Genre: Chicago Blues, Country Blues
Label: Sugar Brown
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 63:10
Total Size: 159 Mb
Covers: Front

01. Pickin' The Blues (Fishman's Blues) (3:12)
02. Before The Law (Feat. Bharath Rajakumar & Ben Caissie) (3:47)
03. Sad Day (Feat. Bharath Rajakumar & Ben Caissie) (4:11)
04. Grim Reaper (3:04)
05. Act Like You Love Me (4:41)
06. Volcano Woman (5:01)
07. Stockyard Blues (1:35)
08. 2 O'clock (2:29)
09. Hook-A-Boogie (4:12)
10. Run, Run, Run (5:55)
11. John Henry (4:28)
12. What Are We Gonna Do (3:55)
13. Rollin' And Tumblin' (4:36)
14. It Hurts Me Too (4:01)
15. Boogie For Fuji (7:58)

This beauty is a great mix of older style Chicago, Texas, and Hill Country Blues and it was not only a surprise, but also a rare treat to hear this type of music as newly released music, as this sounds just like the music from greats such as Little Walter, Magic Slim, Muddy Waters, and most notably Tail Dragger. Tail Dragger actually gave Sugar Brown, whom was born Ken Chester Kawashima, his stage name, saying to him "You Ain't Black...But You Sure Ain't White...You're Sugar Brown ." Tail Dragger's association with Sugar Brown, did not stop with just giving him his stage name, as Sugar Brown played blues with Tail Dragger, in addition to Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, the legendary drummer for Muddy Walter's band.

One of the things I was really impressed with, when I started to listen to "Sugar Brown's Sad Day", was the great live feel I got. This live feel comes from the fact that this album was "recorded live-off-the-floor onto a full track mono recorder." This made for a wonderful old time sound, quite reminescent of the Chess recordings during the 50's. Even the cover, back, and additonal photo's inside the CD case, have a old time look to them.

"Sugar Brown's Sad Day" consists of 15 Tracks of great tunes, and is just over 63 minutes in length. Eight of the Tracks are Sugar Brown originals, with the remainder consisting of some mighty fine covers, which included 2 Elmore James tunes "Fishman's Blues" and "It Hurts Me To", Jimmy Rogers "Act Like You Love Me", Velvet Underground's "Run, Run, Run", and Muddy Waters "Rollin' and Tumblin'", to name a few.

In addition to Sugar Brown on Vocals & Guitar, as well as, Harmonica on 2 Tracks, additional performers included playing various instruments on various Tracks, Bharath Rajakumar (Harmonica/Guitar/Maracas/Back-Up Vocals), Ben Caissie (Drums/Upright Bass) and Zak Izbinsky (Guitar). "Sugar Brown's Sad Day" is dedicated to Sugar Brown's late father, Fujiya Kawashima, for whom several songs were written in the wake of his fathers passing, "Sad", "Grim Reaper", and "Two O'Clock". All written in a deeply personal and moving manner, with the most rawly performed being "Two O'Clock", which is just Sugar Brown singing and playing Harmonica.

"Sugar Brown's Sad Day" finishes off with what I am guessing is a little tribute to Sugar Brown's father called "Boogie For Fuji" and as the name implies, it is a great little Boogie number that has the whole band kicking up quite a storm. "Boogie For Fuji" goes for a length of 3:01 and then after about a 20 second pause another song on that Track starts up. Not sure whether it was a hidden or bonus Track, but is was certainly another nice treat to this stellar album.

"Sugar Brown's Sad Day" marked my first intro to Sugar Brown and what an amazing intro it was. I would have never dreamt that this style of fantastic old time blues was still being made and certainly not with such an authentic old time feel. "Sugar Brown's Sad Day" is a must have album for any Blues lover, no questions asked.

5***** for "Sugar Brown's Sad Day" and I which I had a higher rating system, because it certainly deserves it. ~Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)

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