Friday, April 9, 2010
John Littlejohn - Chicago Blues Stars 1968
1991 Issue. PCD-2107 V2.800
This November 14, 1968, session was recorded in Chicago, co-produced by Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records and Willie Dixon. It's decent, though journeyman, '60s electric Chicago blues augmented by a couple of tenor saxes. Littlejohn has a pleasant voice and is a skilled guitarist, but does not have the fire or individuality that leaps from some of the musicians to whom one might compare him. Those might include figures like Buddy Guy, say, or Elmore James' more fully produced sides, or on something like "Catfish Blues," the Muddy Waters approach. Littlejohn did write most of the dozen tunes, interspersed with covers of songs by James, Dixon, Brook Benton (a refreshingly unusual choice for a mainstream '60s Chicago bluesman), and J.B. Lenoir.
By Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide.
John Littlejohn- (Guitar, Vocals),
Monroe Jones (Guitar),
Alvin Nichols- (Bass, Vocals Background),
Robert Pulliam (Tenor Saxophone, Vocals Background),
Booker Sidgrave- (Drums),
Willie Young (Tenor Saxophone, Vocals Background).
01. What in the World You Goin' to Do 4:07
02. Treat Me Wrong 3:29
03. Catfish 3:39
04. Kiddeo 3:47
05. Slidin' Home 4:19
06. Dream 4:48
07. Reelin' and Rockin' 2:31
08. Been Around the World 5:22
09. How Much More Long 3:55
10. Shake Your Moneymaker 4:18
11. I'm Tired 4:19
12. Nowhere to Lay My Head 3:44