Billy Boy Arnold Eldorado Cadillac
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- Released: October 31, 1995
- Label: Alligator Records
Down Beat - 3/96, p.555 Stars - Excellent - "...exciting....tightfisted rhythms and sinewy guitar licks...support Arnold's wailing harp....Arnold is as adept at singing the blues as he is playing them."
JazzTimes - 3/96, p.118"Chicago blues harpist, a major figure from the '50s, is back with another no-nonsense blues offering in the great tradition of Sonny Boy Williamson....Arnold delivers catchy originals...with slick verve and a dose of humor..."
Living Blues - 1-2/96, pp.59-60"...one of the most encouraging events the blues world has seen in years..."
- 1.I Ain't Got You
- 2.Sunday Morning Blues
- 3.Don't Stay Out All Night
- 4.Lowdown Thing Or Two
- 5.Been Gone Too Long
- 6.Mama's Bitter Seed
- 7.Man Of Considerable Taste
- 8.How Long Can This Go On?
- 9.Too Many Old Flames
- 10.Slick Chick
- 11.It Should Have Been Me
- 12.Sunny Road
- 13.Loving Mother For You
Personnel: Billy Boy Arnold (harmonica, vocals); Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, James Wheeler (guitar); David Zielinski (tenor saxophone); Carl "Sonny" Leyland (piano); Tony Zamagni (organ); Steve "Slash" Hunt (bass); Chuck Cotton (drums).
Producers: Billy Boy Arnold, Bruce Iglauer, Scott Dirks.
Principally recorded at Chicago Trax, Chicago, Illinois. Includes liner notes by Bruce Iglauer.
All songs written or co-written by Billy Boy Arnold except "I Ain't Got You" (Carter), "How Long Can This Go On?" (Parker), "It Should Have Been Me" (Curtis) and "Sunny Road" (Sykes).
Personnel: Billy Boy Arnold (vocals, harmonica); James Wheeler, Bob Margolin (guitar); Dave Zielinski (tenor saxophone); Carl Leyland (piano); Tony Zamagni (organ); Chuck Cotton (drums).
Audio Mixer: Julian Herzfeld.
Liner Note Author: Bruce Iglauer.
Recording information: Chicago Trax Recording, Chicago, IL (1995).
Billy Boy Arnold, a fluent blues harmonica player and an expressive singer, made his initial impact in the 1950s/early '60s, but then went three decades between American records. The second recording from his comeback, Eldorado Cadillac, finds Arnold (who worked many yeas earlier with Bo Diddley) in enthusiastic form while utilizing a top-notch group that includes guitarists Bob Margolin and James Wheeler, pianist Sonny Leyland, bassist Steve Hunt, drummer Chuck Cotton, and (for three numbers) David Zielinski on tenor. Arnold contributes such originals as "Don't Stay out All Night," "Mama's Bitter Seed," "Man of Considerable Taste," "Too Many Old Flames," and "Slick Chick." A fun set of passionate Chicago blues. ~ Scott Yanow
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