Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater Help Yourself
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- Released: April 28, 1992
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Blind Pig
Down Beat - 9/92, p.484 Stars - Very Good - "..This is stout stuff that explodes out of the chute...Clearwater packs this album with one blues rush after another...holds lots of promise for getting the good word out on another talented, but underexposed and overlooked blues artist.." Option (Sep.-Oct./92, p.97) - "..Clearwater's undiluted electric guitar is a pleasure to hear...He's casual and good-natured while delivering some powerful blues.."
Audio Magazine (11/92, p.124) - "..Clearwater whips out thin, whiney leads that slip and slide when you least expect it, creating a distinctive voice that compliments his gliding, throaty vocals and often humorous metaphors.."
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Personnel: Eddy Clearwater (vocals, guitar); Will Crosby (guitar); Little Mike, Carey Bell (harmonica); Kurt Krahnke (acoustic bass); Bob Stroger (electric bass); Brian "B.J." Jones (drums); Jeff Taylor (background vocals).
Recorded at The Tone Zone, Chicago, Illinois. Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
Personnel: Eddy Clearwater (vocals, guitar); Will Crosby (guitar); Little Mike, Carey Bell (harmonica); Kurt Krahnke (acoustic bass); Bob Stroger (electric bass); Brian Jones (drums); Jeff Taylor (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Michael Freeman.
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Recording information: Tone Zone Studios, Chicago, IL.
Clearwater wrote the lion's share of this well-produced collection, reaching back for material by Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush, and Willie Mabon to round it out. The usual infectious mix of shimmering West Side blues, hauling rockabilly, and even a touch of funk on "Little Bit of Blues." Guitarist Will Crosby shares lead chores with his boss, and Carey Bell (Eddy's cousin) handles the harp work. ~ Bill Dahl
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