Personnel: Fenton Robinson (guitar, vocals); Mighty Joe Young (rhythm guitar); Bill Heid (keyboards); Cornelius Boyson (bass); Tony Gooden (drums).
Additional personnel: Dave Baldwin (tenor saxophone); Norval D. Hodges, Elmer Brown, Jr. (trumpets); Bill McFarland (trombone).
Recorded at Sound Studios, Chicago, Illinois. Includes liner notes by Jim O'Neal and Bruce Iglauer.
Personnel: Fenton Robinson (vocals, guitar); Mighty Joe Young (guitar); Dave Baldwin (tenor saxophone); Elmer Brown, Norval D. Hodges (trumpet); Bill McFarland (trombone); Bill Heid (keyboards); Tony Gooden (drums).
Recording information: Sound Studios, Chicago, IL.
One of the most subtly satisfying electric blues albums of the '70s. Fenton Robinson never did quite fit the "Genuine Houserocking Music" image of Alligator Records -- his deep, rich baritone sounds more like a magic carpet than a piece of barbed wire, and he speaks in jazz-inflected tongues, full of complex surprises. The title track hits with amazing power, as do the chugging "The Getaway," a hard-swinging "You Say You're Leaving," and the minor-key "You Don't Know What Love Is." In every case, Robinson had recorded them before, but thanks to Bruce Iglauer's superb production, a terrific band, and Robinson's musicianship, these versions reign supreme. ~ Bill Dahl