Lightning In A Bottle CD (2004)

Artist: Various Artists

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Product Overview

Specifications

Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 63761236
UPC 827969286029
UPC 14 00827969286029
Format CD
Release Date 9/21/2004
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Author Various Artists
Associated Artist/Work California Dreams
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Producer Alex Gibney (Compilation)
CatalogID 92860
Lable Name Legacy
Released 09/21/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00827969286029
Album Notes and Credits
Lightning in a Bottle is the double-disc soundtrack to the documentary film of the same title directed by Antoine Fuqua and shot at a February 7, 2003, concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Billed as a "Salute to the Blues," the show featured veteran blues musicians as well as a younger generation of players and artists either directly working in the genre or deeply influenced by it, and the running order follows the evolution of blues from Africa, up the Mississippi, and through Chicago and beyond. With a crack house band of Steve Jordan and/or Levon Helm on drums, Dr. John on piano, Willie Weeks on bass, and Danny Kortchmar on guitar, Lightning in a Bottle has quite a few high points, including Macy Gray's version of Big Mama Thornton's "Hound Dog," Bonnie Raitt's "Coming Home," and the deep Southern gospel soul of Solomon Burke on "Turn On Your Love Light." Also impressive is David "Honeyboy" Edwards' stark and haunting solo acoustic rendering of "Gamblin' Man." Mavis Staples arguably stole the show, however, with her huge, shuffling, and ominous take on Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean." The shifts and mutations of the blues from an acoustic music to an electric one are traced, ending in Chuck D and the Fine Art Militia's thundering rap version of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom." The CD set lacks some of the music actually performed in the film, however, so the best way to catch this moving concert in its entirety is on DVD, which also includes backstage footage and interviews. ~ Steve Leggett
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (pp.43-4) - "It was a great show, and this documentation is the next best thing to having been there."
Disc 1
1 Senie Zelie,Okie Dokie Stomp
2 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,Coming Home
3 Gamblin' Man,Sky Is Crying, The
4 Love in Vain,I'm a King Bee
5 Sittin' on Top of the World,First Time I Met the Blues
6 Jim Crow Blues,Big Chief
7 St. Louis Blues,I Pity the Fool
8 Men Are Just Like Street Cars,Killing Floor
9 I Can't Be Satisfied,Turn on Your Love Light
10 Strange Fruit,Down in the Valley
11 Hound Dog,Voodoo Chile
12 Midnight Special, The,Minnesota Blues A.K.A. "Black Jack Blues"
13 Where'd You Get That Sound,(No) Boom Boom
14 Sweet Sixteen
Disc 2
1 Senie Zelie,Okie Dokie Stomp
2 See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,Coming Home
3 Gamblin' Man,Sky Is Crying, The
4 Love in Vain,I'm a King Bee
5 Sittin' on Top of the World,First Time I Met the Blues
6 Jim Crow Blues,Big Chief
7 St. Louis Blues,I Pity the Fool
8 Men Are Just Like Street Cars,Killing Floor
9 I Can't Be Satisfied,Turn on Your Love Light
10 Strange Fruit,Down in the Valley
11 Hound Dog,Voodoo Chile
12 Midnight Special, The,Minnesota Blues A.K.A. "Black Jack Blues"
13 Where'd You Get That Sound,(No) Boom Boom
14 Sweet Sixteen
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