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Snakefinger's History Of The Blues Live In Europe-


Promising Music ‎– 441192 CD

CD, Album, Reissue


05 Nov 2013

Jazz, Blues

In 1983, Philip "Snakefinger" Lithman was in the middle of a promising career as the go-to guitar player for all things weird. His totally original helter-skelter guitar lines graced many of the records released up to that time by the eyeball-headed Residents as well as a few albums under his own name, and he was collaborating with artists as diverse as The Mutants and ex-Captain Beefheart keyboardist Eric Drew Feldman. So what drove him to abandon all that and create a lecture-demonstration covering the history of the blues?

In his liner notes to the original vinyl release (newly expanded by promising music to include nine previously unreleased cuts) he bemoans "…our present situation, where technology is art and the artist just the poor slob that pushes the buttons" and calls our attention to the blues: "Music full of the life force, that stands on its own, crude and powerful, and played by musicians, not mechanics." The blues was Lithman's first love, and the lessons he learned from masters like Robert Johnson, Buddy Guy, and the three Kings (Freddie, Albert, and B.B.) always informed all his work, no matter how outside he may have taken it. Every note he played dripped feeling as well as technique, tradition as well as originality.

In his typical idiosyncratic fashion, he put together a band from every nook and cranny of San Francisco music except the blues scene: Feldman had just wound up his work with Beefheart; Steve Mackay had recently moved to town after years with Iggy Pop & The Stooges; Richard Marriott and Josh Ende were recruited from the neo-dance band Club Foot Orchestra; Raoul N. DiSeimbôte was a pal of the Residents and active on the theater and comedy circuits; and Miguel Bertel and Johnny "Bonghit" Ryan were mainstays of Lithman's touring band. This motley crew somehow congealed into a tight machine capable of following the leader through any number of blues styles, all fastidiously honoured but by no means slavishly reproduced.

After a few warm-up dates in the Bay Area, Rough Trade (England) put together a tour for the group that criss-crossed Europe several times over six weeks. Two of the shows smack dab in the middle, when the band was at its tightest but not yet burned out, were recorded for release by Rough Trade Deutschland. The results are a heart-stirring, mind-blowing, booty-shaking hour of all manner of blues, from the tender acoustic guitar of "If You Haven't Any Hay" to the swinging "You Upsets Me, Baby", from the hard rock of "Crosscut Saw" to the cool jazz of "Stolen Moments", from the aching "(If I Could Just Go Back) Ten Years Ago" to the exhilarating "Natural Ball".

This is an album that will surprise die-hard experimentalists, delight blues aficionados, illuminate newcomers, and please just about anyone with a pair of ears.

1         Creeper Blues     3:06    
2         Turn Your Money Green     3:06    
3         You Can't Get The Stuff No More     2:19    
4         If You Haven't Any Hay Get On Down The Road     2:32    
5         Preachin' Blues     3:14    
6         Strollin' With The Bones     2:13    
7         She Walks Right In     3:05    
8         36 - 22 - 36     2:30    
9         These Kind Of Blues     3:44    
10         Cryin' For My Baby     3:24    
11         I Can't Be Satisfied     3:21    
12         (If I Could Just Go Back) Ten Years Ago     6:02    
13         Everyday I Have The Blues     3:11    
14         You Upsets Me Baby     3:12    
15         The Stumble     3:03    
16         (I'm) Tore Down     2:44    
17         Crosscut Saw     2:50    
18         (Let's Have A) Natural Ball     3:45    
19         Days Of Old     2:40    
20         Stolen Moments     10:15    

    Baritone Saxophone – Joshua Ende*
    Bass – Eric Drew Feldman
    Drums – Johnny Bonghit Ryan*
    Engineer – Klaus Schumann
    Guitar – Michael Bertel*
    Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Harmonica – Snakefinger
    Liner Notes – Eugene Chadbourne, Joshua Raoul Brody, Snakefinger, Steve Mackay*, Stuart "Stüben Otto Von" James
    Mastered By – Christine Potschkat
    Photography By [Black And White Photos] – Christine Alicino
    Photography By [Colour Photos] – Joshua Raoul Brody
    Piano – Raoul N. DiSeimbôte*
    Producer – Peter Schulze, Volker Steppat
    Producer [Original LP] – Snakefinger
    Recorded By – Gisela Kniemeyer
    Tenor Saxophone – Steve Mackay*
    Trumpet, Trombone, Tenor Saxophone – Richard Marriott

CD in black vinyl design, with a groove. Booklet with legible reprints of liner notes, all original information, and additional retrospective comments. CD gatefold packaging (CD size mini LP) as downsize replica of original LP, incl. inner sleeve.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Barcode: 4 011550441195

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