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VA - Lightning In a Bottle: Original Soundtrack Recording (2004) 2CD
VA - Lightning In A Bottle: A One Night History Of The Blues (2004) 2CD
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Genre: Blues, Country Blues, Electric Blues, Blues Rock, R&B | Label: Columbia/Legacy | # C2K 92860 | Time: 01:51:54
This soundtrack to the movie features an astonishing array of blues artists from three generations. Recorded during one long night at NYC's Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 7, 2003, the electricity is in the air and on stage. While it may not have been the finest blues show in history, the collection of founding fathers such as David "Honeyboy" Edwards, Buddy Guy, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Larry Johnson, Hubert Sumlin, Solomon Burke, and the ubiquitous B.B. King along with their spiritual offspring (Gregg Allman, John Fogerty, and Steven Tyler) and some usual suspects like Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, and Keb' Mo', makes it arguably the most significant blues session ever captured on film.
Beginning acoustic, the double disc builds momentum and volume as we hear the blues mutate to electric and finally hip-hop with Chuck D. exploding on a rap version of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom." The crackling house band led by drummer Steve Jordan provides foundation for gritty, roof-raising pieces like the unusual collaboration between former New York Doll David Johansen and guitarist Sumlin on Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor." Not all of the film's music is included but there are enough magnificent performances for established blues fans and to entice those first experiencing the genre's abundant riches.
Review by Hal Horowitz
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.
Review by Steve Leggett,
01. Angelique Kidjo - Senie Zelie (03:47)
02. Mavis Staples - See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (04:03)
03. David 'Honeyboy' Edwards - Gamblin' Man (04:08)
04. Keb' Mo' - Love In Vain (03:20)
05. James 'Blood' Ulmer & Alison Krauss - Sittin' On Top of The World (05:14)
06. Odetta - Jim Crow Blues (05:04)
07. Natalie Cole - St. Louis Blues (03:52)
08. Natalie Cole, Mavis Staples & Ruth Brown - Men Are Just Like Street Cars (04:25)
09. Buddy Guy - I Can't Be Satisfied (02:58)
10. India Arie - Strange Fruit (02:40)
11. Macy Gray - Hound Dog (03:28)
12. John Fogerty - The Midnight Special (04:31)
13. Larry Johnson - Where'd You Get That Sound (00:54)
01. Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown - Okie Dokie Stomp (02:48)
02. Bonnie Raitt - Coming Home (03:26)
03. Gregg Allman & Warren Haynes - The Sky Is Crying (07:32)
04. Steven Tyler & Joe Perry - I'm a King Bee (04:20)
05. Buddy Guy - First Time I Met The Blues (04:12)
06. The Neville Brothers - Big Chief (03:27)
07. Shemekia Copeland & Robert Cray - I Pity The Fool (04:58)
08. David Johansen & Hubert Sumlin - Killing Floor (04:04)
09. Solomon Burke - Turn On Your Love Light (03:27)
10. Solomon Burke - Down In The Valley (03:20)
11. Angelique Kidjo, Buddy Guy & Vernon Reid - Voodoo Child (05:17)
12. Mos Def - Minnesota Blues (aka 'Black Jack Blues') (05:44)
13. Chuck D. & The Fine Arts Militia - (No) Boom Boom (04:10)
14. B.B. King - Sweet Sixteen (06:31)

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