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You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough (Vinyl)

Junior Kimbrough LP Record
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When Junior Kimbrough died in January 1998, part of the spirit of Mississippi hill-country blues went with him. He was a proud musician, aware of his African roots and his artistic singularity--perhaps the last unique voice in the genre. The sound of his bawling singing and unpredictable, serpentine guitar were as eerie as a warm wind humming through a field of tombstones, as hypnotic as the ancient village drum music it was based on, thanks to his complete command of his rhythm sections. This collection serves full notice of Kimbrough's authenticity, from his first recording, an impromptu-sounding "Release Me" played with rockabilly cult figure Charlie Feathers, through his last '90s albums for Fat Possum. It's in the latter cases that Kimbrough paints a colorful portrait of his hardscrabble life just above the Delta. Rape is wrongly equated with love (in the brutal-but-fascinating title track), and sexual prowess ("All Night Long") is the only true coin of manhood. Finally, "Done Got Old" serves as the best epitaph for this blues hell-raiser, whose decades of bootlegging, boozing, and womanizing seemed to catch up with him in his final years. Nonetheless, that song and the 11 others prove that no matter how tired and worn he became, Kimbrough's crackling music never lost its edge or its feeling of danger and menace. --Ted Drozdowski

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Overview! Sept. 26 2002
Format:Audio CD
You Better Run purports to be "The Essential" Junior Kimbrough and there is no doubt that this compilation of Junior's material is some of his best work and is representative of his limited releases. However, when you consider that Junior released only 6 CD's during his abbreviated career, it seems that the material contained on all 6 discs would qualify as "essential". If you are not familiar with the driving, trance like rhythms of Junior, this is a good place to start. If you like what you hear, buy all 6 of his CD's. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the places it all started. March 6 2004
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A Juke Joint by definition is a Blues & BBQ club in the American South. Junior's Place was a juke joint of national acclaim hosting such local acts as R.L. Burnside, T-Model Ford, and Asie Payton. The building that also served as his home stood for 130 years, and burned to the ground less than month after Junior's Death. As a testament to a forgotten musician, The Essential Junior Kimbrough is a collection of his eclectic blues recordings over the years. Kimbrough released his first full-length album at the age of 62 on Fat Possum Records. From the 1969 45rpm version of "Release Me" to his Fat Possum versions of "All Night Long" and "Sad Days", Junior conveyed pure emotion into every one of his tracks. You can actually feel his pain listening to the music, but you will also embrace it when you come to the realization that this was everything the man truly was. It draws upon the souls of old Mississippi Hill Country Bluesman, and captures a sound truly unique to an area. A sign stood outside of Junior's Place that simply read: "If you can't read this, get someone to help you read this." This pretty much personified everything that he was: If you didn't understand, then you shouldn't be there
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5.0 out of 5 stars ...very very essential indeed... Sept. 3 2002
Format:Audio CD
hey now...
i dont think that these are the best recordings of these songs, but i do know this: mr. kimbrough anem get down!!! his guitar playin is fierce, not studio-fierce, but been-out-drinkin-and-chasin-woman-til-they-men-came-lookin-for-me-fierce!
raw and honest...
(the REAL soul music is over here!)
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Though I'd heard of Junior Kimbrough and read about him in Robert Palmer's seminal "Deep Blues", I really didn't appreciate Kimbrough's talents until I picked up a Rough Guide compilation of Delta blues. In a word: astonishing. The song "Meet Me in the City" creates a portrait that haunts the very core of your being. New feelings seem to emerge every time I listen to it. Kimbrough's work was stark, chilling, touching, tender, sad and hopeful all at the same time. Though a gifted guitarist, it was his voice that created a haunting and visceral connection to the Holy Trinity of Robert Johnson, Son House and Charlie Patton. Highly recommended if you love the original blues, without Chicago-style frills.
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