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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 ...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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5.0 out of 5 stars The main man who influenced Charlie Feathers July 8 2004
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Kimbrough tought rockabilly legend Charly Feathers how to play guitar and influenced him. Kimbrough has a unique guitar style and a truly honest blues voice. A great cd by a legend who influenced the rockabilly stars of the 50's!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Junior Would Be Proud July 5 2004
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Even though I already had all of Kimbrough's Fat possum discs, I still love this album. It has all his greatest songs which eliminates the process of selecting the songs from all his verious albums. It also contains the duet between Kimbrough and his long time friend and rockabilly pioneer Charlie Feathers. If you like the music here you should not only check out his fatpossum realeses but also his "Do The Rump" album on Hightone records. This is a compilation worthy of the Mississippi Hill country blues master himself. Junior would have been proud of it. Rest In Peace Jonior. You are missed
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