Monday, March 28, 2011

Johnny Shines - Evening Shuffle

Recorded in 1952 and 1953 for the JOB label, this is Johnny Shines at his most primal, and most of these songs find him working with a drumless trio. The same material (minus the alternate takes) has been available since 1991 on the album  " Johnny Shines & Robert Lockwood".

Big Walter Horton plays harmonica on the 1953 sides, and his presence is always a good sign, but with the exception of a few songs, like the title track, the driving "Living In The White House" and the rollicking, up-tempo "Please Don't", this material is too unvaried and the sound is too mediocre for "Evening Shuffle" to be of real interest to casual fans.
If you're looking for your first Johnny Shines album, pick up "Skull & Crossbones Blues" or  Shines' "Masters Of Modern Blues" entry. If you're a serious fan, pick this one up as well. Just don't set your expectations too high. 

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