CD Review – When Girls do it – Various Artists
6 out of 10 – Broadside Records – 5013929 960121
‘When Girls do it’ is a re-release of an album that was originally launched in 1971, and features a number of blues performers on songs that were recorded in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
As such, it features a lot of different musicians, with one or two tracks from such performers as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Little Oscar Stricklin, Ike Turner, and Jimmy McCracklin. Most of the tracks are slow or medium paced blues songs, heavy on the brass, piano and rhythm sections. There are a number of tracks here by lesser known performers such as Drifting Charles, Clear Waters, and Tender Slim, and the recording quality differs across the twenty eight tracks that make up the album.
Songs such as ‘Hillbilly Blues’ by Clear Waters sound like Chuck Berry, with its similar guitar introduction and vocal tone, whereas Buddy Guy’s contribution ‘Hard, but it’s fair’ shows the influential guitar-slinger in full flight with a full brass section. A number of guest musicians make telling contributions, from Otis Rush’s turn on ‘Down and Out’, Ike Turner’s featured song, whilst Blues Brother Matt Murphy plays on Memphis Slim’s ‘Blue and Lonesome’
Although there are plenty of tracks here to choose from, there is very little that demands repeated playing. It is a good CD to get a taster of many of these artists, but many can be heard to better advantage on their own albums.