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Would you love to be transported back to Chicago in the 50s and early 60s – then you’re in luck because this fabulous set from two masters of the genre, Barrelhouse Chuck and Kim Wilson, will do exactly that.  Add in a band that includes Larry Taylor, Richard Innes, Billy Flynn, Jeremy Johnson and Sax Gordon and it’s Peppers here we come.

Where do I start in reviewing this set?  Should it be the stomping rendition of Cal Green’s ‘The Big Push’ with it’s rollicking piano, dirty harp, rasping sax and vintage rock’n’roll guitar – or the Muddy inspired title track with it’s melancholy vocals, Spannesque piano and Little Walter styled harp.  Or, maybe, the lowdown, “broke and hungry, ragged and dirty too” piano on a stunning rendition of Floyd Jones and Johnny Young’s ‘Stockyard Blues’ with it’s moaning harp and vocals, and wistful guitar crying out in defiance – or the vintage rockabilly of Chuck Berry’s ‘Thirty Days’ with it’s raucous piano and vocals accompanied by Flynn’s “Berried” guitar.  Then again I could highlight ‘Anna Lee’ with it’s pure Nighthawk slide, wailing harp and vocals, and “down in the alley” piano – or the irascible vocals and piano, and shimmering guitar, that power ‘Flat Foot Sam’. Or … should it be ‘Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy’, ‘K&C Boogie’, ‘Lucky Lou’ or … just buy it and enjoy the whole thirteen tracks.

- Mick Rainsford