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Heartaches and Pain

Carey Bell

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Album Review

Legendary producer Ralph Bass supervised this quickie session back in 1977, but it failed to see the light of day domestically until Delmark rescued it from oblivion. They did the blues world a favor: it's a worthwhile session, Bell storming through a mostly original setlist (the omnipresent Little Walter cover this time is "Everything's Gonna Be Alright"). Aron Burton and Sam Lay comprise the rhythm section, and son Lurrie contributes lead guitar.

Customer Reviews

Carey Bell Rocks Does

I've owned this album for years, and while I can't say it's consistently great, it has one essential track, the tour-de-force harmonica solo CAREY BELL ROCKS. My favorite Carey Bell cut. A harp player can spend years sucking the tasty licks outta this track. A showcase for Carey's virtuosity. A dollar very well spent. He's using a D harp, crossing to the key of A. You can get a good idea of this track by listening to the I-Tunes sample. If you don't like this, you don't know harp.


Born: November 14, 1936 in Macon, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s

His place on the honor roll of Chicago blues harpists long ago assured, Carey Bell truly came into his own in the '90s as a bandleader with terrific discs for Alligator and Blind Pig. He learned his distinctive harmonica riffs from the Windy City's very best (both Walters — Little and Big — as well as Sonny Boy Williamson II), adding his own signature...
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