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Album Review

In 1999, Hip-O Records, the reissue arm of Universal Music, issued a Delbert McClinton title in its Ultimate Collection series that contained 18 tracks and spanned McClinton's solo career from 1975 to 1997. Seven years later, Hip-O has taken another crack at a McClinton best-of for its The Definitive Collection series and improved on that earlier disc. (In the interim, there was also a 12-track McClinton compilation as part of the discount-priced 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series and a good covers set, Genuine Rhythm & the Blues.) The Definitive Collection includes 17 of the 18 tracks found on Ultimate Collection, the only exception being "Shot from the Saddle," and the newer disc adds another five tracks, including McClinton's famous harmonica performance on the 1962 Bruce Channel hit "Hey Baby" and the Delbert & Glen chart entry "I Received a Letter." That makes The Definitive Collection the most comprehensive McClinton compilation yet, but it still isn't definitive, much less ultimate. The problem is that McClinton has been on too many record labels, and while Hip-O has licensed material from Atlantic and Capitol to go along with material from Smash, Clean, ABC, Capricorn, and Alligator that apparently now resides in the Universal vaults or was otherwise acquired, there is still one important part of his discography missing. McClinton's 1990s tenure on Curb Records isn't here, meaning that such songs as "Every Time I Roll the Dice" and "Tell Me About It" are not included. (Neither is the Capitol recording of "Good Man, Good Woman," McClinton's Grammy-winning duet with Bonnie Raitt, or anything from his affiliation with New West that started in 2001.) The best of Delbert McClinton still hasn't been captured on a single CD, but this is the closest anyone has come so far.

Customer Reviews

DMC Is A Musical Gem!

"Musica = <3" must refer to that reviewer's IQ or, possibly, his age, for Delbert McClinton is one of the founders of modern music. He taught the Beatles (John, specifically) to play harmonica and has worked with almost every rock, blues, and country artist in the world in his glorious career. While this, the "Definitive Collection," does not contain many of DMC's more recognizable hits, it is truly representative of his incomparable talent. Grow up, Musica, and do your best to remember that he who knows only his own generation remains forever a child.

The Greatest of the Great

Delbert is the king of Texas Roadhouse music, a combination of blues, country and rock with a flavor of jazz that rocks the very soul of Texas. These cuts, mostly from his earlier albums, show just how hard Delbert rocks. As a "Greatest Hits" collection it stands above other similar compilations, having a broader representation of this great artist's body of work. To see Delbert is to be moved. He moans, he crys, his voice captures you and lifts you out of your seat and sets you to doin' the boogie. No one can wail like Delbert. His turn of phrase is delightful. One of the best is from B-Movie Boxcar Blues - "The way she did when she did what she did to me made me think of you" always brings laughter from a joyful crowd and makes you think the woman to whom he's speaking might actually let hm get away with it. Delbert McClinton - a rock powerhouse. This collection is sure to appeal to old fans and those newly discoveing his work. If you don't have everything he's done, get this, it will have something you missed.


Born: November 4, 1940 in Lubbock, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The venerable Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music aficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition. A formidable harmonica player long before he recorded as a singer, McClinton's career began in the late '50s, yet it took him nearly two de`cades to evolve into a bona fide solo artist. A critics' darling and favorite...
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