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Album Review

Slide guitarist Lil' Ed Williams & the Blues Imperials bring the energy of live performance to their seventh Alligator release, Full Tilt. The highlights on this disc tend to reflect that of the album's title, especially the spirited cover versions of the Contours' "First I Look at the Purse" and Hound Dog Taylor's "Take Five," along with the originals "Hold That Train," "Candy Sweet," and "My Baby Moves Me." Lil' Ed's raucous guitar chops are at center stage on those tracks and the additional backing from horn players Eddie McKinley and David Basinger and pianist/organist Johnny Iguana add some extra kick. There are a few lukewarm tracks that are a bit too rote and, unfortunately, bring down the overall good-time party appeal of this disc. Still, fans of Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, or electric modern blues in general, will want to add this to their collections.

Customer Reviews

Tear it up!

The typical Lil' ED, quiet, timid, subdued, NOT!!! Like always,the boys grab hold of ya, and don't let go. Just what you would expect. Right from the gitgo you'll be hooked!

Sweet!

Way to go Lil' Ed! Soulful songs that everyone can relate to! Plus rockin shuffles that keep the beat moving. I am very impressed with you and your band. This is a MUST SEE live show! Cut a rug and bring the house down!

Great New Music!

I found Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials through the National Public Radio game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me and now I'm hooked. This is true music! I will continue to listen to Lil' Ed for a long time to come.

Biography

Formed: 1975 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Blues

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

Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials were among the premiere party bands to come out of Chicago during the '70s and '80s. Often compared to Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor, fiery, flamboyant slide guitarist Lil' Ed Williams and his group have continued to play dedicated, rough-edged, and hard-rocking dance music, establishing an international reputation that has lasted into the new millennium. A native of Chicago, Williams was first inspired by his uncle, renowned slide guitarist J.B. Hutto, with...
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