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Album Review

Luther's third album for Alligator finds the 50-something bluesman truly at the peak of his powers. His superb guitar playing has never been more focused, and his singing shows a fervent shouter in full command. But Allison's songwriting has made giant strides as well, and ten of the 14 tracks aboard feature him as a co-writer as well. The production by Jim Gaines delivers a modern-sounding album that stays firmly in the blues tradition while giving full vent to Luther's penchant for blending soul, rock and funk grooves into his musical stew. There are really no duff tracks aboard, but special attention should be paid to the sloppy but right slide guitar-meets-rock & roll groove of "Low Down And Dirty," and Allison's incredibly hot minor key soloing (at full rock volume) on "Drowning At The Bottom," an acoustic duet with his son Bernard on "Playin' A Losing Game," and the grinding social commentary of "Pain In The Streets." If Allison had made albums like this for Motown 20-some years ago, it would be very interesting to speculate on how the blues history books just might have been rewritten.

Customer Reviews

Truly One of the Greatest

This is, quite simply, one of the best blues albums ever made. Luther's singing, playing, and songwriting on his 3 albums with Alligator in the mid 90s were great, but this one in particular is phenomenal. Rock, soul, and blues of all types from stinging Chicago style to Delta acoustic are all present, and Allison masters them all. Truly a tragedy the man died right around the time of its release. If you buy one blues album, buy this one. It's just that good.


This a great blues album! I don't know how I missed it for so long but I'm sure glad to have found it. Luther sings with a bluesy grit and soul that speaks of years of playing/living the blues. The songs are well written and soulful.He has a penchant for soloing like a madman with a great sound and touch that I really enjoy listening to.Check it out you won't be disappointed.

Blues at its best

I heard "Will it ever change" on the radio and instantly loved the song. I love the way he sings the blues. I only downloaded two songs (Living in tbe House of Blues - GREAT!) but I'm glad to know another great blues artist I love to hear. Thanks to Soundhound I'm able to put a title and artist to songs I only hear once. I would have never known this artist name or song and waited until by luck ever hearing it again.


Born: August 17, 1939 in Widener, AR

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

An American-born guitarist, singer, and songwriter who lived in France since 1980, Luther Allison was the man to book at blues festivals in the mid-'90s. Allison's comeback into the mainstream was ushered in by a recording contract with an American record company, Chicago-based Alligator Records. After he signed with Alligator in 1994, Allison's popularity grew exponentially and he worked steadily until his death in 1997. Born August 17, 1939, in Widener, AR, Allison was the 14th of 15 children,...
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