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You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough

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Release Me
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All Night Long
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Meet Me In The City
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You Better Run
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Done Got Old
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Sad Days Lonely Nights
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Old Black Mattie
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Most Things Haven't Worked Out
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I'm Leaving You Baby
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Keep On Braggin'
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Tramp
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Nobody But You
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 61:07

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Jimmie K

SirTav

I like the opening track

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Raw. Dark. Real.

jbennett451

Kimbrough isn't the easiest blues man to listen to; he simply just doesn't pull any punches. But if you can get past that, its just incredible. Like nobody else.

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Review by BarbaricArcticE

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One of a kind. Badass. Gruff, tough, macho. Clean, smooth, original. If you can relate, you can REALLY relate. A must for blues lovers

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Haunting and hypnotic blues.

steepler

There is something incredibly distinct about Kibrough's voice and guitar playing. His micro-tonal playing sometimes reminds me of the Tinariwen. Like another reader stated, he is the real deal, and the music is as gritty and as delta as you can get.

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The Real Deal

effingNinja

Junior Kimbrough is the manifestation of the Mississippi Hills. His repetitive, attacking blues strumming and haunting lyrics transport you to smoke filled, sweaty juke joints. The hard, thumping feel of Junior's songs are sexual, angry and drop dead gorgeous all at once - and pure Northern Mississippi. Junior isn't going to wow you into enjoying his music, he's going to strong arm you.

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Love it!

skorange

Simply wonderful. One of my favorite blues albums.

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Oh yeah.

TheCup

The cover says it all. What else do you need? This is straight up foot-stompin blues from the gut. Nothing polished here, its down and dirty. Check out Old Black Mattie, All Night Long, and the title track. Best song title ever is the instrumental "Most Things Haven't Worked Out". Junior is the man! Dig it.

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Label Profile: Fat Possum Records

By Marc Hogan, Lead News Writer

File Under: From raw, gutbucket blues to soul, rock and pop with a similar unspoiled spirit Flagship Acts: R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, Solomon Burke, the Black Keys, Andrew Bird, Band of Horses, Dinosaur Jr., Wavves, the Walkmen, Smith Westerns, Yuck, Tennis Based In: Oxford, Mississippi Like the Delta bluesmen whose records he started Fat Possum to release, Matthew Johnson is part of a dying breed. Rock owes much of its early legacy to eccentric, mostly European-descended label owners… more »

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Six Degrees of Junior Kimbrough’s All Night Long

By John Morthland, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Junior Kimbrough’s All Night Long

By John Morthland, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Gathering the best of his all-too-brief recording career, You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough includes most of his best-known songs, including “Done Got Old,” “Meet Me in the City,” “You Better Run,” and “All Night Long.” The collection does a good job of representing each of Kimbrough’s albums, ranging from the rough-and-ready sound of All Night Long; Sad Days, Lonely Nights’ dark, swampy feel (exemplified here by the title track and “Old Black Mattie”); the dense sonics of Most Things Haven’t Worked Out’s title track; and the gritty, uncompromising edge to God Knows I Tried’s “Tramp.” For anyone unsure where to dive into Kimbrough’s catalog, You Better Run offers the ideal starting point. – Heather Phares

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