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Wish I Was In Heaven Sitting Down

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Hard Time Killin' Floor
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Got Messed Up
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Miss Maybelle
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Wish I Was In Heaven
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Too Many Ups
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Nothin' Man
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See What My Buddy Done
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My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble
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Back Luck City
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Chain Of Fools
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R.L.'s Story
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Black Mattie - Robert Belfour
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Pucker Up Buttercup - Paul Jones
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Laugh To Keep From Crying - Kenny Brown
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 60:49

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This guy is immortal!

smilerp

It's hard to imagine R.L. Burnside in an armchair looking down at us from his heavenly perch, but I am sure that he is still rockin'. This album is one of his best!

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First Album of his that I bought

outoftheclosetmusicsnob

I heard "Nothing Man" on the radio and thought who is this guy and where can I buy the CD? I now have everything of his- one of the last of the Mississippi Great's. I agree with other reviewers though- Well, Well, Well is far more true to his self.

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Wrong songs!

jbritton

Great album, but songs one and five are reversed here. Hard Time Killin' Floor is what you are hearing on track one and Too Many Ups is what you are hearing on track five. What you are hearing is the proper track order but titled wrong here.

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Interesting

residue

Sure wouldn't have expected this from a 70+ years-old blues guy. In contrast to the main review, I thought the scratching and sampling added a new and interesting dimension.

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Love This!!

zenruss

Nothin' Man knocks me out everytime I hear it. This is an excellent cd, but don't expect to hear your average blues. People have criticized the production and the sampling, but really, that's what made this cd stand out from all the rest. If you don't like that stuff, don't listen to it, but don't expect the man to be only what YOU want him to be.

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Good but...

salishan1969

There are better R.L. Burnside choices, "Well, Well, Well." for example. The production on this one is just a bit much and doesn't always seem appropriate. That's not to say this isn't worth a listen...I'd suggest checking out a couple of tunes before going all in. Start with the "Chain of Fools" cover.

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Top-Dollar Album

MercuryMiner

This album commands top-dollar in all venues. That you can get it here for a few bucks is worthy of "praise to God." That RL cranked this out at 73 shows the power and prowess of his genius. This ain't your Granddaddy's blues!! It is raw, rockin, output from the creator of a style that defies a name. From rockers to hard-core blues lovers, it is hard not to groove to this winner.

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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 »

They Say All Music Guide

Like jazz, the blues has its share of late bloomers — artists who didn’t start recording or didn’t become well-known until they were well into their 50s or 60s. R.L. Burnside is very much a late bloomer; the Mississippi bluesman was born in 1926, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that he started to enjoy the publicity he deserved. Recorded in 2000, Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down finds the veteran singer continuing to be fairly unpredictable at 73. Essentially, this CD falls into the Mississippi blues category — Burnside maintains the earthy, down-home rawness that people expect from Mississippi country-blues. But Burnside certainly isn’t without urban influences, and this CD illustrates his appreciation of John Lee Hooker and early Muddy Waters as well as the Texas blues of Lightnin’ Hopkins. Burnside has also been influenced by R&B; one of the few tracks that he didn’t write or co-write is a cover of Aretha Franklin’s 1960s smash “Chain of Fools.” The producers (who include Andy Kaulkin, John Porter, and Brad Cook) try to make that track and others relevant to hip-hop by adding sampling and scratching — and when they do, it sounds forced and unnatural. Some of the producing is simply too high-tech for an artist as raw as Burnside, but that doesn’t make his vocals any less impressive. Despite its imperfections, Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down is a generally appealing document of Burnside at 73. – Alex Henderson

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