Bad Blood In The City: The Piety Street Sessions

James Blood Ulmer

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Format: CD

Cat No: HYN9355

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Release Date:  04 June 2007

Label:  Hyena

Packaging Type:  Jewel Case

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  825005935528

Genres:  Blues  

  • Description

    On this new album, James Blood Ulmer's most recent collaboration with Living Colour's Vernon Reid and The Memphis Blood Blues Band, it's his own material that carries the day. Built around a cycle of songs which directly address Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, Ulmer has delivered one of the most stirring and emotionally powerful albums of his career. There are also a handful of interpretations that serve to further explore Katrina's sub-plot of race, poverty and struggle, including readings of Son House' "Grinnin' In Your Face", Junior Kimbrough's "Sad Days, Lonely Nights", John Lee Hooker's "This Land Is No One's Land", Bessie Smith's "Backwater Blues", Howlin Wolf's "Commit A Crime" and Willie Dixon's "Dead Presidents."
    When producer Vernon Reid was asked why record an album based around Hurricane Katrina now, he responded: "It's as important to record this music at this point in time then right after Katrina. With the media no longer focused on it, this is when the tragedy starts slipping to the back of our collective memories, but we can't ever forget what happened in New Orleans." This album is a loud and clear reminder.
    Tracks: Survivors Of The Hurricane / Sad Days, Lonely Nights / Katrina / Let's Talk About Jesus / This Land Is No One's Land / Dead Presidents / Commit A Crime / Grinnin' In Your Face / There Is Power In The Blues / Backwater Blues / Old Slave Master.

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. Survivors Of the Hurricane
      • 2. Sad Days
      • 3. Lonely Nights
      • 4. Katrina
      • 5. Let's Talk About Jesus
      • 6. This Land Is Nobody's Land
      • 7. Dead Presidents
      • 8. Commit a Crime
      • 9. Grinnin' In Your Face
      • 10. There Is Power In the Blues
      • 11. Backwater Blues
      • . Old Slave Master