Rounder has launched a new Heritage Series that kicks off in righteous fashion with this retrospective of Roomful of Blues’ seven Rounder albums.
In guitar terms, this collection covers Roomful of Blues from the journeyman days of Ronnie Earl to today’s Chris Vachon. These are the best of the best, 14 rafter-shaking numbers from the hottest and longest-lived R&B revival band on the scene.
In addition, this CD includes two previously unreleased cuts. The first is the modern cut, “Poverty.” The second is a live ’82 version of “Shake Rattle and Roll” featuring the man himself, Big Joe Turner, on vocals.
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