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Otis Rush - Any Place I'm Going (1998)

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Otis Rush - Any Place I'm Going (1998)

Otis Rush - Any Place I'm Going (1998)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 356 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 131 Mb | Scans ~ 158 Mb
Label: House Of Blues | # 51416 1343 2 | Time: 00:56:49
Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Soul-Blues

This album on the House of Blues label is a bit smoother and more slickly produced (by Rush and famed Memphis producer Willie Mitchell) than Rush's classic, rough-edged Chess recordings, but there's still plenty here to like. With a solid horn section backing him on most cuts, Rush gets ample room to show off his razor-sharp guitar chops. And his distinctive, emotionally charged voice remains a true blues treasure. In addition to his own no-nonsense originals, Rush draws on some familiar tunes from classic soul and blues performers like Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Nappy Brown, and Little Milton.

Otis Rush - Ain't Enough Comin' In (1994)

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Otis Rush - Ain't Enough Comin' In (1994)

Otis Rush - Ain't Enough Comin' In (1994)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 345 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 134 Mb | Scans ~ 111 Mb
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: This Way Up, Mercury | # 314 518 769-2 | 00:58:06

Otis Rush and Buddy Guy were hot young Chicago guitar slingers in the 1950s, when legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf ruled the Second City. Rush was renowned for his nasty, over-amplified guitar sound, and songs like "All Your Love" and "Double Trouble" were seminal touchstones for such `60s British guitarists as Eric Clapton and Peter Green. Rush has lately been known more for live shows than records, and 1994's Ain't Enough Comin' In succeeded because it was programmed like a great concert set, with fat guitar solos that suggested Albert King in a sweat, and songs that drew from both the blues and soul songbooks. Rush sounds great singing Sam Cooke's good-news gospel ("Somebody Have Mercy" and "Ain't That Good News") and pays his propers to Ray Charles on "A Fool for You." Exciting takes on epic tunes associated with B.B. King ("It's My Own Fault") and Albert King ("As the Years Go Passing By") also leave no doubt that Rush hasn't forgotten how to burn down the house.

Albert King / Otis Rush - Door To Door (1969) [Chess Legendary Masters Series, Remastered Reissue 1998] Re-Up

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Albert King / Otis Rush - Door To Door (1969) [Chess Legendary Masters Series, Remastered Reissue 1998] Re-Up

Albert King / Otis Rush - Door To Door (1969)
Chess Legendary Masters Series, Remastered Reissue 1998
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 181 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 103 Mb | Scans included | 00:39:26
Electric Blues, Chicago Blues, Soul-Blues | Label: Chess/Universal | # MCD 09322, 329 322-2

Although Albert King is pictured on the front cover and has the lion's share of tracks on this excellent compilation, six of the fourteen tracks come from Rush's shortlived tenure with the label and are some of his very best. Chronologically, these are his next recordings after the Cobra sides and they carry a lot of the emotional wallop of those tracks, albeit with much loftier production values with much of it recorded in early stereo. Oddly enough, some of the material ("All Your Love," "I'm Satisfied [Keep on Loving Me Baby]") were remakes – albeit great ones – of tunes that Cobra had already released as singles! But Rush's performance of "So Many Roads" (featuring one of the greatest slow blues guitar solos of all time) should not be missed at any cost.

Otis Rush - Lost In The Blues (1991)

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Otis Rush - Lost In The Blues (1991)

Otis Rush - Lost In The Blues (1991)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 140 Mb | Scans included
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Alligator | # ALCD 4797 | Time: 00:47:35

The powers that be at Alligator were subjected to a fair amount of criticism for taking a 1977 album of standards that Otis Rush had cut in Sweden and overdubbing Lucky Peterson's keyboards to make the thing sound fuller and more contemporary. History, after all, should not be messed with. But it's still a reasonably successful enterprise, with Rush imparting his own intense twist to "I Miss You So," "You Don't Have to Go," and "Little Red Rooster."

Otis Rush - Mourning In The Morning (1969) Reissue 2005 [Re-Up]

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Otis Rush - Mourning In The Morning (1969) Reissue 2005 [Re-Up]

Otis Rush - Mourning In The Morning (1969) Reissue 2005
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 276 Mb | Scans included
Label: Collectables | # COL-CD-7704 | Time: 00:39:40
Chicago Blues, Electric Blues, Blues-Rock, Rhythm & Blues

This string-bending guitar master (and owner of one of the most beautiful voices in blues) had a big influence on rock, and rock returned the favor on this 1969 Atlantic LP. Duane Allman plays guitar, Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites produced and that's Roger Hawkins on drums as Otis does Feel So Bad; Gambler's Blues; Baby, I Love You; It Takes Time, and more!

Otis Rush - Troubles, Troubles (1978) [The Sonet Blues Story Series] Expanded Remastered 2005

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Otis Rush - Troubles, Troubles (1978) [The Sonet Blues Story Series] Expanded Remastered 2005

Otis Rush - Troubles, Troubles (1978) [The Sonet Blues Story Series] 2005
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 359 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans ~ 202 Mb
Electric Chicago Blues | Label: Universal Music AB | # B0007211-02 | 00:54:09

Troubles, Troubles was originally recorded for Sonet, but is probably better known through its re-release as Lost in the Blues by Alligator. Lost in the Blues was justifiably criticized because of the decision to have Lucky Peterson overdub a bunch of keyboards in order to give it a more "contemporary" (read: more "Alligator") sound. This release is of the original album (with a couple bonus alternate takes) without all the overdubbing, and is a vast improvement over the Alligator version. But how does it stand as an Otis Rush album? It's a very good set – perhaps "comfortable" says it best – recorded with Rush's longstanding band of Bob Levis on rhythm guitar, Bob Stroger on bass, and Jesse Lewis Green on drums (despite what the package says).