This two-CD album, released in 1995, is this uniquely bizarre band's second and most austere effort. As mentioned above, Midnight Radio is similar in style to Sunset Mission, minus the piano and saxophone. This results in a very hypnotic listening experience.
Watermelon Slim and his band The Workers are tireless blues musicians, just like the masters who came before them. Their lot is to play small blues clubs, and bars and restaurants across the continent, bringing the blues to hungry ears. Once you’ve heard or seen Slim you’ll never forget it. And if you see him…you’ll hear him…I guarantee it! At a gig in Hamilton a couple of years ago, the opening act Steve Strongman (no slouch himself on blues guitar, and certainly no stranger to volume) had to wear earplugs during The Workers’ set! We, in the first row, had no earplugs so went home with ears ringing from the Mississippi rhythms and stinging lead guitar. Not a bad way to go.
At long last, the wait is over: DIORAMA have unleashed their ‘Zero Soldier Army’! About 3.5 years after the release of ‘Even the Devil doesn't Care’, the band from Reutlingen, Germany, that uniquely presents Dark Electro next to Alternative Rock, finally shares twelve new, eclectic tracks with us. DIORAMA have been around for two decades and everyone who'd been expecting that they would simply repeat themselves on their by now ninth studio album, will probably be disappointed…
Recorded in January of 1977 at Montreal’s legendary Rising Sun Celebrity Jazz Club, the record features some of Muddy’s greatest bandmates, including Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson and “Steady Rollin’” Bob Margolin on guitar, Jerry Portnoy on harmonica, Pinetop Perkins on piano, along with Calvin Jones on bass and Willie Smith on drums. The band are terrific throughout which is why it is no surprise that they, like many others, went on to have outside recognition after playing with Muddy’s band. The standout track is an 11 minute version of the classic, “Kansas City,” in which Muddy shares vocals with Perkins.