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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Gun Club Revisited 2 - Preachin' the Blues

The Gun Club released their version of Robert Johnson's Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped the Devil) as Preaching the Blues, in 1981. The late bluesman's star had not ascended to its current lofty heights at the time but English bluesmen and others had been doing their part to keep his music in front of the public since the Sixties.

This greatly altered version of the song kicks off with all of the rip-roaring, out of control goodness of a train about to run off the tracks and keeps up the pace pretty much throughout, with a few lulls tossed in for dramatic effect. It works and really well. Wailing slide guitar opens the proceedings, the rhythm section kicks in at a frenetic pace, and Pierce, hardly the most restrained of all vocalists, turns in an especially forceful performance, complete with wailing and howling. Which puts it in my Gun Club top 10, for sure.


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