Blues The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. Thu, 26 Jan 2023 16:20:16 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Roughhousing (1986) Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Roughhousing (1986)

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1 	Old Oak Tree 	4:30
2 	Midnight Rider 	3:56
3 	You Done Me Wrong For The Last Time 	6:12
4 	She's Fine, She's Mine 	4:03
5 	Everything I Do Brings Me Closer To The Blues 	4:06
6 	Pride And Joy 	3:40
7 	You Don't Exist Any More 	4:01
8 	Mean Old Frisco 	4:14
9 	Car Wash Blues 	4:32
10 	Walking The Dog 	4:59

Bass – James "Pookie" Young
Drums – Louis Henderson
Guitar – Dave Weld
Guitar, Vocals – Lil' Ed Williams 


Wild & greasy blues at its best, a two-song session for an anthology turned into an all-night, live-in-the-studio jam. Sounds like it was great fun. ---Niles J. Frantz, AllMusic Review


Lil' Ed Williams's Chicago slide guitar is the dirtiest fun to be had since the passing of Hound Dog Taylor and his uncle, J. B. Hutto. Williams and his band learned the ropes in West Side dives, and their three hours in the studio one night in 1986 resulted in first takes that mirror their club wildness. The Roughhousin' session came about when label head Bruce Iglauer was floored by the band's wild one-song contribution to the Alligator anthology titled The New Bluebloods. --- Frank John Hadley, Editorial Reviews


True to the spirit of Alligator Records, this can best be described as "houserockin' blues". Three hours and fifteen minutes, according to the liner-notes that's all it took Lil' Ed Williams and his Blues Imperials to record their debut album virtually live in the studio. In fact, in that short period of time, they managed to record 30 tunes in all, of which 10 show up on this CD. There's nothing slick about this type of music, it's rough-and-tumble jumpy blues, dominated by Lil' Ed Williams' scorching slide guitar. This band had been playing together for ten years when this album was recorded, so they have a great rapport. Their very first visit to a recording studio was really only meant to cut a couple of tracks for an anthology of up-and-coming Chicago blues bands, but try stopping these guys ! Happy, energetic, raw ... It's hard to exactly pin down the mood of this music. Perhaps the term "party music" sums it all up. This band must be great to hear live, but this album serves as a great introduction ! ---Ozzie,

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]]> (bluesever) Lil' Ed Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:35:05 +0000
Lil' Ed & Blues Imperials - The Big Sound Of (2016) Lil' Ed & Blues Imperials - The Big Sound Of (2016)

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1 	Giving Up On Your Love 	3:40 	
2 	Raining In Paris 	3:31 	
3 	Poor Man’s Song 	3:41 	
4 	Shy Voice 	3:39 	
5 	Black Diamond Love 	4:44 	
6 	Whiskey Flavored Tears 	2:51 	
7 	I'll Cry Tomorrow 	6:46 	
8 	Is It You? 	3:25 	
9 	I’m Done 	2:53 	
10 	Deep In My Soul 	4:33 	
11 	I Want It All 	2:58 	
12 	I Like My Hot Sauce Cold 	3:00 	
13 	Troubled World 	4:35 	
14 	Green Light Groove 	2:31

Lil’ Ed Williams - Lead Guitar and Vocals
Michael Garrett - Rhythm and Lead* Guitar
James “Pookie” Young - Bass
Kelly Littleton - Drums
Sumito “Ariyo” Ariyoshi – Keyboards


An album absolutely bursting with Lil' Ed's rollicking slide-work and raw-boned vocals on a joyous blend of burning boogies, romping shuffles and heart-stopping slow blues. The ever-ready Blues Imperials continue to be his perfect sidekicks, laying down greasy, percolating grooves with reckless precision. "Electrifying, raucous, pure Chicago blues...Lil’ Ed is a guitarist extraordinaire...slashing slide and flamboyant stage persona. ---Chicago Tribune

With The Big Sound Of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, the band continues to bring their blistering Chicago blues to “Ed Heads” new and old. Their infectious energy, joyful showmanship and masterful playing have been honed to a razor’s edge by their many years together. Lil’ Ed, Pookie, Mike and Kelly have seen sports stars and presidents, musical fads and fashion trends come and go. Meanwhile, their fiery music has more than stood the test of time. “We’re not band members,” says Williams, “we’re family, and families stay together.” Night after night, gig after riotous gig, the musical family called Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials bring their big, dynamic Chicago blues sound to fans across the country and around the world. ---

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]]> (bluesever) Lil' Ed Thu, 06 Oct 2016 13:19:34 +0000
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Full Tilt (2008) Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Full Tilt (2008)

1. Hold That Train
2. Housekeeping Job
3. Don't Call Me
4. Check My Baby's Oil
5. First I Look At The Purse
6. Love Don't Live Here Anymore
7. Life Got In The Way
8. Candy Sweet
9. Woman, Take A Bow
10. My Baby Moves Me
11. Dying To Live
12. Open Invitation
13. Every Man Needs A Good Woman
14. Take Five

Lil' Ed Williams (vocals, guitar); 
Michael Garrett (guitar, background vocals); 
James "Pookie" Young (bass guitar, background vocals); 
Kelly Littleton (drums).


Slide guitarist Lil' Ed Williams & the Blues Imperials bring the energy of live performance to their seventh Alligator release, Full Tilt. The highlights on this disc tend to reflect that of the album's title, especially the spirited cover versions of the Contours' "First I Look at the Purse" and Hound Dog Taylor's "Take Five," along with the originals "Hold That Train," "Candy Sweet," and "My Baby Moves Me." Lil' Ed's raucous guitar chops are at center stage on those tracks and the additional backing from horn players Eddie McKinley and David Basinger and pianist/organist Johnny Iguana add some extra kick. There are a few lukewarm tracks that are a bit too rote and, unfortunately, bring down the overall good-time party appeal of this disc. Still, fans of Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials, or electric modern blues in general, will want to add this to their collections. --- Al Campbell, Rovi

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]]> (bluesever) Lil' Ed Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:12:27 +0000
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Jump Start (2012) Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials - Jump Start (2012)

01. If You Were Mine (2:44)
02. Musical Mechanical Electrical Man (3:26)
03. Kick Me To The Curb (3:04)
04. You Burnt Me (3:47)
05. House Of Cards (3:56)
06. Born Loser (2:44)
07. Jump Right In (3:05)
08. Life Is A Journey (5:36)
09. World Of Love (4:00)
10. Weatherman (3:48)
11. If You Change Your Mind (4:31)
12. No Fast Food (2:42)
13. My Chains Are Gone (4:29)

Lil’ Ed Williams - guitar and vocals
Michael Garrett – guitar
James “Pookie” Young - bass and background vocals
Kelly Littleton – drums


Jump Start is the latest CD from Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, and their eighth on Alligator Records. Lil’ Ed Williams’ uncle was the great Chicago showman J.B. Hutto, and he surely would be proud of this latest effort from the band.

There is a good mix of fast burners and slow smokers, with several standout cuts. The opener, “If You Were Mine”, is a rocker that has a rockabilly tinge to it. “Musical Mechanical Electric Man” is playful and might remind some of Rick Estrin and The Nightcats. “House of Cards” features a very nice controlled scorching guitar solo and is vaguely reminiscent of Jeff Healy. “Jump Right In” is a swinging jump style blues that will evoke memories of a Duke Robillard romp; just really well played, with an excellent solo from Michael Garrett! The best cut of this album, the slow and soulful “Life Is A Journey”, was co-written by Ed and his wife, Pam, and features Ed on a long and beautiful solo. It is a stunning piece. Also stunning is “If You Change Your Mind”, a slow Hutto cover that features some sweet slide playing from Ed and nice piano from Marty Sammon.

This is a standout album. The playing is loose enough to be real and tight enough to be effective. Production values are simple and not overdone, and the sound quality and mix are right on the money. Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials – Jump Start would be a welcome addition to any collection and is highly recommended. ---

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]]> (bluesever) Lil' Ed Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:44:02 +0000