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Past Life Blues


Download links and information about Past Life Blues by Steve Guyger. This album was released in 1999 and it belongs to Blues genres. It contains 17 tracks with total duration of 01:01:48 minutes.

Artist: Steve Guyger
Release date: 1999
Genre: Blues
Tracks: 17
Duration: 01:01:48
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No. Title Length
1. Let's Rock Tonight 3:19
2. I Tried So Hard 3:12
3. I Thought I Heard 3:38
4. Monkey On a Limb 3:52
5. Blue Mambo 3:01
6. Somethin's Smellin' Good - at My Baby's House 4:00
7. Bricks In My Pillow 4:51
8. My New Car 2:53
9. Kansas City Blues 2:45
10. Snake Oil 3:11
11. We're Gonna Ride 3:19
12. No No No 3:50
13. Same Old Thing 3:16
14. I Need My Baby 5:04
15. Come Back 2:28
16. This Is the First Time 4:30
17. Rib Shack Boogie 4:39



Rooted firmly in the Little Walter and William Clarke school of overdriven, usually amplified harmonica, Steve Guyger blasts through 14 tracks of sturdy Chicago-styled blues. The former touring bandmember for Jimmy Rogers tears into these predominantly self-penned tunes with the fervor of the best postwar bluesmen, blowing with precision, intensity, and emotion. The tracks crackle with energy, whether they are in a slower tempo or more upbeat. Guyger exudes a smoky, everyman voice that won't win any awards, yet works well with this material. But it's his gutsy harp, tight band, and imaginative arrangements that drive this album. From the John Lee Hooker vibe of "Rib Shack Boogie" (one of three newly added tracks) to the slow, ominous swamp crawl of the instrumental "Snake Oil" and the noir jazz of "Monkey on a Limb," Guyger shifts moods and styles while maintaining a tough, moody attack. His playing on the playful "Somethin's Smellin' Good (At My Baby's House)" is heavily reminiscent of Kim Wilson's best work. Swinging drummer Joe Maher, leader of labelmate Big Joe & the Dynaflows, contributes skin work, but it's his production that shines here. Each instrument is crisply recorded, and the songs breathe no matter how fiercely Guyger blows. The album is essential listening for harmonica fans, and a real find for any serious lover of Chicago blues.