Seals is truly the Bad Axe. This extraordinary blues guitarist and vocalist literally grew up in his daddy's juke joint in Osceola, Ark.
Seals is truly the Bad Axe. This extraordinary blues guitarist and vocalist literally grew up in his daddy's juke joint in Osceola, Ark., on the banks of the Mississippi River. That terrain in the vicinity of Memphis has been fertile ground for blues players for nearly a century, and Seals is one of the finest artists to emerge from the area. Like so many blues legends, he eventually found his way to Chicago, where he made his mark. Seals' edition of Deluxe Edition brings together 14 tracks from previously released albums, circa 1972-1996, as well as one previously unreleased track ("Life All by Myself"). As a guitarist, his aggressive, angular attack and his incisive phrasing are firm reminders that he spent some formative time backing guitarist Albert King. The unbridled ardour of his playing, however, and the intensity of his vocals are purely Seals. Such tracks as "Landlord at the Door," "Bad Axe," "Good Woman Bad," and "Funky Bitch" showcase both the fire and the subtlety of his guitar work. Thirty years after his Alligator debut, Seals can still torch a crowd in any club, anywhere, any time.—PVV