The Blues White Album

There's nothing too complicated going on with this album.

There's nothing too complicated going on with this album. The premise is easy enough to comprehend: blues covers of songs from the Beatles' White Album. Some of the tracks were obvious choices, such as Lucky Peterson's version of "Yer Blues," Joe Louis Walker's fine rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," and Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, and Tab Benoit's cool blues take on "Revolution." More surprising is Maria Muldaur's wonderful version of "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" and "Dear Prudence," which harmonica boss Charlie Musselwhite and guitarist Colin Linden have rendered as a catchy, nostalgic instrumental. "Happiness Is a Warm Gun," performed by Anders Osborne, sounds like the original track, so one wonders what the point was. "Let's Do It in the Road" proved to be too much of a rock tune for Jimmy Thackery to resist. Overall, it's a diverting, albeit somewhat uneven, tribute to the Fab Four.—PVV

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