Floyd McDaniel West Side Baby Delmark
Recorded live on May 21, 1994 at the Breminale Blues Nights festival in Bremen, Germany, a treasure of an album from a man who spent over half a century in an urban hipster's world of jump and jive. Floyd passed away in '95 at the age of 80 but fortunately we have this live date to celebrate his long life in music. For Floyd that journey included playing the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, pop success in the '40s and '50s with the Four Blazes, an extended run with the Ink Spots in the '90s, a blossoming solo career that includes his first album as a leader (Let Your Hair Down, Delmark 971). His whiskey-smooth vocals and Charlie Christian/T-Bone Walker-influenced guitar work are in fine form here. This was Floyd's last recording but through it his music goes on.
1. St. Louis Blues
2. West Side baby
3. Mean Old World
4. Route 66
6. Red Top
7. Backwater Blues
8. Everyday I Have The Blues
9. Every Time
10. Sweet Home Chicago
11. Hold It
"...This disc here is the best of a `live' Bremen, Germany festival performance
from May 1994, with Floyd backed by Dave Specter and The Bluebirds with
occasional harmonica from Tad Robinson. This is a beautifully executed
and tight `live' show with wonderful recording. There's no doubt Floyd was on
the verge of becoming a blues star of major magnitude, and those who already
knew him considered him a star in every way, a true gentleman who treated everyone
around him with love and respect.
"Delmark has a fine triple bill now available on the life's work of Floyd McDaniel; this fine `live' set, his earlier studio album, and recently a release of his great early 1950s work with the Four Blazes (Mary Jo). 5 bottles for an album that exudes class and dignity the humble blues of Floyd McDaniel, the only man that could `out-T-Bone' T-Bone Walker."
- Andy Grigg, Real Blues
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