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Topcat Records 20th Anniversary Extravaganza

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11/9/2012

Review

A double-disc set celebrating the two-decade anniversary of Topcat Records, this 40-track compilation shines a spotlight on the various releases the Texas-based blues label have released over the years. This set mixes up old, archival tracks reissued by the label along with newly commissioned recordings, some of the cuts sounding compressed and trashy, others big and bold. This discrepancy in audio quality can create some whiplash, but it does fit the slapdash nature of the whole project; it's hard to tell why each cut was chosen for inclusion as there are no real liner notes to speak of: the booklet does take note of the players on each track, which is nice, but it'd be even nicer to have some sort of context for each of the cuts here. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable enough sampler of modern Texas blues in its many permutations, from simple guitar and voice to full-bodied blues shuffles. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Blue Goose Blues Jesse Thomas 2:33
  3. 2 Kind Hearted Woman Johnny Nicholas 4:19
  4. 3 Down to the Bone Edwin Holt 4:19
  5. 4 Long Distance Call Muddy Waters 6:33
  6. 5 Mississippi River Blues George "Harmonica" Smith 3:37
  7. 6 Hound Dog Big Mama Thornton 3:5
  8. 7 My Babe 3:55
  9. 8 Texas Flood 5:19
  10. 9 The Curly Stomp Curly "Barefoot" Miller 4:34
  11. 10 "C" Jam Blues Bobby Chitwood 3:55
  12. 11 Jump My Baby Texas Topcats 2:30
  13. 12 Pawnshop Bound Tu-Tones 3:55
  14. 13 Rollin' and Tumblin' Josh Alan Band 2:55
  15. 14 Tear It Up Mike "Hollywood Fats" Mann 3:54
  16. 15 Guitar Man Cricket Taylor 6:44
  17. 16 Rock Me 4:37
  18. 17 I'm Coming Home Robert Ealey 4:14
  19. 18 Butter Beans Curly "Barefoot" Miller 3:39
  20. 19 John the Revelator Johnny Nicholas 3:39
  21. 20 Boogie Hash Brown 2:34
  22. 1 True Blue Calvin Owens 4:21
  23. 2 She Feels Good Bugs Henderson 4:47
  24. 3 What's on Your Mind Solon "Fishbone" Coelho 3:57
  25. 4 Welcome to the Game Robin "Texas Slim" Sullivan 2:57
  26. 5 Walkin' Heart Attack Holland K. Smith 4:6
  27. 6 Texas Girl Rocky Athas 3:33
  28. 7 White Trash Fernando Noronha 5:32
  29. 8 Saint Peter Have Mercy 3:55
  30. 9 Leopard Skin Mini Skirt Keller Thomas 3:4
  31. 10 Remeber Bob Kirkpatrick 5:29
  32. 11 The Girl That Radiates Cold Blue Steel 2:50
  33. 12 Sneakin' Around Kenny Traylor 3:56
  34. 13 Oh My Baby's Gone Jim Suhler 3:43
  35. 14 Tribute to Roy Buchanan Big Gilson 3:29
  36. 15 Heart of Stone Robin Sylar 3:38
  37. 16 Well All Right Then Mike Morgan 3:36
  38. 17 Queen of the Boucherie Pat Mason 4:39
  39. 18 Sugar Bee Johnny Mack 3:18
  40. 19 Cross Road U.P. Wilson 3:41
  41. 20 The Thrill Is Gone Tutu Jones 4:35

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