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The Son Seals Blues Band

  • The Son Seals Blues Band [Alligator, 1973] B

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The Son Seals Blues Band [Alligator, 1973]
As the notes say, it's rare for a young bluesman to defy the commercial realities and try to develop his own writing and playing style. What they don't mention is that the writing has a ways to go. But I like the coarse flow of his "scruffling" guitar, especially in a distort mode--like the choked comping behind "Your Love Is Like a Cancer," which neatly enough is the album's most striking lyric. B