(2006) Stand Back!

Charlie Musselwhite

... read moreVanguard may have spelled his name wrong (he prefers Charlie or Charles), but the word was out as soon as this solo debut was released: here was a harpist every bit as authentic, as emotional, and in some ways as adventuresome, as Paul Butterfield. Similarly leading a Chicago band with a veteran...

45′:37″ 12 Songs

1
Baby Will You Please Help Me
Charlie Musselwhite
3:20
2
No More Lonely Nights
Charlie Musselwhite
5:19
3
Cha Cha The Blues
Charlie Musselwhite
3:11
4
Christo Redemptor
Charlie Musselwhite
3:20
5
Help Me
Charlie Musselwhite
3:30
6
Chicken Shack
Charlie Musselwhite
4:17
7
Strange Land
Charlie Musselwhite
2:59
8
39Th And Indiana
Charlie Musselwhite
4:10
9
My Baby
Charlie Musselwhite
2:42
10
Early In The Morning
Charlie Musselwhite
4:35
11
4 P.M.
Charlie Musselwhite
3:14
12
Sad Day
Charlie Musselwhite
5:00
Released 01 January 2006, ℗ 2006 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

Review

Vanguard may have spelled his name wrong (he prefers Charlie or Charles), but the word was out as soon as this solo debut was released: here was a harpist every bit as authentic, as emotional, and in some ways as adventuresome, as Paul Butterfield. Similarly leading a Chicago band with a veteran black rhythm section (Fred Below on drums, Bob Anderson on bass) and rock-influenced soloists (keyboardist Barry Goldberg, guitarist Harvey Mandel), Musselwhite played with a depth that belied his age -- only 22 when this was cut! His gruff vocals were considerably more affected than they would become later (clearer, more relaxed), but his renditions of "Help Me," "Early in the Morning," and his own "Strange Land" stand the test of time. He let his harmonica speak even more authoritatively on instrumentals like "39th and Indiana" (essentially "It Hurts Me Too" sans lyrics) and "Cha Cha the Blues," and his version of jazz arranger Duke Pearson's gospel-tinged "Cristo Redemptor" has become his signature song -- associated with Musselwhite probably more so than with trumpeter Donald Byrd, who originally recorded the song for Blue Note. Goldberg is in fine form (particularly on organ), but Mandel's snakey, stuttering style really stands out -- notably on "Help Me," his quirky original "4 P.M.," and "Chicken Shack," where he truly makes you think your record is skipping. ~ Dan Forte