Review: Elvin Bishop – Raisin’ Hell Revue

Posted on: Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011

Elvin Bishop Raisin Hell Revue Cover

“Raisin’ Hell Revue”
(Delta Groove Music DGPCD144)

Recorded live on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise 2010, this album comprises lively performances from a splendid array of blues stars under the avuncular guidance of Elvin Bishop. Guitarist Bishop rose to prominence as a founder member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early 1960s, being joined a couple of years later by the equally acclaimed guitar slinger Mike Bloomfield.

The album opens with all hands on deck on the Bo Diddley-rhythmed “Callin’ All Cows” before Finis Tasby takes lead vocals on the Elmore James-styled “Whole Lotta Lovin’”. John Nemeth provides great vocals on “Fooled Around And Fell In Love”, which had been a substantial hit for Elvin Bishop in the 1970s. The mic is passed to Bishop on the catchy “What the Hell Is Going On?” before Nemeth returns to centre stage for a fine version of Ray Charles’s “The Night Time Is the Right Time”, with the added bonus of some striking backing vocals from Lisa Leu Andersen.

Jimmy Reed’s “Down In Virginia” welcomes Finis Tasby back on lead vocals, with Nemeth adding some lovely harp and Bishop wading in on slide guitar. “Rock My Soul” delivers a touch of gospel with a generous sprinkling of hallelujas and a smattering of wah-wah guitar while the blues/soul “Cryin’ Fool” features Terry Hanck on vocals and tenor sax and the slow blues, “River’s Invitation”, benefits from a tasty helping of tinkling piano from Steve Willis.

After a three-minute introduction discussing the over-hyped fears over swine flu’ and his friendship with Albert Collins, Bishop produces a terrific version of Collins’s “Dyin’ Flu”, complete with a terrific guitar solo uncannily in the style of his soul mate. John Nemeth reappears with a cracking version of Chuck Berry’s “Tore Up Over You”, followed by Finis Tasby’s final contribution with an excellent rendition of “It Hurts Me Too”. The enjoyable selection is completed with “Bye Bye Baby” with the exuberant Nemeth back on vocals and Elvin Bishop and Chris ‘Kid’ Andersen sharing lead guitar duties with abundant flair – as they do throughout the album.

Elvin Bishop’s Website
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Lionel Ross

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