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Paul Gilbert & Jimi Kidd

Paul Gilbert & Jimi Kidd - Raw Blues Power - 2002 - Blues Bureau International

In the album notes, Paul Gilbert writes: "My uncle Jimi was a legend of my youth. He lived in Chicago and played fantastic guitar in a variety of rock and blues bands. I lived in a farm house in rural Pennsylvania, so a visit from Jimi was a rare and wonderful thing. When I was 10 years old, he showed me how to mute the strings with my right hand, and how to play the riff in 'Whole Lotta Love'. He also showed me how to use a fuzz-tone and how to control feedback. But most importantly, I got to see him play. I was taking guitar lessons at the time and Jimi was about a million times better than my teacher. Jimi had great vibrato, killer tone and a deep musical sense that came out in every note. Seeing and hearing him play close up was enormously inspiring. Jamming with my uncle is now an incredible experience. We have similarities in our approach to guitar that can only be explained by genetics! At the same time we have pursued different styles for the last 20 years. Jimi has a huge and natural vocabulary of blues and slide guitar, while I followed my teenage passion for heavy metal. On Raw Blues Power we wanted to write and play songs that allowed our styles to meet. Not a compromise, but a trip to a new place that neither of us have gone before! After four days of wild string bending, screaming into microphones and losing a few more decibels of our hearing, I think we got there. So crank up the volume and let Jimi and me take you to our musical family reunion in Las Vegas in the summertime. Kick out the jams brothers and sisters (and nephews and uncles)!" © 1996-2014, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raw-Blues-Power-Paul-Gilbert/dp/B00005UOH4

There was almost certainly a lot of lip-pooching going on at the sessions for Raw Blues Power, which teams shred virtuoso Paul Gilbert with his uncle and childhood hero, Jimi Kidd, for a disc of blues-rock. The results certainly sound nothing like anything resembling traditional blues, instead gravitating more toward the late 20th century bastardization of the genre as a platform for fast playing. Accepting that as a genre of its own, Raw Blues Power contains some fine dual playing from Gilbert and Kidd. The songs are mostly interchangeable and veer toward power pop at times (such as the anthemic "Freedom"). For Gilbert, late of Mr. Big, the project is surely a step in an interesting -- or at least new -- direction. The record doesn't necessarily push in bold new directions, but it's well played, well produced, and the musicians are clearly having a good time at the gig. © Jesse Jarnow © 2014 AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/raw-blues-power-mw0000214649

What happens when you pair Racer X/Mr. Big shed master Paul Gilbert with a classic rock/blues guitarist like Jimi Kidd, well you get "Raw Blues Power", with the emphasis on "Power". There are no subtleties here, no shyness, little restraint and no delta blues or otherwise. What you get is gigawatts of testosterone elevating solos by two extremely talented guitarists. These guys are not from the school of minimalists. If it doesn't contain 120 notes per second, it's not worth playing. This is not Eric Clapton and B.B. King or Stevie Ray Vaughan and Albert King. This is Godzilla meets Rodan. Call it what you might, just don't call it "blues". Sit down, strap a seatbelt on, crank it up and blast off. – from ****/5 Pure Rock! By & © deepbluereview on August 30, 2002 © 1996-2014, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates http://www.amazon.com/Raw-Blues-Power-Paul-Gilbert/dp/B000060O1S

Raw Blues Power is a collaborative Blues rock album by guitarist Paul Gilbert and his uncle Jimi Kidd. Paul Gilbert has sold over three million records in the United States from from his fantastic work with Racer X, Mr. Big and as a solo artist. On "Raw Blues Power", Paul exhibits his diverse playing and writing styles with his uncle and Chicago blues legend Jimi Kidd. Paul returns to his blues rock roots in this great dual guitar showdown which is reminiscent of the days of 70's blues rockers Robin Trower, Johnny Winter and ZZ Top. A great blues rock free for all with some amazing jamming by two guitar greats. Listen to Paul Gilbert’s “King of Clubs” album [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 105 Mb]


1. Girls Watching - Paul Gilbert, Jimi Kidd 3:46
2. A 180 - Jimi Kidd 3:41
3. Pacific Coast Highway - Paul Gilbert 3:00
4. Good Foot - Kidd 6:29
5. 12 Days of the Blues - Gilbert, Kidd 3:50
6. Freedom - Kidd 3:54
7. Stranded - Gilbert 3:30
8. Play Guitar - Kidd 2:50
9. Sookie Sookie - Don Covay 3:09
10. Blues Power - Kidd 9:27


Paul Gilbert, Jimi Kidd - Guitar, Vocals
Mike Szuter - Bass guitar, Vocals
Johnny Fedevich - Drums, Vocals
Jeff Martin - Bongos, Vocals


Metal guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert was born November 6, 1966 in Carbondale, IL and raised primarily in Greenburg, PA; he began playing music at age five, and by age 15 was not only touring local clubs with his band Tau Zero but was even spotlighted in Guitar Player magazine alongside fellow up-and-comer Yngwie Malmsteen. In 1984 Gilbert relocated to Los Angeles to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology, becoming an instructor there the following year; concurrently he formed the band Electric Fence, which by 1986 evolved into Racer X. Their debut album Street Lethal appeared later that year, but in the wake of the follow-up, 1987's Second Heat, Gilbert exited to join Mr. Big, which in 1992 topped the pop charts with the ballad "To Be with You." Mr. Big disbanded in 1996, and a year later Gilbert made his solo debut with King of Clubs; Flying Dog followed in 1998, trailed by Beehive Live in 1999 and Alligator Farm in fall 2000. © Jason Ankeny © 2014 AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/paul-gilbert-mn0000747761/biography

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