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Otis Rush

and Friends - Live At Montreux 1986 DVD

Review by Gary Hill

If you are like me, when it comes to blues there is some that really stirs the soul and kicks pretty well, but a lot of the rest seems to just blur together. Well, this DVD does not contain any blurring. This performance by blues great Otis Rush is a killer. Oh, and I should mention the friends. Another blues legend, Luther Allison joins Rush for several songs and a gent by the name of Eric Clapton is also on (slow) hand for much of the performance. I may be insulting the rock gods with this comment, but I have to say that there are many times where I feel Clapton's work doesn't really inspire. This show is not one of those instances. In fact, the man is on fire here - both in terms of his guitar playing and his vocal performances. There are also a few points in the show where he takes part in some joint soloing, and the stage is just on fire with killer sounds. If you like blues, you'll love this. If you haven't gotten into blues, you should probably check it out. If you don't get into it, then the odds are the blues just aren't for you because it doesn't get much better than this!

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2006 Volume 2 at

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