R.L. Burnside – Mr Wizard [Repress] (LP, US)


17 March 1997 Fat Possum 80301-1
A1. Over The Hill
A2. Alice Mae
A3. Georgia Women
A4. Snake Drive

B1. Rollin’ & Tumblin’
B2. Out On The Road
B3. Highway 7
B4. Tribute to Fred
B5. You Gotta Move

VIEW:
NOTES:
This is the 180g repress of the original vinyl release with the same run-out groove engraving. Issued with foil sticker on cover (different design to the one on the reissue) and printed inner-sleeve, also released as a DigiPak CD and reissued on vinyl with download.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion perform on Alice Mae and Highway 7 which were recorded at Lunati Farms at the same time as the tracks for A Ass Pocket of Whiskey.

SONG CREDITS:
Assembled: Matthew Johnson
All songs published by Mockingbird Blues Publishing (BMI) except “Over The Hill” and “You Gotta Move”.

A1. Over The Hill
Guitar/Vocals: R.L. Burnside
Recorded: Bruce Watson at Burnside Palace, Setpember ’95
Run Time: 4:20

A2. Alice Mae
Guitar/Vocals: R.L. Burnside
Guitar: Kenny Brown
Guitar/Theramin: Jon Spencer
Guitar: Judah Bauer
Drums: Russell Simins
Recorded: Bruce Watson at Lunati Farms, February ’96
Run Time: 4:20

A3. Georgia Women
Guitar/Vocals: R.L. Burnside
Guitar: Kenny Brown
Drums: Cedric Burnside
Recorded: Bruce Watson at Lunati Farms, February ’96
Run Time: 4:20

A4. Snake Drive
Guitar/Vocals: R.L. Burnside
Guitar: Kenny Brown
Drums: Cedric Burnside
Recorded: Bruce Watson at Lunati Farms, February ’96
Run Time: 4:20

B1. Rollin’ & Tumblin’
Guitar/Vocals: R.L. Burnside
Guitar: Kenny Brown
Drums: Cedric Burnside
Recorded: Rob Schnapf & Tom Rothrock at Doug Messengers, N. Hollywood, CA, November ’96.
Run Time: 4:40

B2. Out On The Road
Guitar/Vocals: R.L. Burnside
Guitar: Kenny Brown
Drums: Cedric Burnside
Recorded: Robbie Norris at Junior Kimbrough’s Juke Joint, Chulahoma, MS, September ’94
Run Time: 4:40

B3. Highway 7
Guitar/Vocals: R.L. Burnside
Guitar: Kenny Brown
Guitar/Theramin: Jon Spencer
Guitar: Judah Bauer
Drums: Russell Simins
Recorded: Bruce Watson at Lunati Farms, February ’96
Run Time: 4:40

B4. Tribute to Fred
Guitar/Vocals: R.L. Burnside
Guitar: Kenny Brown
Drums: Cedric Burnside
Recorded: Robbie Norris at Jimmy’s Auto Care, Oxford MS, February ’95
Run Time: 4:40

B5. You Gotta Move
Guitar/Vocals: R.L. Burnside
Recorded: Bruce Watson at Burnside Palace, Setpember ’95
Run Time: 4:40

SLEEVE NOTES:
“Aren’t they some nice ones. God, they look like an elite unit of Vietnam tunnel crawlers who refused to leave the booby-trapped caves of a war-torn jungle. What is this? The heart of darkness gone bad in a Chevrolet can with captain’s chairs. Cedric Jackson, the youngest of the trio, is R.L.’s grandson. He won’t stop rapping along to the Dr. Dre tape playing through his headphones unless he’s on stage drumming for ‘Big Daddy’. Oo wee, Cedric likes them girls on the road. Kenny Brown, whom some call R.L.’s only white son, is just 25 years older than Cedric and 30 years younger than R.L. Kenny Brown – a man among men, stuffed into a pair of black leather pants, shades on, and long yellow hair just a blowin’ in the wind. The van they ride is Kenny’s. Mauve interior and venetian blides, baby. Kenny Brown – an expert on UFO’s and teh undisputed world renowned expert on slide guitar warfare – is responsible for everything and nothing, at the exact same time. It doesn’t matter the name you know him by, he goes by many: Rule, The Reverend, R.L. or Mr Wizard. It’s him who guides the Cevrolet van towards disaster. Of course he’s tired and cranky, works half drunk; How else can one attempt to do the work of an earthquake alone? Things go wrong wherever R.L. goes – little thinghs like amps exploding, and big things like train wrecks – and they don’t stop until he’s gone. These things aren’t coincidental. They take a lot of work and the Wizard deserves the credit. As with all wizards, the older he gets the more disaster he needs around him so he can, y’know, feel good about himself and relax. That’s why R.L. commands his disciples to carry hum around the world ten times over, in a row and back to back, for the luxury of being able to raise his head out of the top of the custom van, wizard hat flapping, and smile at a tornado on the horizon. R.L. gets tired easily these days and welcomes a tornado’s help in finishing the job he started. Tidal waves, volcanos, and yes, even wars – they are all his buddies. From town to town, country to country, they move on with a consistent beat, guitars, yelling and screaming with the voice of God, and the Wizard sitting on a chair of skulls with any old guitar and moaning, “well, well, well,” at a bewildered audience.”
DETAILS:
ARTWORK:
Cover Art: Derek Hess
Layout/Design: Con Art

BARCODE: 0 4577-80301-1 8

RUN-OUT GROOVE ENGRAVING:
A: “L-17033M-A FP-80301-1-A”
B: “L-17033M-B FP-80301-1-B W61NRP (n)”

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