James SOLBERG Band – See That My Grave Is Kept Clean 1995

James SOLBERG Band – See That My Grave Is Kept Clean 1995


As a former sideman for the late Luther Allison, Solberg’s strong Allison influence is evident here. However he takes things one step further in his highly emotional, rich, overtone-saturated guitar playing. This fits perfectly with the somewhat minor key oriented set on “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean”. The Hammond B-3, expertly played by H Bomb Vegas, has a dominant role in this recording; in fact this represents some of the most tasteful blues organ on recorded CD. Solberg’s vcals are good but his powerful guitar and it’s interaction with the rest of the group, especially the B-3, are what makes this CD great. Highlights include the title cut and a fabulous rendition of the classic “St. James Infirmary”. Overall a very highly listenable and enjoyable CD
By Douglas K. Hawley.
Jim Solberg’s debut album See That My Grave is Kept Clean is a storming collection of hard-driving electric blues. Before he had the chance to make this record, Solberg perfected his trade by working as a sideman. Those years slinging a guitar paid off in spades, as this record demonstrates. There’s a maturity to his style, but there’s also unbridled energy — the combination is, at times, irresistable. The songs may be a little uneven, but there’s no denying that Solberg and his crack supporting band have made See That My Grave Is Kept Clean into something to remember.
By Thom Owens, All Music Guide.
Charlie Bingham- (Guitar),
Bruce McCabe- (Piano),
James Solberg- (Guitar), (Vocals),
Mike Vlahakis- (Piano).
01. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean 5:12
02. Cry for Me Baby 3:48
03. Let’s Straighten It Out 3:41
04. Somebody Give Me a Guitar 2:27
05. Everything’s Gonna Be Alright 3:23
06. Bad Love 6:54
07. Baby, When Ya Comin’ Back 3:24
08. St. James Infirmary 8:45
09. Man of Many Words 4:11
10. Ain’t Nobody’s Business 3:42
11. Snatch It Back and Hold It 3:44
12. Jimmy’s Blues 3:49

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