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Rose, Jack – “Self-Titled ” – [Tequila Sunrise]

ArtCrimes   7/3/2008   A Library, CD

A CD reissue of Rose’s out-of-print vinyl release from 2006, “Jack Rose”. but referred to here matter-of-factly as “Self-Titled”, this solo effort is a good overview of his interests, as he tackles some blues-based tracks and also explores his Fahey-esque side on the lengthy “Spirits in the House”. Like Fahey, Rose favors the mystical side of early bluesmen, such as the Blind Willie Johnson classic “Dark Was the Night” (also featured on Rose’s 7″ release for the “Sacred Harp” label under his alter ego, “Dr. Ragtime”, as well as on his full length “Red Horse, White Mule”, from a few years ago, so this is a track near and dear to his heart.). But he also finds value in the purer blues forms, as in “St. Louis Blues”, a tune that wasn’t crying out for another version but benefits here from Rose’s approach.

This reissue is packaged by Tequila Sunrise as a 2 disc set with another Rose reissue previously on vinyl only, “Dr. Ragtime and His Pals”.

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