Classic Rock

Positively Beale Street

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Provogue, 1997

By the late 90s, Trout was a titan in Europe but a pipsqueak on his home turf, the bluesman bemoaning a long line of US record labels who bluntly told him: “We don’t give a shit, leave us alone”. Positively Beale Street changed everything. Recorded in Memphis, at the fabled Beale Street Studios, this was a whistlesto­p tour of all Uncle Sam’s most seminal genres, from the late-night blues of Marie’s Mood to the falsetto-led R&B of Song For A Wanderer – and it was fitting when this became the bluesman’s first album to infiltrate Stateside record shops (retitled as Walter Trout).

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