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You Never Had These Blues

by Joe Survival Caruso

This live recording flows effortlessly from New Orleans Big City Blues to Deep in the Swamp Delta Blues to R&B and back again, reflecting the Artist's decades of life experiences; pain, disillusionment, passion, betrayal and love. It's the BLUES!
Genre: Blues: New Orleans Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. See You in the Mornin’ (Live)
6:05 $1.20
2. You Never Had These Blues (Live)
5:18 $1.20
3. Yearnin’ and Burnin’ (Live)
4:43 $1.20
4. Waitin’ On Love (Live)
5:26 $1.20
5. Standin’ On Solid Ground (Live)
4:32 $1.20
6. Thunder and Lightin’ (Live)
4:40 $1.20
7. You Belong to Him (Live)
5:20 $1.20
8. Things Ain’t Been the Same (Live)
5:47 $1.20
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Album Notes
Press for Joe Survival Caruso - YOU NEVER HAD THESE BLUES - Joe Survival Caruso – You Never Had These Blues – CD Review - 11/22/2015
Lakehouse Records
When you hail from New Orleans, the term “survival” isn’t used lightly.
Among musicians, the survival instinct also is a notion that inspires respect.
So it’s fitting that Central Florida blues practitioner Joe “Survival” Caruso has adopted the word into his name. It’s more than a nickname to a veteran bandleader and New Orleans native who not only managed to miss Hurricane Katrina’s wrath in his hometown, but also has built a reputation as one of the most solid bluesmen in the Southeast.
It takes work to build such high regard. Long nights on stages at cozy watering holes such as Orlando Brewing, where the eight songs on Caruso’s new live album, “You Never Had These Blues,” were recorded on one memorable, if rainy, night.
“I gotta play these blues and make some money,” Caruso declares in “See You in the Mornin’,” the breezy shuffle that opens the album.
As that song’s hard-driving beat indicates, Caruso favors a straight-ahead foundation that showcases the understated power of bassist Auggie August and drummer/producer - Reno Mussatto. It’s a winning strategy.
Augmented by guitarist Herb Ransburg, the band embraces the Mississippi Delta with the greasy “Thunder and Lightnin’.” And the insistent bass and drums on the closing “Things Ain’t Been the Same” would have fit nicely on one of the definitive singles of the Chess Records era.
Elsewhere, Caruso mines other reliable influences with style:
With its catchy two-chord riff, “Waitin’ On Love” exudes the energy of a seminal Motown hit.
Meanwhile, the title track simmers, rather than steams, above a shimmering guitar part that might be the missing link between blues and jazz. On the frisky “Yearnin’ and Burnin’,” Caruso nudges the music toward funk, a destination that he reaches on “Standin’ on Solid Ground.”
Along the way, Caruso shows a knack for catchy melodies, such as the big, sunny chorus in “You Belong to Him.” It’s a sad song, yes, about a guy whose woman left him. Yet the street-corner doo-wop chorus is utterly joyous, even in the face of such news.
There’s no doubt that the guy will survive, just like Joe Caruso and the blues.
Jim Abbott - (Freelance writer Jim Abbott was the longtime music critic at the Orlando Sentinel, where he covered music and entertainment beats for more than two decades.)



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Ross Moore

You Never Had These Blues
I'm normally not a fan of live recordings , but , this one caught the feeling of a live show without the typical background noise and chatter. I have a couple of Joe's earlier cd's and have seen him numerous times in concert so it's no new revelation , to me , that Joe is an accomplished and versatile guitar player , the music on this cd covered a lot of styles and it is very well recorded. I've listened to it probably 10 times now and have a hard time picking a favorite song , however the title song seems to keep coming to the top. Great job Joe Caruso , Reno Mussatto ( Lakehouse Records ) and Chris Short ( Alpaca Ranch Recording ) !


Joe gets Better and Better
Although I really loved Joe's last album, I Gotta Tell Somebody, this one knocks my socks off! The energy of this live performance is intense, the vocals are passionate and the songs are more musically interesting. The shuffle on track 8 is my favorite. Makes me want to drive too fast.