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Resurrection - Rude Dog's Greatest Hits

by Rude Dog

This "Greatest Hits" compilation consists 17 tracks of gut-bucket blues, spanning 6 different releases by Rude Dog from 2001-2006. Included in this album are 14 tracks never before released on the internet or in "legal" MP3 format.
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'm Ready
4:46 $0.99
2. They Call Me the Rude Dog
5:15 $0.99
3. Born Under Bad Sign (Rude Vocal Mix)
4:42 $0.99
4. Back Door Man
4:42 $0.99
5. The Dog Is In the House
3:10 $0.99
6. My Little Hampden Hon
3:24 $0.99
7. Phone Call From Leavenworth
4:38 $0.99
8. Standing With the Devil
1:45 $0.99
9. You Got To Move
3:51 $0.99
10. Prodigal Son (EP Version)
3:51 $0.99
11. River Runs Deep
3:45 $0.99
12. I'll Play the Blues For You
4:50 $0.99
13. Dirty Lipstick (Studio Version)
5:18 $0.99
14. Love In Vain (EP Version)
4:16 $0.99
15. Gallis Pole (Radio Mix)
6:09 $0.99
16. Crab Town Crawl (Not Really Live Mix)
4:30 $0.99
17. Shake Your Hips (Live)
6:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
A fixture in Baltimore's "Live Blues Music Scene" since 1998, Rude Dog is proud to present, "RESURRECTION - Rude Dog's Greatest Hits." The album is "Certified Rusty Nickel" with well UNDER one million copies sold (but we keep trying).

This compilation features 7 tracks from Rude Dog’s debut CD, “The Dog Is In The House, which was released in 2001 and is now out of print. They include; I’m Ready, They Call Me The Rude Dog, Crab Town Crawl, Dirty Lipstick, The Dog Is In The House and the previously unreleased Radio Edit version of Gallis Pole (Hangman’s Blues).

2003’s “Baltimore on Tap” release featured 12 of Baltimore’s Best Blues Bands. It began with some of the basic rhythm tracks leftover from Rude’s previous album. Born Under A Bad Sign was cobbled together and made into a rhythm loop with guitar and organ overdubbed and originally given to another singer. This early Rude vocal mix recorded in 2002 was previously unreleased.

At the same time Rude was producing other musicians for “Baltimore on Tap” he began recording tracks for a new album. “Prodigal Son” was a Limited Edition EP released in December of 2003 with tracks completed at that time. Phone Call From Leavenworth, Standing With The Devil and the original version of Prodigal Son were part of this 5 song EP that is now out of print.

By August of 2004, Rude was finally ready to release, “Baptism In Blue.” The 14 track collection of classic blues tunes was Rude’s tribute to to the rocker’s “who,” in Rude’s own words, “...brought me down to the water and baptized me in the blues.” Featured here are Back Door Man, You Got To Move and River Runs Deep.

In September of 2004, Rude’s band was set to record “Live Cat’s Eye,” at Baltimore’s infamous blues joint. But as often happens at “The Cat,” other musicians stopped by and sat in. It ended up as a “Live” follow-up to the “Baltimore On Tap” release. Shake Your Hips features Automatic Slim on guitar, and the late “Lazy” Lenny on harp, sitting in with Rude’s band.

With four years of recording and production under his belt, Rude had some leftover tracks and out-takes in the vault. He brought his old harp player to do some over-dubs and the result was a 5 song Limited Edition EP entitled, “My Little Hampden Hon (2005). Included with the title track is the original vocal take of Love In Vain from 2001’s “The Dog is In The House” CD with Dave Gofreed on harp.

A Review of "Resurrection" Rude Dog's Greatest Hits

First off, I need to make this clear, I don’t play blues music at home. I love it LIVE. Who wouldn’t after one fateful night I spent in Atlanta watching rather staid and primly dressed business women transformed into a wanton, marginally dressed, sexual whirling dervishes, thanks to the fine musical efforts of the blues band that made all that happen from the stage with just their music. However, I choose not to listen to it from a recorded source as a general rule.

I do listen to Rude Dog’s “Resurrection.” I listen to it a lot. I even had some friends listen to it in a car at my behest because I wondered what was going on….they loved it and the volume was never turned down while it played. This begs the question, why? The best I can do to answer that is say that the songs are all very different from each other. To me, most blues records sound all too similar by the time they finish.

Rude has sifted through old chestnuts like a music paleontologist, and added original material that is unique and provocative. The songs on this compilation are from Rude Dog’s six previous releases. The styles are decidedly different, almost from track to track. The musicianship is exemplary and somehow, most of it sounds live, even though I believe only one song actually is. It just has that energy. Most of the songs have surprises tucked away to keep your interest, it might be the sudden appearance of a kazoo, or wondering if Rude Dog just switched to a megaphone half way across the room from the mic. Then you hear a prison door lock and feet shuffling away, or a blistering song full of electric guitar noise that gives way to acoustic strumming.

There you go...I don’t play blues albums but I play “Resurrection” and I think you would too.

M. Maysick
Kent County Observer

Another Great Review...

For those not familiar with the term, Lagniappe is a Louisiana French term for a little something extra. Well today’s blog is just that. Rudy “Rude Dog” Strukoff’s latest CD, Resurrection is a compilation of previous recordings. Those of you who have caught Rudy live around Fells’ Point know the vibrancy of this live show. This CD translates that energy onto the disc.

Doggone Good

"Blues is a natural fact, it's something that a fellow lives." - Big Bill Broonzy

Rudy "Rude Dog" Strukoff knows the Blues, plays the Blues, lives the Blues. The music's innate excitement and soul should be heard live. But Rude Dog's latest CD, Resurrection, captures the art form's essence and vitality.

This collection of previous recordings, many no longer available, shows not only the breadth of the blues, but the range of Rude Dog's talent.

Huddie Ledbetter's "Gallis Pole" and Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain" display Rudy's grasp of traditional blues. "I'm Ready" and "Back Door Man" pay homage to Chicago and "Born Under A Bad Sign" adds some Memphis spice.

Strukoff's unique style augments the selection with a half-dozen originals. "They Call Me the Rude Dog" highlights his sense of humor, and Baltimore's local color surfaces in "My Little Hampden Hon."

This CD's a keeper. Resurrection displays not only Rude Dog's outstanding technique, but his fervor for the music. That's a natural fact.

- As ever BB



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