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  Robben Ford & the Blue Line
Mystic Mile
Stretch - 1993
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Review Published August 1, 2000

Credits/Sound Clips
Track Listing
  1. He Don't Play Nothin' But The Blues
  2. Busted Up
  3. Politician
  4. Worried Life Blues
  5. Misdirected Blues
  6. Moth To A Flame
  7. Trying To Do The Right Thing
  8. Say What's On Your Mind
  9. The Plunge
  10. Mystic Mile
EB Rating - 4.5
    This CD features blues-rock with a twist. Robben Ford plays a smooth style of blues, colored with shades of jazz fusion. OK, I admit I had to do some research to come up with that description. I don't actually hear anything I recognize as jazz on this CD, but Robben's style is definitely a bit to the left of mainstream blues-rock, and very distinctive. This isn't road house stuff powered by heavy distortion and blazing riffs. It's smooth and stylish electric blues.
    That's not to say that there aren't any impressive guitar solos. Most songs do in fact feature very nicely done guitar leads. While the leads are not barn burners, they are certainly not wimpy, either. Robben is an excellent guitarist, and if you're a guitar fan his playing will definitely get your attention. Using loose definitions, the CD consists of six blues-rock/funk songs, one blues cut, and three soft ballad type melodies. I'm not much of a fan of quite songs, and the ballad type songs are kinda bunched up together at the end, weakening the last half of the CD somewhat. But the ballads are all nice, melodic songs, and do not result in a major negative impact. Those who are more favorable of melodic ballads will likely consider this a plus, not a minus.
    Seven of the ten songs are originals, 3 of which are among my favorites from the disc. "He Don't Play Nothin' But The Blues", "Misdirected Blues", and the instrumental "The Plunge" are all excellent upbeat blues-rock type songs. Also excellent are covers of Cream's "Politician" and the widely popular "Worried Life Blues".
    I have about half of Robben's releases, and of those I have Mystic Mile is the most blues-rock oriented. If you have heard some of his other releases and liked some of what you heard but felt the music overall was too soft or inconsistent, I recommend you give this one a try. It has a bit more blues-rock bite. It would also be a good choice for those wanting to own only one Robben Ford CD. With it's unusual combination of smooth style and fusion blues-rock, The CD should appeal to blues-rock guitar fans as well as blues fans who don't particularly care for heavy handed, over-zealous guitar players, since it falls somewhere between those two boundries.

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