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No Mercy

Bernard Allison

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When it comes to the blues, it seems like there are two different camps -- those who are staunch authentic blues enthusiasts, and those who like their blues amped up with a decidedly rock approach. On his 1996 live release, No Mercy, singer/guitarist Bernard Allison certainly falls under the latter category. As with the majority of modern-day blues-rockers, Allison focuses mostly on covers of vintage blues tunes, with the odd original (or more accurately, one lone original -- "Next Generation") thrown in for good measure. With Allison backed by a group of studio pros, No Mercy captures blues at its most well-honed -- the complete opposite of the grittiness of the original bluesmen -- especially on such tracks as the album-opening "Rock Me Baby" and "Breakin' Up Somebody's Home." Also included are a pair of tributes to Bernard's father, Luther Allison ("Change Your Way of Living" and "Help") as well as a reading of "Tin Pan Alley," which is very reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan's version (on his classic Couldn't Stand the Weather release). If you're an admirer of modern-day blues-rock, then No Mercy is certainly worth a spin.
© Greg Prato /TiVo

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1
Rock Me Baby
00:07:30

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - B. B. King, Composer, Lyricist - Bernard Allison, MainArtist

1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG 1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG

2
Don't Go To Sleep On Me
00:04:24

Lonnie Brooks, Composer, Lyricist - Bernard Allison, MainArtist - Traffic Music, Bmi, MusicPublisher

1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG 1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG

3
Break'in Up Somebody' Home
00:04:59

Bernard Allison, MainArtist - Jackson Matthews, Composer, Lyricist - Paice Music Co Ldt, MusicPublisher

1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG 1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG

4
Change Your Way Of Living
00:03:50

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Luther Allison, Composer, Lyricist - Bernard Allison, MainArtist

1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG 1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG

5
Driven Wheel
00:08:27

Bernard Allison, MainArtist - Rooselvelt Sykes, Composer, Lyricist - Prestige Musicv Bmi, MusicPublisher

1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG 1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG

6
Next Generation
00:05:32

Franck Biraghi, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Bernard Allison, MainArtist

1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG 1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG

7
Boo Boo's Boogie
00:01:20

Jimmy Reed, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Bernard Allison, MainArtist

1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG 1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG

8
Tin Pan Alley
00:13:23

Jimmy Reed, Composer, Lyricist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Bernard Allison, MainArtist

1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG 1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG

9
Help
00:05:12

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Bernard Allison, MainArtist - Luther Allison, Michel Carras, Composer, Lyricist

1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG 1994 in-akustik GmbH & Co. KG

Album Description

When it comes to the blues, it seems like there are two different camps -- those who are staunch authentic blues enthusiasts, and those who like their blues amped up with a decidedly rock approach. On his 1996 live release, No Mercy, singer/guitarist Bernard Allison certainly falls under the latter category. As with the majority of modern-day blues-rockers, Allison focuses mostly on covers of vintage blues tunes, with the odd original (or more accurately, one lone original -- "Next Generation") thrown in for good measure. With Allison backed by a group of studio pros, No Mercy captures blues at its most well-honed -- the complete opposite of the grittiness of the original bluesmen -- especially on such tracks as the album-opening "Rock Me Baby" and "Breakin' Up Somebody's Home." Also included are a pair of tributes to Bernard's father, Luther Allison ("Change Your Way of Living" and "Help") as well as a reading of "Tin Pan Alley," which is very reminiscent of Stevie Ray Vaughan's version (on his classic Couldn't Stand the Weather release). If you're an admirer of modern-day blues-rock, then No Mercy is certainly worth a spin.
© Greg Prato /TiVo

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