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Classic Album Review: David Gogo | Halfway to Memphis

The B.C. blues-rocker knows how to hit that long lunar note … and let it float.

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This came out in 2001 — or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Anybody who covers Captain Beefheart automatically gets one star from me.

Anybody who does a half-decent job of it — as Nanaimo blues singer-guitarist David Gogo does with his chugging version of the Captain’s intricately syncopated Click Clack — gets two stars. Anybody who makes a habit of covering Beefheart (previously Gogo tackled Crazy Little Thing) and can also handle tracks by Willie Nelson (a smoky version of Nightlife) and James Brown (a too-soulful-for-a-white-boy-from-B.C. version of This Is A Man’s World) along with the likes of Muddy Waters (Louisiana Blues, Rollin’ and Tumblin’) and Howlin’ Wolf (Commit A Crime, Smokestack Lightnin’) gets another star. And for an extra half? Well, as the Captain might say, he knows how to hit that long lunar note … and let it float.