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Tommy Emmanuel Live, Disc 2 Thoughts

by Larry

I asked in my last post if the statement, “This is acoustic music in your face”, was a warning or a prediction.  Still not sure which one it was but CD 2 was in my face and  Tommy got a little bit of help from Bob Littell on Harmonica.


  • The mix: I know I said this in the last post but it’s so good and really makes the CD’s an experience to listen to.
  • Working Man’s Blues:  Good old fashioned blues with Littell on the harmonica.  They played off each other well and had a nice little jam going at one point.  I’m not a huge fan of the harmonica but this was truly impressive.
  • Morning Aire:  Beautiful song.  I don’t know if there is more I can say.
  • Initiation:  Tommy Does a long version of this where he’s really working the delay but in the end there’s a point where you could tell he just releases and lets the music take over.  “Primal Guitar” as Michael Hedges used to say.
  • Questions:  Last track on the CD and all I would write down in my notes was, “Wow!”

Any “lowlights?”  For me, I would say too much harmonica.   The first four tracks felt like they were Tommy featuring Littell.   There was great guitar in those tracks but the harmonica seemed to butt in like a third wheel at times.  My thoughts were, “I bought this CD for Tommy Emmanuel, not the harmonica.”  As I said before, I’m not the biggest fan of the instrument.  Great playing and I have a great respect for Littell’s playing but it was too much for me.

Final Thought:

Once again, if you don’t have it get it!  If you are still wondering and waiting, get it anyway.  You won’t be disappointed.  Can’t wait for the DVD!

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1 comment

Roscoe (On The Short-Scale) May 18, 2008 - 11:19 am

Per your advise, I HAD to GRAB THIS!! Agreed, a bit too much Harp… However, I think I saw GOD during “Initiation..”


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