If you’re looking for a Gun Club record, you may be disappointed by Ramblin’ Jeffrey Lee. As Cypress Grove, Jeffrey’s collaborator on Ramblin’ Jeffrey Lee, points out in the liner notes—Ramblin’ Jeffrey Lee enters into vanity record territory. Instead of his usual blues-punk hybrid, Jeffrey performs straight blues interpretations on Ramblin’ Jeffrey Lee, covering songs by Howlin’ Wolf, Skip James, Charley Patton, and Don Nix (“Goin’ Down”). Jeffrey was at his musical peak when this album was recorded (1992), and his desire to do a blues record was a reflection of his reverence for the genre that gave him a career. If you’re a seasoned Gun Club fan, this reissue is an absolute must; Jeffrey’s version of “Go Tell the Mountain” is worth the price of admission alone. Bang! did a great job with the packaging (double LP gatefold).
–ryan (Bang!, bang-records.net)