From the opening I Got the Blues, through the closing Jump the Joint, Bridges’
Bridges vocals recall Sam Cooke as readily apparent on Movin’ and Groovin’, which Cooke wrote with Lou Rawls as well as Rome Wasn’t Built in A Day, that Johnnie Taylor originally recorded for Cooke’s SAR label. It is not a matter of imitating Cooke as the fact his voice is similar.
The album provides a nice and representative overview of Bridges’ blues including the hot Giving Up On Love; his homage to the working folk on Real Hero with its Hootchie Kootchie Man based melody; Bluesman with its incorporation of the Isley Brothers’ Fight The Power groove; the James Brown influenced funk of I Know That You Love Me on which the band members all take solos; and the closing Jump the Joint, that concludes this superb live recording of a considerably underrated blues artist.
Here is a video of Hideaway Bridges performing.