Home  |  Audio Reviews  Audiophile Shows Partner Mags  News     

Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine

David Honeyboy Edwards
Shake 'Em On Down

By Steven R. Rochlin
Click here to e-mail reviewer

David Honeyboy Edwards   Shake 'Em On Down

Compact Disc Stock Number: Vinyl
LP = AAPO 2010
CD = CAPO 2010
DVD = CAPOD 2010

  Frankly, i am not sure of my own qualifications to review such a legend in our own time (is anyone?). David "Honeyboy" Williams, age 84, grew up in the Mississippi Delta. He received his first guitar in 1929, a Sears Silvertone if you must know, from his father as a gift and has been playing ever since. Honeyboy can play and sing those Delta blues just like other legends such as Muddy Waters and Charlie Patton. When i first saw Honeyboy in concert in sweet home Chicago. In fact this was the best concert i had experienced in quite some time. When Honeyboy plays and sings, you can tell it is coming from his soul. Great stories about life, death and riding the great trains. It is rare moments such as these that make my love of music feel so rewarding.

Chad Kassem, the head honcho behind Acoustic Sounds, Analogue Productions, Blue Heaven Studio and Acoustech Mastering/Electronics has brought us many great blues legends such as Jimmy Rogers. The music, while recoded to audiophile standards, cries out to a much larger audience. In fact in 1995 the Jimmy Rogers Blue Bird album won the W.C. Handy Traditional Blues Album of Year! The point i am trying to make here is that you need not be an audiophile to appreciate the incredible music contained within this recording. While Shake Em On Down is available on CD and top quality 180 gram vinyl, you can also see the performance live while it happened on high resolution DVD!

i am not sure if i should talk about each individual song or simply say that to hear this album is to experience many truly legendary performances. On the CD and DVD you get a great 13+ minute impromptu interview where Honeyboy talks about various subjects ranging from receiving his very first guitar in 1929 to great stories about Muddy Waters. Honeyboy always seems to be capable of captivating his audience with a great side guitar style and down home vocals. Four songs on this fourteen song album feature just Honeyboy, while the others also include duets or trios with Madison Slim on the Harmonica and/or Jimmy D. Lane on acoustic guitar. This is a 100% acoustic album fit for a king!

Recorded in Chad Kassem's own Blue Heaven Studio, all the usual top quality customized super tweaked audiophile gear was used to capture Honeyboy's performance. Yes, the vinyl sounds slightly better than the CD due to better microdynamics and presence. Maybe it is due to using different recording gear as Chad wisely chose to record in both pure analogue and also 24-bit/96 kHz. While the CD is very good, the DVD uses the full 24-bit/96 kHz master tape bits so all the better! i will not start getting into debates about if the DVD is better than the vinyl. Buy 'em both! The DVD, in fact, is not just the music like Classic Records DAD disc, but is the full motion video (and audio) of the actual recording studio performance! As for myself, i got the vinyl for ultimate analogue pleasure, the CD for my car, and DVD for those nights when i want to sit back and enjoy a celebrated "live" concert.


Enjoyment: 100+ (all formats)

Sound Quality: 95 (vinyl), 90 (CD), 95 (DVD) 

High Water Everywhere
Drop Down Mama
Monkey Face Woman
Shake 'Em On Down
Louise Louise Blues
Ponu Blues
Anna Lee
Standing On The Corner
West Memphis Blues
Bald Headed Woman
Bullfrog Blues
Lord I Got To Go 











































Quick Links

Audiophile Review Magazine
High-End Audio Equipment Reviews


Equipment Review Archives
Turntables, Cartridges, Etc
Digital Source
Do It Yourself (DIY)
Cables, Wires, Etc
Loudspeakers/ Monitors
Headphones, IEMs, Tweaks, Etc
Ultra High-End Audio Reviews


Enjoy the Music.TV


Editorials By Tom Lyle
Viewpoint By Roger Skoff
Viewpoint By Steven R. Rochlin
Various Think Pieces
Manufacturer Articles

Show Reports
Pacific Audio Fest 2022 Report
T.H.E. Show 2022 Report
HIGH END Munich 2022
AXPONA 2022 Show Report
CanJam Singapore 2022 Report
Salon Audio Montréal Audiofest 2022
Florida Audio Expo 2022
AudioCon Los Angeles 2022
Capital Audiofest 2021 Show
The HiFi Summit Q2 2021
T.H.E. Show 2021 Report
The HiFi Summit Q4 2020
The HiFi Summit Q2 2020
Bristol Hi-Fi Show Report 2020
Click here for previous shows.


Audiophile Contests
Cool Free Stuff For You
Tweaks For Your System
Vinyl Logos For LP Lovers
Lust Pages Visual Beauty


Resources & Information
Music Definitions
Hi-Fi Definitions


Daily Industry News

High-End Audio News & Information


Partner Print Magazines
Australian Hi-Fi Magazine
hi-fi+ Magazine
HiFi Media
Hi-Fi World
Sound Practices
The Absolute Sound
VALVE Magazine


For The Press & Industry
About Us
Press Releases
Official Site Graphics


Contests & Our Mailing List

Our free newsletter for monthly updates & enter our contests!




Home   |   Industry News   |   Equipment Reviews   |   Press Releases   |   About Us   |   Contact Us


All contents copyright©  1995 - 2022  HighEndAudio.com and Enjoy the Music.com®
May not be copied or reproduced without permission.  All rights reserved.