Blues Is Alright, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
There was clearly some serious care taken with this CD, at least as far as the track selection and the careful use of masters. Subtitled "Greatest Hits," this third in a four-volume series mostly lives up to that title and then some -- it's also the most generously programmed of the four, with a full 16 tracks. Opening with Bobby "Blue" Bland's soulful, soaring "Get Your Money Where You Spend Your Time," the collection lofts from there into several different directions, from Z.Z. Hill's rougher, more retro-oriented "Open House at My House" through to Latimore's smoother, more pop-focused "Sunshine Lady" a track so pretty that it's almost worth the price of the CD by itself, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
There was clearly some serious care taken with this CD, at least as far as the track selection and the careful use of masters. Subtitled "Greatest Hits," this third in a four-volume series mostly lives up to that title and then some -- it's also the most generously programmed of the four, with a full 16 tracks. Opening with Bobby "Blue" Bland's soulful, soaring "Get Your Money Where You Spend Your Time," the collection lofts from there into several different directions, from Z.Z. Hill's rougher, more retro-oriented "Open House at My House" through to Latimore's smoother, more pop-focused "Sunshine Lady" a track so pretty that it's almost worth the price of the CD by itself, Little Milton's bluesy "Annie Mae's Cafe," and Johnnie Taylor's gospel-flavored "I Found a Love." Of course, a lot of people, and even most novice listeners, will already have tracks like B.B. King's "Sweet Little Angel" in their collections it's only on about 100 different releases, but for the casual listener or those not already immersed in soul-blues, this is a fine collection, and doubly so given the excellent sound. And given the latter, one would think the makers would have paid at least some attention to the packaging as well -- which points to the major flaw in this CD, the total absence of any annotation, or even of release dates, original labels, etc. It's still a great listen, more than once, but it's also a missed opportunity to say something about the music and, especially, some of the less well-remembered figures represented here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Malaco Records
  • UPC: 048021744923
  • Catalog Number: 7449
  • Sales rank: 63,488

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Your Money Where You Spend Your Time (3:45)
  2. 2 Open House at My House (4:48)
  3. 3 Sunshine Lady (4:11)
  4. 4 I Found a Love - Johnnie Taylor (4:35)
  5. 5 Annie Mae's Cafe (5:05)
  6. 6 Steal Away - Ted Taylor (2:47)
  7. 7 Something Is Going Wrong - Johnnie Taylor (4:33)
  8. 8 Big Boss Man (2:47)
  9. 9 It Be's That Way Sometimes (8:35)
  10. 10 Sunday Morning Love (5:46)
  11. 11 Sweet Little Angel (3:45)
  12. 12 Down Home Blues (5:10)
  13. 13 The End of the Rainbow (3:33)
  14. 14 The Blues Is Alright (4:12)
  15. 15 Your Husband Is Cheatin' on Us (4:33)
  16. 16 Misty Blue (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby "Blue" Bland Track Performer
Z.Z. Hill Track Performer
Jimmy Reed Track Performer
Latimore Track Performer
Dorothy Moore Track Performer
Johnnie Taylor Track Performer
Denise LaSalle Track Performer
Ted Taylor Track Performer
McKinley Mitchell Track Performer
Little Milton Track Performer
B.B. King Track Performer
Technical Credits
Tommy Tate Composer
Tom Easley Engineer
B.B. King Composer
Robert West Composer
James "Cookie" Palmer Composer
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