By Popular Demand

By Popular Demand

by Barbara Blue Blues Band
     
 
The British compilation By Popular Demand is essentially an expanded edition of Barbara Blue's Sell My Jewelry album, adding a few tracks from three of her other releases (Out of the Blue, Memphis 3rd & Beale, and Love Money Can't Buy). On the 12 songs that originally comprised the Sell My Jewelry album, Blue presented a gutsy

Overview

The British compilation By Popular Demand is essentially an expanded edition of Barbara Blue's Sell My Jewelry album, adding a few tracks from three of her other releases (Out of the Blue, Memphis 3rd & Beale, and Love Money Can't Buy). On the 12 songs that originally comprised the Sell My Jewelry album, Blue presented a gutsy set of soulful contemporary blues with the backing of Taj Mahal's Phantom Blues Band. There's nothing groundbreaking about Blue, the songs, or the arrangements, but she has a powerful throaty voice, often used on songs playing up to a "tough mama" persona. The band gives her able support that draws soul music influences into the blues context, using organ and horns as well as the staple guitar and rhythm section. Blue wrote a bit of the material, but most of it's devoted to songs by other writers, including Janis Joplin ("Turtle Blues"), Lucinda Williams ("Drunken Angel"), and Rod Piazza (co-writer of "Brought Together by the Blues"), though the other composers won't be familiar names to many listeners. While she often sings about not taking guff from guys, in truth she sounds as good-natured as she does angry, though that doesn't detract from the merit of the music. She also breaks up the gruffer stuff with a couple of serious emotional near-ballads in "Don't Lead Me On" and Williams' "Drunken Angel," as well as a gutbucket self-penned John Lee Hooker tribute, "From the Delta to the Golden Gates." Taj Mahal's Phantom Blues Band also plays on four of the six other tracks, which largely follow a similar style.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/20/2007
Label:
Shout
UPC:
5013929503328
catalogNumber:
33
Rank:
191845

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barbara Blue Blues Band   Primary Artist
Tony Braunagel   Percussion,Drums
Ben Cauley   Trumpet,Group
Tamara Champlin   Background Vocals
Julie Delgado   Background Vocals
Teresa James   Background Vocals
Darrell Leonard   Trumpet,Group Member
Susan Marshall   Background Vocals
Chris Patarini   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Lee Schell   Guitar,Background Vocals
Joe Sublett   Tenor Saxophone,Group
John "Juke" Logan   Harmonica,Group
Larry Fulcher   Bass
Nancy Apple   Background Vocals
Deborah Swiney   Background Vocals
Ray Defade   Drums

Technical Credits

Rod Piazza   Composer
Janis Joplin   Composer
Lucinda Williams   Composer
Charlie Bingham   Composer
Tony Braunagel   Composer,Producer
Richard Fleming   Composer
Robert Kasper   Engineer
John Porter   Engineer
Johnny Lee Schell   Engineer
James Solberg   Composer
Jim Weatherly   Composer
Tom Hambridge   Composer
Honey Piazza   Composer
Lisa Law   Cover Photo
Sandy Carroll   Composer
Nancy Apple   Composer
Barry Shaw   Composer
E.G. Kight   Composer
Barbara Blue Blues Band   Composer,Producer
Clive Richardson   Liner Notes

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