By Popular Demand

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Shout
  • EAN: 5013929503328
  • Catalog Number: 33

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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