The Anthology

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
As the quintessential chitlin' circuit R&B/blues star, Memphis-based singer Bobby "Blue" Bland's career has been relatively well-documented on CD. Still, until this 2001 double set, all 25 of his Top Ten R&B hits have not been available in one package. The Anthology is still not a complete career overview though, as it ends in 1982 before his prolific years at Malaco. It does, however, cover a remarkably prolific 30-year period, starting with his first recordings for Duke in 1952 and touching base at Dunhill and MCA, all conveniently located under the current Universal Music label umbrella. Die-hard fans of Bland during this period likely own the three double-disc ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
As the quintessential chitlin' circuit R&B/blues star, Memphis-based singer Bobby "Blue" Bland's career has been relatively well-documented on CD. Still, until this 2001 double set, all 25 of his Top Ten R&B hits have not been available in one package. The Anthology is still not a complete career overview though, as it ends in 1982 before his prolific years at Malaco. It does, however, cover a remarkably prolific 30-year period, starting with his first recordings for Duke in 1952 and touching base at Dunhill and MCA, all conveniently located under the current Universal Music label umbrella. Die-hard fans of Bland during this period likely own the three double-disc sets MCA released in the mid-'90s but, for those who don't need the warts-and-all treatment yet want something more in depth than skimpy single-disc collections, this is certainly the way to go. Soul expert Bill Dahl's excellent liner notes provide anecdotes along with the major events that shaped Bland's life and ultimately these recordings. The 16-page book lists detailed and comprehensive individual track information, noting specific musicians on each of the 50 cuts. The overall effect is startling in its consistency. Bland's style and voice are immediately identifiable throughout, and the songwriting -- even on the later tracks -- typically suits his grits-and-honey approach. A previously unreleased live eight-minute 1973 version of "This Time I'm Gone for Good," which demonstrates how effectively Bland extended his songs in concert, is the only collectable track here, but this chronologically arranged set is not geared toward that segment of the audience. Sonically, The Anthology is the best this material has ever sounded, with the '60s songs absolutely stunning in their remastered definition. While he experienced a significant career resurgence in the '80s, which is where this sets stops, these are the classic songs that form the basis of any serious blues collection. As such, it's an essential document of one of America's most talented, and creative, blues singers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2001
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811259624
  • Catalog Number: 112596
  • Sales rank: 27,571

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lovin' Blues (3:16)
  2. 2 It's My Life, Baby (2:43)
  3. 3 I Woke Up Screaming (2:46)
  4. 4 You've Got Bad Intentions (2:32)
  5. 5 I Smell Trouble (2:36)
  6. 6 Farther Up the Road (2:57)
  7. 7 Little Boy Blue (2:37)
  8. 8 I'm Not Ashamed (2:35)
  9. 9 I'll Take Care of You (2:24)
  10. 10 Lead Me On (2:04)
  11. 11 Cry Cry Cry (2:43)
  12. 12 I've Been Wrong So Long (2:19)
  13. 13 I Pity the Fool (2:41)
  14. 14 Don't Cry No More (2:27)
  15. 15 Ain't That Lovin' You (2:32)
  16. 16 Who Will the Next Fool Be? (2:27)
  17. 17 Stormy Monday Blues (4:08)
  18. 18 Turn on Your Love Light (2:38)
  19. 19 Yield Not to Temptation (2:35)
  20. 20 36-22-36 (2:51)
  21. 21 Call on Me (2:32)
  22. 22 That's the Way Love Is (2:37)
  23. 23 Ain't Nothing You Can Do (2:29)
  24. 24 Share Your Love With Me (2:42)
  25. 25 Blind Man (3:26)
  26. 26 Ain't Doin' Too Bad, Pt. 1 (2:41)
  27. 27 These Hands (2:21)
  28. 28 I'm Too Far Gone (To Turn Around) (2:35)
  29. 29 Good Time Charlie, Pt. 1 (2:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Poverty (2:07)
  2. 2 You're All I Need (2:52)
  3. 3 That Did It (3:28)
  4. 4 Driftin' Blues (3:26)
  5. 5 Save Your Love for Me (3:31)
  6. 6 Rockin' in the Same Old Boat (3:33)
  7. 7 Ask Me 'Bout Nothin' (But the Blues) (3:39)
  8. 8 Chains of Love (3:15)
  9. 9 If You Got a Heart (2:40)
  10. 10 Do What You Set Out to Do (3:29)
  11. 11 Goin' Down Slow (3:43)
  12. 12 This Time I'm Gone for Good (8:53)
  13. 13 Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City (3:51)
  14. 14 I Wouldn't Treat a Dog (The Way You Treated Me) (3:17)
  15. 15 Yolanda (3:08)
  16. 16 I Take It on Home (3:32)
  17. 17 It Ain't the Real Thing (3:18)
  18. 18 Let the Good Times Rol (5:27)
  19. 19 The Soul of a Man (3:03)
  20. 20 Soon as the Weather Breaks (3:25)
  21. 21 Recess in Heaven (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby "Blue" Bland Primary Artist
Johnny Ace Piano
Larry Carlton Guitar
Phil Upchurch Bass
Mel Brown Guitar
Roy Gaines Guitar
Monk Higgins Tenor Saxophone
Freddy Robinson Guitar
Laythan Armor Piano
Jimmy Beck Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ben Benay Guitar
Wayne Bennett Guitar
Max Bennett Bass
Ginger Blake Background Vocals
Johnny Board Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Bohannon Trombone
Henry Boozier Trumpet
Skippy Brooks Piano
Rayfield Davers Baritone Saxophone
Pluma Davis Trombone
David Ervin Piano
Wilton Felder Bass
Chuck Findley Horn
Earl Forest Drums
Bobby Forte Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Freeman Drums
Ed Greene Drums
Warren Haygood Percussion
Clarence Holliman Guitar
Paul Hubinon Horn
Michael Omartian Organ, Piano
Dean Parks Guitar
Curtis Robinson Bass
Hamp Simmons Bass
Gerald Sims Guitar
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Ernie Watts Horn
Dick Hyde Horn
Jack Kelson Jr. Horn
Teddy Reynolds Piano
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
Joe Scott Trumpet
Technical Credits
Roy Milton Composer
Johnny Cash Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Monk Higgins Composer
Steve Barri Producer
Al Bell Composer
George Butcher Arranger
Vince Clarke Composer
Jon Hendricks Composer
Deadric Malone Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Clyde Otis Producer
Joe Scott Composer
Andy Bell Composer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Harry Van Walls Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Jay Wellington Arranger
Joseph Scott Composer
Ahmet Nugetre Composer
Al Braggs Composer
James Oden Composer
Van Wells Composer
Boozier Composer
LaCharles Harper Composer
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