The Earls of Duke

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In the early and mid-'50s, both Bobby "Blue" Bland and Little Junior Parker did quite a bit of recording for the Duke label as their careers were getting off the ground, though both singers had previously recorded for other companies. The Earls of Duke rounds up their 1952-1956 Duke material, the 28 tracks evenly divided between sides cut by Bland and Parker. Though its comprehensiveness and thorough annotation make it valuable for the collector, it by no means represents the peak work of either artist. Both vocalists were still more in a straight blues bag than they'd be later on in the '50s and '60s, when more admission of R&B, soul, and rock influences made ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In the early and mid-'50s, both Bobby "Blue" Bland and Little Junior Parker did quite a bit of recording for the Duke label as their careers were getting off the ground, though both singers had previously recorded for other companies. The Earls of Duke rounds up their 1952-1956 Duke material, the 28 tracks evenly divided between sides cut by Bland and Parker. Though its comprehensiveness and thorough annotation make it valuable for the collector, it by no means represents the peak work of either artist. Both vocalists were still more in a straight blues bag than they'd be later on in the '50s and '60s, when more admission of R&B, soul, and rock influences made their work more impressive. That's particularly true in the case of Bland, whose earlier tracks on this disc, while certainly competent jump blues or bluesy ballads, lack much of the personality or jazzy R&B stylings he'd bring to his output in his lengthy prime. It's really only on the 1956 single "I Don't Believe"/"I Learned My Lesson" that he's really starting to become the Bobby Bland known and loved as a blues giant, both in his suave phrasing and the increased sophistication of the arrangements. Parker fares a little better, as he'd already arrived at a somewhat more mature phase in his development by the time he joined Duke. His offerings are decent early R&B/blues crossover sounds with more energy and, at least on occasion, rawer electric blues guitar than Bland's early Duke efforts. But there's nothing here as outstanding as his two prior Sun singles, "Feelin' Good" and "Mystery Train," though "I Wanna Ramble" and "Can't Understand" are obvious attempts to replicate them. This disc is substandard music, however, only in the sense that it doesn't represent the peak of either Bland or Parker; on its own terms, it's decent period blues/R&B, if rather average. As a small complaint, the CD might have been better sequenced by grouping all 14 Bland tracks and all 14 Parker tracks together in two separate portions of the disc, rather than alternating between several tracks each by one or the other singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2007
  • Label: Rev-Ola Bandstand
  • EAN: 5013929481527
  • Catalog Number: 15

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 No Blow, No Show (2:57)
  2. 2 I.O.U. Blues (3:10)
  3. 3 Lovin' Blues (3:16)
  4. 4 Wise Man Blues (2:49)
  5. 5 Army Blues (2:39)
  6. 6 Please Baby Blues - Junior Parker (2:40)
  7. 7 Dirty Friend Blues - Junior Parker (3:02)
  8. 8 Can't Understand - Junior Parker (2:49)
  9. 9 Sittin', Drikin' and Thinkin' - Junior Parker (2:57)
  10. 10 Can You Tell Me Baby? - The Blue Flames (2:51)
  11. 11 Backtracking - The Blue Flames (2:35)
  12. 12 I Wanna Ramble - The Blue Flames (2:48)
  13. 13 It's My Life, Baby (2:42)
  14. 14 Honey Bee (2:28)
  15. 15 Time Out (2:48)
  16. 16 Driving Me Mad - Junior Parker (2:50)
  17. 17 There Better Be No Feet (In Them Shoes) - Junior Parker (2:30)
  18. 18 I'm Tender - Junior Parker (2:43)
  19. 19 Woke Up Screaming (2:44)
  20. 20 A Million Miles from Nowhere (2:50)
  21. 21 You've Got Bad Intentions (2:30)
  22. 22 I Can't Put You Down, Baby (2:35)
  23. 23 Mother-In-Law Blues - Junior Parker (2:31)
  24. 24 I Don't Believe (2:37)
  25. 25 I Learned My Lesson (2:45)
  26. 26 Next Time You See Me - Little Joe Parker (2:36)
  27. 27 Pretty Baby - Junior Parker (3:00)
  28. 28 That's Alright - Junior Parker (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby "Blue" Bland Primary Artist
Johnny Ace Organ, Piano
Roy Gaines Guitar
Johnny Board Tenor Saxophone
Rayfield Davers Baritone Saxophone
Pluma Davis Trombone
Earl Forest Drums
Sonny Freeman Drums
Joe Fritz Alto Saxophone
Pat Hare Guitar
Clarence Holliman Guitar
Otis Jackson Sr. Bass
Bill Johnson Piano
George Joyner Bass
B.B. King Guitar
Hamp Simmons Bass
John Starks Drums
Jimmy Stewart Trumpet
Adolph Duncan Tenor Saxophone
Floyd Murphy Guitar
Herman "Little Junior" Parker Harmonica
Bill Havey Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Onzie Horne Piano, Vibes
Joe Scott Trumpet
Connie Mack Booker Piano
Jimmy Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Donnie McGowan Piano
Technical Credits
Dave Penny Producer, Liner Notes, Annotation
Joe Foster Producer
Andy Morten Artwork
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