Two Steps from the Blues [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Without a doubt, Two Steps From the Blues is the definitive Bobby "Blue" Bland album and one of the great records in electric blues and soul-blues. In fact, it's one of the key albums in modern blues, marking a turning point when juke joint blues were seamlessly blended with gospel and Southern soul, creating a distinctly Southern sound where all of these styles blended so thoroughly it was impossible to tell where one began and one ended. Given his Memphis background, Bobby "Blue" Bland was perfectly suited for this kind of amalgam as envisioned by producer/arranger Joe Scott, who crafted these wailing horn arrangements that sounded as impassioned as Bland's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Without a doubt, Two Steps From the Blues is the definitive Bobby "Blue" Bland album and one of the great records in electric blues and soul-blues. In fact, it's one of the key albums in modern blues, marking a turning point when juke joint blues were seamlessly blended with gospel and Southern soul, creating a distinctly Southern sound where all of these styles blended so thoroughly it was impossible to tell where one began and one ended. Given his Memphis background, Bobby "Blue" Bland was perfectly suited for this kind of amalgam as envisioned by producer/arranger Joe Scott, who crafted these wailing horn arrangements that sounded as impassioned as Bland's full-throated, anguished vocals. It helped, of course, that the songs were uniformly brilliant. Primarily from the pen of Deadric Malone, along with Duke head Don Robey and Scott among others, these are the tunes that form the core of Bobby "Blue" Bland's legend and the foundation of soul-blues: "Two Steps From the Blues," "I Don't Want No Woman," "Cry, Cry, Cry," "I'm Not Ashamed," "Lead Me On," "Little Boy Blue" -- songs so good they overshadow standards like "St. James Infirmary." These are songs that blur the division between Ray Charles soul and Chess blues, opening the doors for numerous soul and blues sounds, from Muscle Shoals and Stax through the modern-day soul-bluesman. Since this, like many blues albums from the late '50s/early '60s, was a collection of singles, it's possible to find the key tracks, even the entire album, on the numerous Bobby "Blue" Bland collections released over the years, but this remains an excellent, essential blues album on its own terms -- one of the greatest ever released.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811251628
  • Catalog Number: 112516
  • Sales rank: 8,901

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bobby "Blue" Bland Primary Artist, Vocals, Indexed Contributor
Wayne Bennett Guitar
Pluma Davis Trombone
Sonny Freeman Drums
Hamp Simmons Bass
John Starks Drums
Teddy Reynolds Piano
Joe Scott Trumpet, Leader
Connie Mack Booker Piano
Technical Credits
Irving Mills Composer
Ray Agee Composer
Mike Fink Reissue Design
Deadric Malone Composer
Andy McKaie Reissue Producer
Joe Scott Composer
Clifton William Smith Composer
Joseph Scott Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
LaCharles Harper Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    track 5 on every disc is F'd up

    I returned my 1st copy back to the local BN but the track itslef is bad.

    too bad..

    Mybe I'll just burn my LP onto a mp3 and move on.

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