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Two Steps from the Blues [Bonus Tracks]
     

Two Steps from the Blues [Bonus Tracks]

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by Bobby "Blue" Bland
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811251628
catalogNumber:
112516
Rank:
8215

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Primary Artist,Vocals
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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