Live on Beale Street

Live on Beale Street

by Bobby "Blue" Bland


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Live on Beale Street

Recorded live at the New Daisy Theater with Bland's regular working road band, this captures him in fine form, bringing together old favorites with some other numbers for a heady blend. When called for, the old Joe Scott heavy horn-laden arrangements are summoned up on tunes like "St. James Infirmary," "Farther on Up the Road," "That's the Way Love Is," "I Pity the Fool," and "I'll Take Care of You" with consummate ease. But even more telling is how effortlessly and seamlessly material like Buddy Ace's "Love of Mine," "Members Only," "Soon as the Weather Breaks," and Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Get Your Money Where You Spend Your Time" meshes with the old standbys. A lengthy slow blues medley brings guest appearances from Johnnie Taylor and Bobby Rush on "Stormy Monday," but the real star here is Bland himself. He's in good voice and good humor, and this makes a fine addition to his stack of latter-day recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/1998
Label: Malaco Records
UPC: 0048021748921
catalogNumber: 7489
Rank: 60399

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Primary Artist
Johnnie Taylor   Vocals
Bobby Rush   Vocals
Stanley Abernathy   Horn
Joseph Hardin   Horn
George Weaver   Drums
Carson Whitsett   Keyboards
Ray Neal   Guitar
Reggie Richards   Bass
Morris Atchison   Horn
Thomas   Horn
Rod Bland   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Tommy Tate   Composer
Ronnie Stoots   Poster Design
Don Robey   Composer
Wolf Stephenson   Producer,Remixing
Paul Christensen   Video Producer,Audio Production
Steve Lowney   Engineer
Julie Haldeman   Engineer
Kent Bruce   Remixing
Traditional   Composer
Bernie Bernil   Sound Reinforcement
Joe Primrose   Composer
Joe Veasey   Composer
James "Cookie" Palmer   Composer
John Lands   Composer

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Live on Beale Street 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Much has been made about Bobby Bland's voice not being what it once was. He is still one of the great ones, and if one wasn't aware how truly extraordinary he once was, listening to him now wouldn't be quite so depressing. But, except for the occasional trademark flem induced growl he'll let out, he is still great. This CD was recorded at the New Daisy Theatre in Memphis where Bland made a name for himself. He is in good form as is his solid rhythm section. The real treat is that for recording purposes Bland and Malaco Records added a keyboard player to his regular band. They got renowned songwriter and session man Carson Whitsett, who played on several Bland albums as Malaco's band leader. Whitsett is absolutely terrific. His B-3 organ work really adds life to this concert, especially since Bland's horn section unfortunately gets worse and worse as the show progresses. Southern Soul fans will be delighted as "Bad" Bobby Rush and Johnnie Taylor join Bland on stage. Rush is typically hilarious, and J.T., in one of his last appearances, shows what an absolute superstar he was as he belts out the Bland staple "Stormy Monday". Among the highlights are three songs that appeared on Bland's 1961 landmark Two Steps From the Blues album: "I Pity the Fool", "St. James Infirmary", and the wonderful "I'll Take Care Of You". Another great moment is Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine". Somewhat ironically, the original was produced by Booker T. Jones, who also played on it. Whitsett, who's playing as the song ends is almost epic, replaced Jones for a while with the MGs. All and all, this is an excellent live Blues show that holds up very well amongst the recordings of the legendary Bobby "Blue" Bland. It is also available on VHS and DVD.