Bobby “Blue” Bland – The Anthology (2 CD Set)

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Release Date:  2001

Label:  MCA Records

 

Track List

Disc 1

1. Lovin’ Blues
2. It’s My Life Baby
3. I Woke Up Screaming
4. You’ve Got Bad Intentions
5. I Smell Trouble
6. Farther Up The Road
7. Little Boy Blue
8. I’m Not Ashamed
9. I’ll Take Care Of You
10. Lead Me On
11. Cry, Cry, Cry
12. I’ve Been Wrong So Long
13. I Pity The Fool
14. Don’t Cry No More
15. Ain’t That Lovin’ You
16. Who Will The Next Fool Be?
17. Stormy Monday Blues
18. Turn On Your Love Light
19. Yield Not To Temptation
20. 36-22-36
21. Call On Me
22. That’s The Way Love Is
23. Ain’t Nothing You Can Do
24. Share Your Love With Me
25. Blind Man
26. Ain’t Doin’ Too Bad, Part 1
27. These Hands (Small But Mighty)
28. I’m Too Far Gone (To Turn Around)
29. Good Time Charlie, Part 1

Disc 2

1. Poverty
2. You’re All I Need
3. That Did It
4. Driftin’ Blues
5. Save Your Love For Me
6. Rockin’ In The Same Old Boat
7. Ask Me ‘Bout Nothing (But The Blues)
8. Chains Of Love
9. If You Got A Heart
10. Do What You Set Out To Do
11. Goin’ Down Slow
12. This Time I’m Gone For Good
13. Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
14. I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me)
15. Yolanda
16. I Take It On Home
17. It Ain’t The Real Thing
18. Let The Good Times Roll
19. The Soul Of A Man
20. Soon As The Weather Breaks
21. Recess In Heaven

 

Personnel

Vocals – Bobby “Blue” Bland
Bass – Hamp Simmons (tracks: 1-02 to 1-05, 1-07 to 1-26), Phil Upchurch (tracks: 2-08)
Drums – Earl Forest (tracks: 1-01), Harrel Porter (tracks: 2-07 to 2-09), John Jabo Starks (tracks: 1-09 to 1-26, 1-29), Sonny Freeman (tracks: 1-02 to 1-08)
Guitar – Clarence Holliman (tracks: 1-03 to 1-05, 1-07, 1-08), Pat Hare (tracks: 1-06), Roy Gaines (tracks: 1-02), Wayne Bennet (tracks: 1-09 to 1-26, 1-29, 2-04, 2-07, 2-08)
Piano – Connie Mack Booker (tracks: 1-02 to 1-05), Johnny Ace (tracks: 1-01), Johnny Young (3) (tracks: 2-08), Skippy Brooks (tracks: 1-17 to 1-22, 1-24, 1-26), Teddy Reynolds (tracks: 1-07 to 1-16, 1-23, 1-25)
Saxophone – Adolph “Billy” Duncan (tracks: 1-01), Bill Harvey (tracks: 1-02 to 1-04, 1-06), Bobby Forte (tracks: 1-25, 1-26), Clifford Scott (tracks: 1-23), Jimmy Beck (tracks: 1-15, 1-16, 1-18 to 1-23, 1-26), Johnny Board (tracks: 1-15, 1-16, 1-18 to 1-23, 1-26, 2-08), Rayfield Devers (tracks: 1-07 to 1-16, 1-18), Robert Skinner (2) (tracks: 1-09 to 1-14)
Trombone – Pluma Davis (tracks: 1-02 to 1-04, 1-09 to 1-16, 1-18, 1-20 to 1-23)
Trumpet – Henry Boozier (tracks: 2-07), Joseph Scott (2) (tracks: 1-02 to 1-04, 1-07 to 1-16, 1-18 to 1-23, 1-29, 2-04, 2-08, 2-09), Melvin Jackson (2) (tracks: 1-09 to 1-16, 1-18, 1-20 to 1-23, 1-25, 1-26)

 

Notes

Over the 1952-82 time-span covered here, Bobby “Blue” Bland united tough-as-pavement blues singing with heartbroken Southern R&B, and helped to create chitlin-circuit soul as we know it now. Too raw for most oldies radio, Bland was a major presence in his time: 30 of these 50 songs hit the pop charts, and almost all of them were significant R&B hits. The first disc-and-a-half documents his long-running Duke Records collaboration (in Chicago, Texas, and Nashville) with trumpeter Joe Scott, who wrote ambitious arrangements that ran from tender love-man pop to howling, honking blues terrorism, but usually gave Bland a chance to emote harder than his microphone could handle. The remainder finds Little Boy Blue on his own in L.A. in the ’70s, spicing up smoother blues-inflected soul (and even a stab at light disco, “It Ain’t the Real Thing”) with the famous squall in his voice.

 

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