The man is one of the great voices of the 20 th century, and Two Steps from the Blues is a perfect crystallization of his brilliance. King - I Like To Live The Love - 04 - I'm Sorry. January, April, July, and October. . Thanks for sharing some of the greastest music that has ever been made. And there are many more.
I have to second the Wolf. So revered is this record that it has often been called one of the great records ever in both electric blues and soul blues. King - I Like To Live The Love - 02 - It's My Own Fault. The album may be called Two Steps from the Blues, but it should be right in the middle of any definitive collection of great blues music. King - I Like To Live The Love - 10 - Let The Good Times Roll. 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 16-page book lists detailed and comprehensive individual track information, noting specific musicians on each of the 50 cuts. One of the greatest albums ever. In the early 50s he recorded for the Modern and Chess record labels as he tried to find his musical identity, taking the stage name Bobby 'Blue' Bland - his career was interrupted by a 2 year stint in the army, and on returning he found that his fellow musicians had all become successful. Four of his earlier hits and one extra song recorded back in 1957 completed the album, and Two Steps From The Blues was released in early 1961. King - I Like To Live The Love - 01 - Three O'Clock Blues. Blues Music Magazine is published four times a year. Undoubtedly, the definitive Bobby Blue Bland album is Two Steps from the Blues.
And it helped pave the way for studios and labels like Muscle Shoals and Stax to produce the wonderful music that would come later on. His major collaborator at the Record Label, Duke Records, was producer and arranger Joe Scott. Bobby Blue Bland perfected blues vocal technique while calling from within the most earnest, authentic soul. Soul expert Bill Dahl's excellent liner notes provide anecdotes along with the major events that shaped Bland's life and ultimately these recordings. In 1947 he moved to Memphis with his mother, where he started singing in gospel groups.
As such, it's an essential document of one of America's most talented, and creative, blues singers. But without a doubt it belongs. Thank you for becoming a member!! He was selling more units than Sam Cooke, The Impressions, and even B. Two Steps is almost a religious experience. King - I Like To Live The Love - 06 - Don't Answer The Door.
King - I Like To Live The Love - 08 - I Like To Live The Love. Bland's style and voice are immediately identifiable throughout, and the songwriting -- even on the later tracks -- typically suits his grits-and-honey approach. Robert Calvin Brooks was born in Tennessee in 1930, and acquired the name 'Bland' from his stepfather. Later on in 1992 he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blues Music Magazine is published four times a year.
This is not for a want of success. King - I Like To Live The Love - 05 - Don't Cry No More. And all of this was influenced by his youthful rural Tennessee and Memphis background. Detailed liner notes give plenty of background on both the recording sessions and Bland himself, but best of all is the remastered sound, which sparkles, and brings Bland's rich voice and uniquely moving delivery into crisp definition. Bland has influenced a range of disparate musicians besides the great King of the Blues. While he experienced a significant career resurgence in the '80s, which is where this sets stops, these are the classic songs that form the basis of any serious blues collection. I was an outstanding experience.
The Anthology is still not a complete career overview though, as it ends in 1982 before his prolific years at Malaco. I bought this one after reading Greil Marcus 'Mystery Train'many yaers ago. King - Let The Good Times Roll Live Coconut Grove Single Version 5:29 19. Blues guitarist Freddie King is a fan. If you need to change your email address please click the image below and submit the web form. It was a turning point for the soul blues style of music.
In other words, it was the true cornerstone foundation of soul blues. The remainder finds Little Boy Blue on his own in L. Who Will The Next Fool Be? Definitely a desert island album for me. Bobby Bland - If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right. Bland did not write a majority of his music, and instead turned to composers like Deadric Malone and Don Robey, as well as Scott himself. Product Description Thank you for supporting Blues Music, Blues Musicians, and Blues Music Magazine. Bland's work from the 1980s and after is not represented here, but that's a small matter, since many of his finest recordings cut on a variety of labels, many of them small independents date from the '60s and early '70s.