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Bobby "Blue" Bland - "Live" On Beale Street (1998)

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Bobby "Blue" Bland - "Live" On Beale Street (1998)

Bobby "Blue" Bland - "Live" On Beale Street (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 375 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 146 Mb | Scans included
Electric Texas Blues, Soul-Blues, Rhythm & Blues | Label: Malaco | # MCD 7489 | 00:59:37

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.

Bobby 'Blue' Bland - The Duke Years 1952-1962 [3CD] (2014)

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Bobby 'Blue' Bland - The Duke Years 1952-1962 [3CD] (2014)

Bobby 'Blue' Bland - The Duke Years 1952-1962 [3CD] (2014)
R&B, Soul, Blues | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 02:24:31 | 745,68 Mb
Label: Not Now Music (EU) | Cat.# NOT3CD155 | Released: 2014-04-14

When Bobby 'Blue' Bland was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, he seemed genuinely surprised at the honour. 'I'm doing the same thing I've been doing all my life. My audience just seemed to catch up with me.' 'Though he possessed gifts on a par with his most accomplished peers,' said the New York Post in its obituary, 'Bland never achieved the popular acclaim enjoyed by contemporaries like Ray Charles and BB King. But he was nevertheless a mainstay on the rhythm and blues charts and club circuit for decades.' Hopefully this three-disc set of his Duke Records output from 1952-'62 will stay on your playlist, dear listener, for many years to come.

B.B. King & Bobby Bland - Together For The First Time...Live (1974)

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B.B. King & Bobby Bland - Together For The First Time...Live (1974)

B.B. King & Bobby Bland - Together For The First Time…Live (1974)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Texas Blues, R&B | Label: MCA | # MCAD-4160 | Time: 01:08:41

Onetime rivals for R&B supremacy, the two blues greats hit the road together in the Seventies, where they soon discovered how well their styles complemented one another while bantering with expert comic timing. "Nothing is planned tonight," King announces early in this hour-long set, and whether or not that was true there's a spontaneous but never sloppy spark. It's instructive and exciting to hear King's guitar supporting another vocalist, particularly a master such as Bland.

Bobby "Blue" Bland - Long Beach 1983 (1994)

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Bobby "Blue" Bland - Long Beach 1983 (1994)

Bobby Blue Bland - Long Beach 1983 (1994)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 324 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 122 MB | Covers - 38 MB
Genre: Blues, Soul | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Charly Records (CD CBL 750)

Here on this CD we re treated to an excellent example of a "live" Bobby "Blue" Bland concert recorded at Long Beach, California in 1983. Along with Mel Jackson, Bobby's Bandleader/Arranger/trumpet player, one gets to hear some truly amazing guitar work by the legendary guitarist, Wayne Bennett. Mel Jackson and the Orchestra - kick off the show with a funky soulful instrumental "Mels Groove" to warm up the audience and loosen up the musicians before the Dynamic Bobby "Blue" Bland takes to the stage and runs through his 1962 "Ain't That Loving You", and his 1959 "I'll Take Care Of You", (two Duke classics)…

Bobby "Blue" Bland - Midnight Run (1989)

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Bobby "Blue" Bland - Midnight Run (1989)

Bobby Blue Bland - Midnight Run (1989)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 258 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 106 MB | Covers included
Genre: Blues, Soul | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Malaco Records (MCD 7450)

When Bobby "Blue" Bland was recording for Malaco in the '80s and '90s, many blues experts asserted that he was past his prime - and they were right. Bland had done his best work for Duke in the '50s and '60s, and his voice wasn't what it once was. But the blues/soul singer was still capable of delivering a worthwhile album, and he still had a loyal fan base. In fact, the singer was a consistent seller for Malaco, which could generally be counted on to give him good or excellent material to work with. Recorded when Bland was in his late fifties, Midnight Run isn't remarkable but is generally decent. The production of Tommy Couch and Wolf Stephenson is rock solid, and Bland is soulful and satisfying on the amusing "Take off Your Shoes," the reggae-influenced title song, and arrangements of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and the Mel & Tim hit "Starting All Over Again."

Bobby "Blue" Bland - First Class Blues (1987)

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Bobby "Blue" Bland - First Class Blues (1987)

Bobby Blue Bland - First Class Blues (1987)
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 353 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 148 MB | Covers - 9 MB
Genre: Blues, Soul | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Malaco Records (MCD 5000)

Although it isn't billed as such, this is a compilation of some of the best tracks from Bland's first two '80s albums for Malaco fleshed out with remakes of some of his most famous late-'50s and early-'60s hits. Of the latter, the standouts are probably "Two Steps From the Blues" and "St. James Infirmary." Bland can't quite hit the high notes the way he once did, but his voice is still attractive and his phrasing is, if anything, even better. The more recent material ranges from "Members Only," with its great retro-60s soul groove, to the straight-ahead blues of "Straight From the Shoulder."

Bobby Bland - Blues You Can Use (1987)

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Bobby Bland - Blues You Can Use (1987)

Bobby Bland - Blues You Can Use (1987)
EAC Rip | WavPack (image+.cue+log) - 202 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 91 MB | Covers (3 MB) included
Genre: Blues, Soul | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Malaco Records (MCD 7444)

Blues You Can Use could have accurately been titled Blues and Soul You Can Use because it offers a generous dose of R&B along with straight-ahead electric blues. But then, that title wouldn't have been as catchy. More important than the title, of course, is the music itself - and Bobby "Blue" Bland is in decent form on this album, which came out when the singer was 56 or 57. To be sure, Blues You Can Use isn't in a class with Bland's classic Duke output of the 1950s and 1960s - and his voice is undeniably thinner than it was in his younger days. But Bland demonstrates that he could still be expressive and charismatic on 12-bar ditties like "I've Got a Problem" and "For the Last Time" as well as laid-back soul numbers such as "Restless Feelin's," "There's No Easy Way to Say Goodbye" and the tear-jerker "Let's Part as Friends"…

Bobby Bland - You've Got Me Loving You (1984) [Reissue 1990]

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Bobby Bland - You've Got Me Loving You (1984) [Reissue 1990]

Bobby Bland - You've Got Me Loving You (1984) [Reissue 1990]
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+.cue+log) - 236 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 89 MB | Covers (4 MB) included
Genre: R&B, Soul, Blues | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: MCA Records (MCAD 22008)

One of the most powerful and distinctive voices in blues and R&B, thanks to his steady stream of classic singles during the '50s and '60s. Bobby Bland earned his enduring blues superstar status the hard way: without a guitar, harmonica, or any other instrument to fall back upon. All Bland had to offer was his magnificent voice, a tremendously powerful instrument in his early heyday, injected with charisma and melisma to spare. Just ask his legion of female fans, who deemed him a sex symbol late into his career.