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This is pretty close to being the "Essential Collection" that Fuel 2000 boasts in its title. J.B. Lenoir was a consummate bluesman who walked the line between R&B, the new electric Chicago blues, and early rock & roll. His music was house-rocking, boogie-heavy, joyous rolling thunder. John Mayall's entire career has been influenced by Lenoir's singular if somewhat obscure mark. This collection features 11 tracks and nine alternate takes. They add up to a diverse portrait of an idiosyncratic yet highly accessible blues talent. Here are his early-'50s hits, such as "Let's Roll" (plus an alternate version) and "Mojo Boogie" (with another pair of alternates). But there is also the strolling "I Feel So Good," a couple of versions of the sensual "Slow Down Woman," and many others that offer an accurate, perhaps even revelatory, portrait of the artist in his prime.


Born: March 05, 1929 in Monticello, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

Newcomers to his considerable legacy could be forgiven for questioning J.B. Lenoir's gender upon first hearing his rocking waxings. Lenoir's exceptionally high-pitched vocal range is a fooler, but it only adds to the singular appeal of his music. His politically charged "Eisenhower Blues" allegedly caused all sorts of nasty repercussions upon its 1954 emergence on Al Benson's Parrot logo (it was quickly pulled off the shelves and replaced with Lenoir's less controversially titled "Tax Paying Blues")....
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