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Mojo Boogie - An Essential Collection

J.B. Lenior

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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.

Biography

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...
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