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At first listen, J.B. Lenoir might not impress. He was a rudimentary guitar player, generally using slow to midtempo Jimmy Reed-like blues progressions, and his voice was high-pitched and could waver at times, sometimes resembling a screech more than anything else. But first impressions can be deceiving. Lenoir was passionate and intelligent, with a strong personal and political agenda, and all these traits combine to make his body of work unlike any other player in the blues genre. This collection brings together a rather random selection of singles (including 1955's "Mama Talk to Your Daughter," the only national hit Lenoir ever had), alternate takes (the lead track, "The Mojo," is a delightful first-take shuffle complete with saxophone), and several live cuts, including a striking version of the stark, haunting "Alabama Blues." It's a bit of a hit-or-miss selection, and it doesn't make a great introduction to Lenoir, but there are enough high moments here to make it worth seeking out for fans of this one-of-a-kind blues artist.


Geboren: 05. March 1929 in Monticello, MS

Genre: Blues

Jahre aktiv: '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"). J.B....
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