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Album Review

An Introduction to Johnny Copeland is a satisfying compilation focusing on 16 of the Texas bluesman's rare sides waxed for independent labels in the '50s and '60s. Long before Copeland began releasing popular soul-blues on the Rounder label in the '80s and (albeit briefly) with Verve in the early '90s, he recorded umpteen regionally distributed singles. Sweat-drenched ballads alternated with gritty, greasy R&B workouts, usually augmented by a horn section and sounding very similar to what Junior Parker or Bobby "Blue" Bland were releasing at the time. Please note that this reissue includes the majority of cuts from Fuel 2000's Collection: Working Man's Blues issued in 2002, but for some reason three cuts were omitted: "Funny Feeling," "It's My Own Tears That's Being Wasted," and "I Got to Go Home."

Biography

Born: 27 March 1937 in Haynesville, LA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Considering the amount of time he spent steadily rolling from gig to gig, Johnny "Clyde" Copeland's rise to prominence in the blues world in the early '90s wasn't all that surprising. A contract with the PolyGram/Verve label put his '90s recordings into the hands of thousands of blues lovers around the world. It's not that Copeland's talent changed all that much since he recorded for Rounder Records in the '80s; it's just that major companies began to see the potential of great, hardworking blues...
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