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Album Review

An Introduction to J.B. Lenoir is a satisfying compilation celebrating the legendary Chicago bluesman's early '50s output for the JOB and Parrot labels. Among the 16 tracks, three of them are alternate takes, and five cuts were recorded live: "I Want to Know," "J.B.'s Harp-Rack Blues," "My Dear Old Mother," "Alabama Blues," and "I Had My Trouble." Please note that this reissue includes the majority of cuts from Fuel 2000s Mojo Boogie: An Essential Collection issued in 2002.


Born: 05 March 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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