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Album Review

Best Blues & Originals collects the highlights from Rory Block's '80s albums for Rounder, saving a bunch of fine tracks from otherwise spotty releases. It's a nice overview and, consequently, a solid introduction to her catalog.

Customer Reviews

The exceptions prove the rule...

Rory has a fabulous blues voice and presence, but what makes this album so unique isn't any of the blues numbers--it's the two old folk numbers: 'The Water is Wide' and especially 'The Golden Vanity.' But maybe, with Rory singing them, you hear them in a new way. A blues way?


This cd is an excellent example of how great Rory Block is. She is so talented and if you buy this cd you will not be disappointed.

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Out n Outstanding.
Would expect nothing less from a Jersey girl.
Princeton no less.


Born: November 6, 1949 in New York, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Aurora "Rory" Block has staked her claim to being one of America's top acoustic blues women, an interpreter of the great Delta blues singers, a slide guitarist par excellence, and a talented songwriter in her own right. Born and raised in Manhattan by a family that had bohemian leanings, she spent her formative years hanging out with musicians like Peter Rowan, John Sebastian, and Geoff Muldaur, who hung out in her father's sandal shop, before picking up the guitar at the age of ten. Her record debut...
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