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Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The Duke Recordings

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Album Review

This single-disc compilation cherry-picks through MCA's three two-disc anthology sets and puts together 16 tracks of essential Bland, starting with 1957's "Farther up the Road" and ending up with his 1969 reading of Big Joe Turner's "Chains of Love." It gathers up all the biggies: "Turn on Your Lovelight," "I Pity the Fool," "Stormy Monday Blues," "Call On Me," "I'll Take Care of You," and the transfers are exemplary. While it obviously leaves off a few of the early favorites — "Little Boy Blue" is almost inexcusable in its absence — this and its companion volume will be the best introduction for anyone wanting to explore the Bobby Bland collection.

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Outstanding Artist...

One of the singers who inspired the career of Van Morrison. If you like Van, you will appreciate Bobby "Blue" Bland. Van's original band 'Them' covered several of these songs. Listen to these originals.


Born: January 27, 1930 in Rosemark, TN

Genre: Blues

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

Bobby Bland earned his enduring blues superstar status the hard way: without a guitar, harmonica, or any other instrument to fall back upon. All Bland had to offer was his magnificent voice, a tremendously powerful instrument in his early heyday, injected with charisma and melisma to spare. Just ask his legion of female fans, who deemed him a sex symbol late into his career. For all his promise, Bland's musical career ignited slowly. He was a founding member of the Beale Streeters, the fabled Memphis...
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