The Blues Never Die! (Remastered)
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||The Blues Never Die||Otis Spann||3:40||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Got a Feeling||Otis Spann||2:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||One More Mile to Go||Otis Spann||3:45||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Feelin' Good||Otis Spann||3:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||After a While||Otis Spann||3:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dust My Broom||Otis Spann||2:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Straighten Up Baby||Otis Spann||2:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Come On||Otis Spann||2:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Must Have Been the Devil||Otis Spann||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Lightnin'||Otis Spann||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'm Ready||Otis Spann||3:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Boasting fellow Chicago blues dynamo James Cotton on both harmonica and lead vocals, The Blues Never Die! is one of Otis Spann's most inspired albums. When this session was recorded for Prestige's Bluesville subsidiary in 1964, Spann was still best known for playing acoustic piano in Muddy Waters' band. But The Blues Never Die! (which Fantasy reissued on CD in 1990 on its Original Blues Classics imprint) shows that he was as great a leader as he was a sideman. From Willie Dixon's "I'm Ready" (a Chess gem Spann had played numerous times with Waters) and Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" to Cotton's spirited "Feelin' Good" and Spann's dark-humored "Must Have Been the Devil," Spann and Cotton enjoy a very strong rapport on this consistently rewarding date.
A must have in your blues collection. Classic Otis Spann. Track after track it gets better, shows how good he was and how he grew from Muddy into his own. Otis Spann is the blues.
Great ensemble: Spann, Cotton, and Waters
These guys just made great music. Although Spann is listed as the main artist, Cotton's harp and Water's guitar work really outshine Spann's piano. A great album for someone who likes Southside Blues.
Born: March 21, 1930 in Jackson, MS
Years Active: '50s, '60s