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Album Review

Thought by many to be deceased, singer James Davis returned from musical invisibility to make this sparkling comeback set for Black Top. His hearty pipes sounding anything but over-the-hill, Davis roared a combination of his own fine tunes and remakes of songs first done by Bobby Bland, James Carr, and Wynonie Harris in front of a terrific combo (guitarists Anson Funderburgh and Clarence Hollimon, saxist Grady Gaines). A revival of his own slow blues "Your Turn to Cry" recalled Davis's early-'60s glory days.

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Just in case...

...you happened, to have tripped across this recording, certainly by accident, give it a turn. Sometimes greatness is better felt, than described.

This Guy is The Real Deal

I heard him first on a live Black Top Compilation with both Ronnie Earl and Anson trading shots and it was incredible. He used to be in Guitar Slim's Band and that's enough for me. But, he died on stage while performing and is it poetic enough that the album is called "Check Out Time"? I think there are at least five winners in here ("Hello Sundown" being the best) and it just goes to show you that those great R&B voices are almost all gone. This thing has tremendous energy and authenticity...

Biography

Born: November 10, 1938 in Prichard, AL

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

James Davis went out the way entertainers often dream of. While performing at the Blues Saloon in St. Paul, MN, he suffered a fatal heart attack in mid-set and died on-stage. The tragic event ended a comeback bid that warmed the heart of blues aficionados; Davis' whereabouts were so unknown prior to his triumphant re-emergence that he was rumored to be dead. His melismatic vocal delivery betraying strong gospel roots, Davis secured his first pro gig in 1957 as opening act for Guitar Slim. The flamboyant...
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