The Uppity Blues Women
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||Middle Aged Blues Boogie||Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women||5:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Take It On Back||Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women||2:36||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Annie's Blues||Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women||3:57||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Even Yuppies Get the Blues||Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women||2:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Drown In My Own Tears||Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women||5:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Three Time Loser||Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women||3:34||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Fess Up When You Mess Up||Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women||3:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Silent Thunder In My Heart||Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women||3:19||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||School Teacher's Blues||Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women||3:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Almost Lost My Mind||Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women||5:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Wild Women Don't Have the Blues||Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women||2:42||$0.99||View In iTunes|
In 1984, three middle-aged women (guitarist Gaye Adegbalola, bassist Earlene Lewis and pianist Ann Rabson) came together to play blues as Saffire. Their 1990 Alligator CD is still Saffire's best all-around recording. Even overlooking the novelty of three women giving a female and middle-aged slant to the blues, this is a highly enjoyable and musical set. Assisted on three numbers by Mark Wenner's harmonica, Saffire plays spirited versions of such tunes as "Middle Aged Blues Boogie," "Even Yuppies Get the Blues," "Fess Up When You Mess Up," "I Almost Lost My Mind" and their theme "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues." Recommended.
A great album for everyone
When this album was first released, I was turned off by all the hype about WOMEN singing blues from a WOMAN'S perspective. That seemed to be all that anyone wrote about, and not once did I see a review that said it was good or bad. Since no one mentioned this, I figured it must not be that good. A few years later, someone loaned me the CD and I wondered why no one ever wrote about how good the music is. Ann Rabson is a great pianist and Gaye Adegbalola has enough brass to overcome whatever minor flaws she has as a vocalist. Besides, it's blues; those minor flaws are part of the charm. Saffire can rock, Saffire can roll, and this debut is a great, great album. Highlights are Middle Aged Blues Boogie, I Almost Lost My Mind, Fess Up When You Mess Up, and Wild Women Don't Have the Blues.
great intro to the band and acoustic blues
Yes, a band of three "uppity", middle-aged women who quit their day jobs holds a great deal of novelty, but that is NOT the reason to buy this album. The reason: these gals can rock and roll and have fun . Ann plays a fierce piano; Gaye can really belt out the blues. The lyrics are at turns funny and wise but always speak the truth and stay true to the essence of the blues. One listen to this recording and I have been hooked on these ladies since I was 20 -- I am now quickly approaching middle-age and no longer sing along with Middle Aged Blues Boogie with tongue in my cheek. I personally adore Ann's piano, paricularly on Annie's Blues. Gaye's version of Wild Women is rough and rowdy. If you llike acoustic blues, true to the roots of Bessie Smith and Sippie Wallace, give these fabulous blues artists a listen.
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s