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Album Review

When Bobby "Blue" Bland was recording for Malaco in the '80s and '90s, many blues experts asserted that he was past his prime — and they were right. Bland had done his best work for Duke in the '50s and '60s, and his voice wasn't what it once was. But the blues/soul singer was still capable of delivering a worthwhile album, and he still had a loyal fan base. In fact, the singer was a consistent seller for Malaco, which could generally be counted on to give him good or excellent material to work with. Recorded when Bland was in his late fifties, Midnight Run isn't remarkable but is generally decent. The production of Tommy Couch and Wolf Stephenson is rock solid, and Bland is soulful and satisfying on the amusing "Take off Your Shoes," the reggae-influenced title song, and arrangements of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" and the Mel & Tim hit "Starting All Over Again." Although casual listeners would be better off with a collection of Bland's Duke material, Midnight Run is a CD that his hardcore fans will enjoy.

Customer Reviews

MIDNIGHT RUN

This was one of the best records that Bobby Bland ever put out . He is truly one of the greatest Blues singers of all times

He's got soul & class

Midnight Run is an amazing album. You will fall in love with Bobby Bland once you hear "Ain't no sunshine when she's gone". Absolutley worth the buy!

Better than expected

While the official reviewer mentions that Bobby was past his prime, I still put it to everyone that Bobby Bland has a smooth tone that even young singers cannot get today. It is sad that his voice started failing him due to lifestyle, but listen to these songs especially "Ain't No Sunshine" Let the good times roll!

Biography

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...
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