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Though Otis Rush only recorded eight singles for Cobra Records during his 1956-'58 tenure with the label, they became milestones in his own storied career and crucial cuts in the Chicago blues canon. "I Can't Quit You Baby" was Cobra's first-ever release, and it kicked off the label's short-but-sweet lifespan with a bang; the raw emotion Rush unleashes on the Willie Dixon–penned tune would find echoes in countless cover versions over the years. Rush's take on Dixon's swinging, jazzy "Violent Love" shows the singer/guitarist had a sharp sense of humor too. While Rush's stinging guitar solos are vital to the visceral quality of most of these tunes, it was actually Ike Turner who provided the soul-on-fire solo that makes "Double Trouble" one of the most magnificently harrowing tracks in the history of the blues. And the slinky, minor-key stroll "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)" would go on to be an inspiration to subsequent generations of rockers as well as blues players, allegedly providing the template for Peter Green's "Black Magic Woman," among others.

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AMG Review...

The title says it all. This is the essential Otis Rush, the singles recorded for Eli Toscano's Cobra label between 1956 and 1958. If Rush had never recorded another note, his legendary status would remain intact based solely on these recordings. Backed by players like Willie Dixon and Little Walter, it's Rush's impassioned vocals and stinging guitar lines that make "I Can't Quit You Baby," "All Your Love (I Miss Loving)," and "Double Trouble" the classics they are. In addition to the A- and B-sides of all eight singles released by Cobra, eight alternate takes are included, four more than the Paula edition of this material released in 1991. Along with a slightly better transfer from the original tapes, this is not only one of the best places to start for someone getting interested in the blues, but a vital part of any blues collection. Outstanding.

The Otis rush record

this is the holy grail of Otis rush records. His playing and tone is unmatched throughout!! Buy this recording!

Awesome Blues!!!!

Otis is a true blues guitar virtuoso.....This guy has written many classics and should be considered the King of the Blues!!


Born: April 29, 1934 in Philadelphia, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Breaking into the R&B Top Ten his very first time out in 1956 with the startlingly intense slow blues "I Can't Quit You Baby," southpaw guitarist Otis Rush subsequently established himself as one of the premier bluesmen on the Chicago circuit. Rush is often credited with being one of the architects of the West side guitar style, along with Magic Sam and Buddy Guy. It's a nebulous honor, since Rush played clubs on Chicago's South side just as frequently during the sound's late-'50s incubation period....
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