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Two Steps From The Blues
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Album: Two Steps From The Blues
# Song Title   Time
1)    Two Steps From The Blues Album Version More Info... 2:36
2)    Cry, Cry, Cry Single Version More Info... 2:45
3)    I'm Not Ashamed Single Version More Info... 2:37
4)    Don't Cry No More Album Version More Info... 2:29
5)    Lead Me On Single Version More Info... 2:06
6)    I Pity The Fool Single Version More Info... 2:43
7)    I've Just Got To Forget You Album Version More Info... 2:35
8)    Little Boy Blue Single Version More Info... 2:40
9)    St. James Infirmary Album Version More Info... 2:27
10)    I'll Take Care Of You Single Version More Info... 2:27
11)    Don't Want No Woman Single Version More Info... 2:41
12)    I've Been Wrong So Long Single Version More Info... 2:21
13)    How Does A Cheatin' Woman Feel Single Version More Info... 2:39
14)    Close To You Single Version More Info... 2:03
 

Album: Two Steps From The Blues
# Song Title   Time
1)    Two Steps From The Blues Album Version More Info... 2:36
2)    Cry, Cry, Cry Single Version More Info... 2:45
3)    I'm Not Ashamed Single Version More Info... 2:37
4)    Don't Cry No More Album Version More Info... 2:29
5)    Lead Me On Single Version More Info... 2:06
6)    I Pity The Fool Single Version More Info... 2:43
7)    I've Just Got To Forget You Album Version More Info... 2:35
8)    Little Boy Blue Single Version More Info... 2:40
9)    St. James Infirmary Album Version More Info... 2:27
10)    I'll Take Care Of You Single Version More Info... 2:27
11)    Don't Want No Woman Single Version More Info... 2:41
12)    I've Been Wrong So Long Single Version More Info... 2:21
13)    How Does A Cheatin' Woman Feel Single Version More Info... 2:39
14)    Close To You Single Version More Info... 2:03
 
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  • This reissue contains two bonus tracks from the original LP sessions.
  • Personnel includes: Bobby "Blue" Bland (vocals); Wayne Bennett, Clarence Holloman (guitar); Robert Skinner, L.A. Hill (tenor saxophone); Rayfield Devers (baritone saxophone); Joe Scott, Melvin Jackson (trumpet); Pluma Davis (trombone); Connie Mack Booker, Teddy Reynolds (piano); Hamp Simmons (bass); John "Jabo" Starks, Sonny Freeman (drums).
  • Recorded between March 12, 1956 and November 12, 1960. Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl and Dzondria Lalsac.
  • Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (Universal Mastering).
  • Personnel: Bobby "Blue" Bland (vocals); Wayne Bennett (guitar); Joe Scott (trumpet); Pluma Davis (trombone); Connie Mack Booker, Teddy Reynolds (piano); John Starks, Sonny Freeman (drums).
  • Recording information: Chicago, IL (03/12/1956-11/12/1960); Houston, TX (03/12/1956-11/12/1960).
  • If you are unfamiliar with Bobby Bland, TWO STEPS FROM THE BLUES is the place to start. The album marked a watershed of creative bursts and commercial recognition for the legendary blues singer. The foundation of TWO STEPS' blues was an uptown Texas blues sound, relying more on sophisticated arrangements, horns, and orchestras than gut-bucket Delta guitar heroics. Inside the lush grooves, Bland moved with restraint, crooning seductively, a tried-and-true ladies man. Which is not to say that Bland is all smooth grooves and sweet nothings. No, his gospel roots rise up like thunderclouds at precise moments, erupting to transform the album's ballads into rattling experiences. The undeniable power of Bland's squalls punctuates "Cry, Cry, Cry" and "I Pity the Fool." His trademark mixture of smoky crooning and strangled outbursts has helped place Bobby Bland alongside the best R&B singers of the century.
Professional Reviews
Q (2/93, p.87) - "...the leanness of the instrumentation and the simple but clever arrangements deepen the pervasive air of plaintive, lonesome melancholy..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is Bland's orchestral soul classic, with emotion-wracked readings of 'Cry, Cry, Cry,' 'I Pity The Fool' and 'Little Boy Blue.'"
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