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Hop on Board Soul-Blues Bandwagon

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hop on Board Soul-Blues Bandwagon

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Here is a list of a few albums that will help you get on the

soul-blues bandwagon.

1.Aretha Franklin: The Delta meets Detroit: Aretha's Blues

(Rhino): Though she is best known for her soul-pop excursions,

Franklin, like Ray Charles, is a point of convergence for any

number of different styles. And, given her gospel background,

mastery of the blues is a given. Franklin-philes are probably

familiar with her famous Dr. Feelgood; the addition of tunes

like Night Time is the Right Time and Goin Down Slow makes this

disc a treat.

2.Bobby Bland: Greatest Hits Vol. 1: The Duke Recordings

(MCA): Few have suffered more from blues rock's guitar fetish

than Bland. Bland is an iconic figure, in his prime, his vocals

could be compared favorably with those of Sam Cooke and Ray

Charles. Still, he often finds himself on the periphery of the

modern blues scene, even though he has cut some of the genre's

classic material, either on his own or with B.B. King. This

collection includes some of his best work from his '60s work on

the Duke Label, from 1957-69: I Pity the Fool, Farther on Up

The Road Stormy Monday Blues and Chains of Love. There is also

plenty of stuff worth either getting on back order or scouring

the used bins for, like Together for the First Time and

Together Again, two MCA sides he cut with B.B.

3.Bobby Rush: It's Alright (Jewel/Paula/Ronn): Rush's

soul-circuit longevity is amazing -- more than 40 years as one

of the most wide-ranging and dynamic performers around (if you

checked him out at the recent Springing the Blues Festival, you

already know this). Funky, funny and sometimes just a little

nasty, Rush has a pretty extensive catalog. This disc is a

collection of his best work for the Louisiana-based Jewel label.

Of special note: Bowlegged Woman/Knock-kneed Man Pts 1&2 and

Dust My Broom/Baby What You Want Me to Do.

4.Z.Z. Hill: Greatest Hits (Malaco): The late singer is

arguably the most notable, not to mention intense, of the modern

soul-bluesmen. His single Down Home Blues, spent more than 100

weeks on the R&B charts in 1981, and his bareknuckled, intense

delivery suits tunes like the gritty I'm A Bluesman perfectly.

Like most of the artists on the Mississippi-based Malaco, Hill's

material has a distinctly southern flavor. Check out Cheatin in

the Next Room and Slippin In.

5.Little Milton: Greatest Hits (Chess/MCA): Milton is a

multi-faceted talent along the same lines as B.B. King -- an

outstanding singer, and an excellent guitarist (though you won't

hear him take as many solos as King) The Greatest Hits showcases

his soul-oriented approach, his voice framed in often pristine

sounding large-band arrangements. …

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