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Bobby "Blue" Bland - Blues at Midnight

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    Personnel: Bobby "Blue" Bland (vocals); Vinnie Grizell, James "Boo Boo" Davis (vocals); Jimmy Johnson , Larry Byrom, Will McFarlane (guitar); Jim Horn (flute, baritone saxophone); Doug Moffat (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Harvey Thompson (tenor sa......more

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Artist: Bland, Bobby "Blue"
Personnel: Bobby "Blue" Bland (vocals); Vinnie Grizell, James "Boo Boo" Davis (vocals); Jimmy Johnson , Larry Byrom, Will McFarlane (guitar); Jim Horn (flute, baritone saxophone); Doug Moffat (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Harvey Thompson (tenor saxophone); Gary Armstrong, Vinnie Ciesielski, Jim Williamson, Steve Patrick (trumpet, flugelhorn); Charles Rose (trombone); Clayton Ivey (grand piano, Wurlitzer piano, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ); Carson Whitsett (grand piano, Wurlitzer organ); David Hood (bass guitar); James Robertson, George Lawrence (drums); Freddie Young, Jewel Bass, Valeria Kashimuri (background vocals); Reggie Young , Sam Mosley (guitar); Roger Hawkins (drums). Liner Note Authors: Wolf Stephenson; Bobby "Blue" Bland. Recording information: Emerald Studios, Nashville, TN; Malaco Recording Studios, Jackson, MS; Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, AL. Photographer: Wolf Stephenson. In several important respects, Blues at Midnight is what an album by a major septuagenarian blues singer should be. The production is straight-ahead and dignified, and very much in Bland's time-honored tributary about halfway between blues and soul, with plenty of organ and some brass. The songs are a little on the generic side, but they're suitable, lightly melancholy vehicles for Bland's subdued persona. While Bobby's voice sounds thinner and more weathered than it did several decades previously, as could be expected from a 73-year-old, it's still in decent, expressive shape. Where this disc falls down is in the repeated insertions of Bland's trademark tic: a full-on snort, just as blatant as someone gauchely imitating a heavy snorer. That might seem like a small thing to pick on, but if this were anyone other than Bland, no one would have allowed any of those irritating snorts on the record, let alone dozens of them. It's an unfortunate blemish on what's otherwise a reasonably respectable session, which leans toward the side of the blues repertoire that's...
See Also:
I Pity the Fool: The Duke Recordings, Vol. 1, Together for the First Time...Live, The Anthology, His California Album, Two Steps from the Blues, Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: The Duke Recordings
See Influences:
T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Herb Jeffries, Rosco Gordon, Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartman, Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller), Rev. C.L. Franklin, Johnny Ace (Piano), Ray Brown (Bass), Billy Eckstine, Blind Lemon Jefferson
See Contemporaries:
Floyd Miles, Etta James, Johnny Copeland, Chick Willis, Willie Nix, Larry Davis, Johnnie Taylor, B.B. King, Mel Waiters, Johnny Ace (Piano), Johnny Adams, Z.Z. Hill, Jesse Belvin, Lowell Fulson, Junior Parker, Ike Turner, Earl Forest, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Little Johnny Taylor, Pat Hare, Little Milton, The Carter Brothers, Tyrone Davis, Joe Hinton, Percy Mayfield, Otis Rush, Rosco Gordon, Andrew Odom
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Where Do I Go from Here
  2. 2 I Caught the Blues from Someone Else
  3. 3 You Hit the Nail on the Head
  4. 4 I've Got the Blues at Midnight
  5. 5 Baby What's Wrong With You
  6. 6 What a Wonderful World
  7. 7 My Sunday's Comin' Soon
  8. 8 This Man-Woman Thing
  9. 9 Only Thing Missing Is You, The
  10. 10 I'm a Blues Man
  11. 11 Ghetto Nights
Malaco Records
Wolf Stephenson; Tommy Couch; Tommy Couch, Jr.; Wolf Stephenson; Tommy Couch; Tommy Couch, Jr.
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
58 : 41
Editorial Reviews:
Living Blues (6/03, p.57) - "...His murmured autobiographical asides sound heartfelt and spontaneous....The ultimate message is hopeful..." Mojo (Publisher) (4/03, p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...11 smouldering tunes..."
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