bobby bland

Yeah, look at him. He bigger than you. When he lets it loose (See: “Yolanda” and “Cold Day In Hell” below), Bobby “Blue” Bland’s nicotine-phlegm coated, mid-song, trademark honking is as immediately recognizable, and identifiable, as a Keith Richards Stones riff. To the Blues faithful, that is.

While I have long been familiar with Bland’s earlier work, it wasn’t until a couple of months ago, through a friend’s recommendation (thanks Thom), that I discovered the man’s early to mid-seventies albums. While less celebrated than his early career output, Dreamer, with its slightly dated production (which only adds to its appeal), is most certainly an album for after the sun goes down. Preferably on the jukebox at your favorite dive bar.

Download:
MP3: Bobby “Blue” Bland :: Cold Day In Hell
MP3: Bobby “Blue” Bland :: Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City
MP3: Bobby “Blue” Bland :: Yolanda
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Amazon: Bobby “Blue” Bland – Dreamer (import)

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Bobby “Blue” Bland & B.B. King :: Live @ The Memphis Blues Festival, 1975

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2 Responses to “Bobby “Blue” Bland :: Dreamer”

  1. Nicotine is right! Sounds like he’s hacking up a lung at the end of Yolanda. Which for some reason reminds me of the awful/awesome lip smack from Colin B at the beginning of She’s Not There.. I can never hear the song the same way.

    This is good stuff, the 70s were a great time for making comeback albums.

  2. Love the BBB sample of Ain’t No Love in Jay Z’s “Heart of the City” on Blueprint as well.

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