Bobby Charles

Mr. Bobby Charles’ 1972 self-titled release may be, at times, a chore to track down (import), [note: this is in reference to cd/vinyl) but such efforts are more than rewarded from the moment you press play. Like Link Wray’s early seventies albums, Louisiana native Bobby Charles was making and recording music akin to the sounds The Band were exploring, up north, at the big pink house in upstate New York. The Band comparisons don’t stop there, as here, Charles is aided by Rick Danko, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm.

Charles also performed with The Band at their, Martin Scorsese filmed, farewell concert, The Last Waltz. Charles reportedly laid into a spirited version of “Down South in New Orleans”, joined by the The Band and fellow New Orleanian Dr. John. While not captured on film, the performance of “Down South in New Orleans” was later recorded by Charles, Levon Helm and Rick Danko, appearing on The Last Waltz box set edition (see track below).

Elsewhere: Bobby Charles – A Lost Legend (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Download:

MP3: Bobby Charles :: Street People
MP3: Bobby Charles :: Small Town Talk

MP3: Bobby Charles & The Band :: Down South In New Orleans
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Amazon: Bobby Charles – S/T (import)

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6 Responses to “Bobby Charles :: 1972 Self-Titled Long Player”

  1. Another point of comparison for this under-the-radar near-masterpiece is Doug Sahm, who laid down a great version of Bobby’s “Tennessee Blues” for his 1973 Texas Tornado LP. It’s probably not a coincidence that Dr. John was a session man for both recordings.

  2. This album is available for $9.99 on iTunes, so thankfully it is not that “hard to track down.”

  3. david, to be clear, i was referring to cd/vinyl.

  4. I just bought this LP off of itunes based on these two songs alone, and it doesn’t disappoint! I’d heard about it years ago, but just needed a kick in the pants I suppose. Thanks for another fine recommendation.

  5. Bobby Charles died today. Bless the man.

  6. Yes the Cd and V , I wish I could come across an ole Corner-cut , you have a better chance finding one un-opened. It’s a damn shame that Michael Jackson can die and have his name everywhere you turn but when a real Musician dies its a different story. Every time I’m down in New Orleans I will always think about Bobby Charles! I almost saw him at Jazz Fest in 07′ he was suppose to show up with Sonny Landreth and Mac (Dr. John).

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