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Unmatched: The Very Best Of

  • 1. I Just Tripped on a Piece of Your Broken Heart
    2. I'm a Blues Man
    3. I Need Your Love So Bad
    4. Tonight's the Night (It's Gonna Be Alright)
    5. Ain't No Sunshine
    6. If I Don't Get Involved
    7. Members Only
    8. I Just Won't Be Your Fool Anymore
    9. Truth Will Set You Free, The
    10. Get Your Money Where You Spend Your Time
    11. Second Hand Heart
    12. Sad Street
    13. When Hearts Grow Cold
    14. There's No Easy Way to Say Goodbye
    15. After All
    16. Heart Open Up Again
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7538

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Barney Hoskyns.
    Recording information: Malaco Studios, Jackson, MS; Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, AL.
    Bobby Bland's gospel-inflected vocals and sophisticated phrasing set him aside from the typical R&B blues singer, and he continued to stand aside in the genre throughout his long career -- if he didn't exactly end up a household name, he well should have. He was years removed from his legacy-establishing recordings for the Chess, Modern, and Duke imprints from the 1950s and 1960s when he signed with Malaco Records in 1985, and with his voice starting to show the wear of age and of countless nights of singing, it's easy to be ready to dismiss the nine albums he did for the label between 1985 and 2003. But that would be a mistake, as this 16-track compilation of some of the best sides he did for Malaco clearly shows. There's more to a singer than timbre and range. There's also heart and soul. ~ Steve Leggett

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (p.73) - "[T]he disc is nice sampling of late-career material from one of the great blues vocalists."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.95) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Bland proves he's still integral to soul's evolution with the likes of 'I'm A Blues Man'..."
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