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Black and Blue/Tobacco Road [Remaster]

  • 1. Roll 'Em Pete
    2. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
    3. How Long, How Long Blues
    4. Everyday I Have the Blues
    5. St. James Infirmary
    6. Black and Blue, (What Did I Do to Be So)
    7. Gloomy Sunday - (previously unreleased)
    8. Kansas City
    9. Goin' to Chicago Blues
    10. Trouble in Mind
    11. World of Trouble
    12. Six Cold Feet of Ground
    13. Strange Fruit
    14. Tobacco Road
    15. Cotton Fields
    16. Rockin' Chair
    17. Stormy Weather
    18. Ol' Man River
    19. Blues For a Four-String Guitar
    20. St. Louis Blues
    21. Georgia on My Mind
    22. Sentimental Journey
    23. Summertime
    24. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 54957

  • Credits
    ProducerNik Venet

    Personnel: Lou Rawls (vocals); Gene Edwards (guitar); Curtis Amy (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Alexander Nelson (alto saxophone); Lou Ciotti, Jay Migliori (tenor saxophone); Jack Nimitz (baritone saxophone); Bob Rolfe, Bobby Bryant , Bud Brisbois (trumpet); Horace Tapscott, Lou Blackburn, Lester Robertson (trombone); Bob Knight (bass trombone); Richard "Groove" Holmes (organ); Jim Crutcher (bass instrument); Leroy Henderson (drums).
    This excellent twofer brings together a pair of albums Lou Rawls recorded for Capitol in the early 1960s. Both sessions feature Rawls with a hard-swinging big band and flanked by a three-strong saxophone section and the soul-jazz organist Richard "Groove" Holmes. The results, as one might expect, are both raucous and smoky. And while Rawls wouldn't hit his stride commercially until 1966's LOU RAWLS LIVE, he sounds utterly in command here.
    Both BLACK AND BLUE and TOBACCO ROAD focus on jazz and blues standards, including George Gershwin's "Summertime," Hoagy Carmichael's "Rockin' Chair," W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," and John D. Loudermilk's "Tobacco Road," which would become Rawls's signature tune. The artist's rugged, soulful singing is the perfect match for the well-arranged big band, and the 2006 CD-issue of these classic albums is a welcome arrival.

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