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Bobby Bland - Two Steps From The Blues (Reissue)

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Two Steps from the Blues is the debut album by Bobby Bland, in 1961. It compiles five songs recorded between 1956 and 1960 and seven songs recorded in two sessions from August 3 to November 12, 1960. The sessions took place in the Universal Studio in Chicago, where Bland and his backing band moved after a series of successful singles and albums. The backing band was composed of Joe Scott and Melvin Jackson (trumpet), Pluma Davis (trombone), Robert Skinner and L. A. Hill (tenor saxophone), Rayfield Devers (baritone saxophone), Teddy Reynolds (piano), Clarence Holloman (guitar on some tracks, notably "I Don't Want No Woman," where Bobby Bland shouts, "Look out, Clarence!" in the middle of the guitar solo), Wayne Bennett (guitar on other tracks), Hamp Simmons (bass), and John "Jabo" Starks (drums). Scott also served as an arranger.

The album was critically and commercially successful. It produced two singles, "I Pity The Fool" and "Don't Cry No More", which charted at number 1 and 2 on the Billboard R&B chart, respectively. Two Steps from the Blues was ranked at number 217 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Release info

Label: DOL DOL1518H
Format: Vinyl, LP, Reissue
Country: Europe
Released: 2016
Genre: Funk / Soul, Blues
Style: Rhythm & Blues, Soul


A1 Two Steps From The Blues
A2 Cry Cry Cry
A3 I'm Not Ashamed
A4 Don't Cry No More
A5 Lead Me On
A6 I Pity The Fool
B1 I've Just Got To Forget You
B2 Little Boy Blue
B3 St. James Infirmary
B4 I'll Take Care Of You
B5 I Don't Want No Woman
B6 I've Been Wrong So Long
A7 Close To You
B7 How Does A Cheatin' Woman Feel

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