- Released: September 10, 1996
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Delmark
JazzTimes - 3/97, p.78
"...Unparalleled passion in his vocals, tough licks and earthy vibes..."
- 1.Why I Love the Blues
- 2.Little Red Rooster
- 3.4:00 in the Morning (Waiting on You)
- 4.You Done Lost Your Good Thing - (previously unreleased, alternate take)
- 5.Five Long Years
- 6.Dust My Broom
- 7.Every Night About This Time - (previously unreleased)
- 8.Love Me Mama
- 9.The Sky Is Crying
- 10.Help Me
- 11.You Done Lost You Good Thing Now
- 12.Bloomington Closer - (previously unreleased)
- 13.Little Red Rooster - (previously unreleased, alternate take, Alternate Version)
- 14.Walking from Door to Door - (previously unreleased)
LOVE ME MAMA contains two previously unreleased songs and several unreleased alternate takes.
Recorded in 1969. Includes liner notes by Bob Koester and Jim Fishel.
Personnel: Luther Allison (vocals, guitar); Jimmy Dawkins (guitar); Jimmy Conley (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bobby Davis , Bob Richey, Bob Davis (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Jim Fishel; Robert G. Koester.
Recording information: Sound studios (06/24/1969-06/25/1969).
Photographer: Tom Copi.
Although it has its moments -- particularly on the title track -- Luther Allison's debut album, Love Me Mama, is on the whole uneven, featuring more mediocre tracks than killer cuts. Nevertheless, it offers intriguing glimpses of the style he would later develop. ~ Thom Owens