- Released: April 15, 1997
- Label: Avenue Records
JazzTimes - 6/7, p.103
"...A collection of early live performances, recorded when Ford was 21 and coming into his own as a solo artist, it highlights the guitarist's signature searing style..."
- 1.Sweet Sixteen
- 2.You Drive a Hard Bargain
- 3.It's My Own Fault
- 4.You Don't Know What Love Is
- 5.My Time After Awhile
- 6.Raining in My Heart
- 7.Blue & Lonesome
Personnel: Robben Ford (vocals, guitar, saxophone); Paul Nagle (keyboards); Stan Poplin (bass); Jim Baum (drums).
Recorded live at the Ash Grove, Hollywood, California in 1972 and at the Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, California. Includes liner notes by Clarence Atkins.
Digitally remastered by Alan Yoshida (A&M Mastering, Hollywood, California).
Personnel: Robben Ford (vocals, guitar).
Audio Remasterers: Alan Yoshida; Larry Goetz.
Liner Note Author: Clarence Atkins.
Recording information: Ash Grove, Hollywood, CA (1972-1978); Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, CA (1972-1978).
Editor: Pat Sullivan.
Discovering the Blues is culled from a series of concerts Robben Ford gave in the early '70s at Huntington Beach's Golden Bear and Ash Grove in Hollywood. At the time, Ford was just beginning his career, and his style wasn't nearly as accomplished as it would later be. Instead, he simply burns, tearing through blues classics with a passion and vigor -- there is a joy of discovery in his playing which makes the music nearly transcendent, even with its flaws. Discovering the Blues is rawer than most records in Ford's catalog, but any serious fan will find it a necessary addition to their collection. ~ Thom Owens