J.B. Lenoir The Blues (Expanded Edition)
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- Released: June 12, 2012
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Fuel 2000 Records, Inc.
- $0.99 on iTunes1.The Mojo (Take 1)
- $0.99 on iTunes2.(I Wanna) Play A Little While
- $0.99 on iTunes3.Let's Roll (Take 2)
- $0.99 on iTunes4.Louise
- $0.99 on iTunes5.How Much More?
- $0.99 on iTunes6.I'll Die Tryin'
- $0.99 on iTunes7.I Want My Baby (Take 4)
- $0.99 on iTunes8.How Can I leave
- $0.99 on iTunes9.I Feel So Good
- $0.99 on iTunes10.I Sing Um The Way I Feel
- $0.99 on iTunes11.I Want To Know (Live)
- $0.99 on iTunes12.J.B.'s Harp-Rack Blues (Live)
- $0.99 on iTunes13.My Dear Old Mother (Live)
- $0.99 on iTunes14.Alabama Blues (Live)
- $0.99 on iTunes15.Mama Talk To YOur Daughter
- $0.99 on iTunes16.Louise (Live)
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Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
At first listen, J.B. Lenoir might not impress. He was a rudimentary guitar player, generally using slow to midtempo Jimmy Reed-like blues progressions, and his voice was high-pitched and could waver at times, sometimes resembling a screech more than anything else. But first impressions can be deceiving. Lenoir was passionate and intelligent, with a strong personal and political agenda, and all these traits combine to make his body of work unlike any other player in the blues genre. This collection brings together a rather random selection of singles (including 1955's "Mama Talk to Your Daughter," the only national hit Lenoir ever had), alternate takes (the lead track, "The Mojo," is a delightful first-take shuffle complete with saxophone), and several live cuts, including a striking version of the stark, haunting "Alabama Blues." It's a bit of a hit-or-miss selection, and it doesn't make a great introduction to Lenoir, but there are enough high moments here to make it worth seeking out for fans of this one-of-a-kind blues artist. ~ Steve Leggett
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