Monday, April 9, 2018

Bobby Bland - His California Album 1973

This one is a personal favorite. The move to covering some more contemporary music had to create some mixed emotions in the Soul Blues world. If you were a songwriter you couldn't help but be excited about the idea of Bobby covering one of your songs. If you were a singer like Luther Ingram, you had to experience some amount of fear that Bobby might take your big hit and make it his own: moving you one seat back as it were. Bobby's cover of Ingram's "If Loving You Is Wrong" is the perfect example. I find myself wishing Bobby had hooked up with someone like Dan Penn for a whole slew of Southern Soul that would likely have been epic...sadly that didn't really materialize.

"This Time I'm Gone For Good" was the big hit here, but the Ingram cover is easily as good as is "Up And Down World". All in all it is an excellent album of Southern Soul/Blues that was as good as anything released in a very fertile period for the genre. Even where the material might not be perfect, Bobby's masterful vocals save the track. I might not be all that enthusiastic about the use of strings in the production, but in general they are mixed far enough into the background to be tolerable. A winner in my book!

4 comments:

KingCake said...

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pmac said...

Had this one years ago, but (like most damn things in my life), managed to lose it. Thx for the post, my friend.

Kurt hricz said...

Mille grazie

rivercityslim said...

I have damn near everything Bobby 'Blue' Bland ever recorded. Damn near all of it is at least good; much of it is absolutely great. This album and the follow-up 'Dreamer' are among my favorites. So although I don't need to download them, I felt compelled to editorialize. ;-)

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