Bobby Bland – Two Steps From The Blues (1961/2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Bobby Bland – Two Steps From The Blues (1961/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 34:30 minutes | 397 MB | Genre: Blues
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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.

1. Bobby Bland – Two Steps From The Blues (Remastered)
2. Bobby Bland – Cry, Cry, Cry (Remastered)
3. Bobby Bland – I’m Not Ashamed (Remastered)
4. Bobby Bland – Don’t Cry No More (Remastered)
5. Bobby Bland – Lead Me On (Remastered)
6. Bobby Bland – I Pity The Fool (Remastered)
7. Bobby Bland – I’ve Just Got To Forget You (Remastered)
8. Bobby Bland – Little Boy Blue (Remastered)
9. Bobby Bland – St. James Infirmary (Remastered)
10. Bobby Bland – I’ll Take Care Of You (Remastered)
11. Bobby Bland – I Don’t Want No Woman (Remastered)
12. Bobby Bland – I’ve Been Wrong So Long (Remastered)
13. Bobby Bland – How Does A Cheatin’ Woman Feel? (Remastered)
14. Bobby Bland – Close To You (Remastered)