I Pity the Fool: The Duke Recordings, Vol. One
 : I Pity the Fool: The Duke Recordings, Vol. One

by: Bobby "Blue" Bland

Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0008811066529
Format: Box set
Item Dimensions: 10055045525
Label: MCA / Duke
Languages: EnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: MCA / Duke
Number Of Discs: 2
Number Of Items: 2
Publication Date: December 22, 1992
Publisher: MCA / Duke
Release Date: December 22, 1992
Studio: MCA / Duke

Disc 1:
  1. I.O.U. Blues
  2. Lovin' Blues
  3. No Blow No Show
  4. Wise Man's Blues
  5. Army Blues
  6. It's My Life Baby
  7. Lost Lover's Blues
  8. Honey Bee
  9. Time Out
  10. You Or None (Alternate)
  11. A Million Miles From Nowhere
  12. You Or None
  13. I Woke Up Screaming
  14. I Can't Put You Down Baby
  15. You've Got Bad Intentions
  16. I Don't Believe
  17. I Learned My Lesson
  18. Don't Want No Woman
  19. I Smell Trouble
  20. Sometime Tomorrow
  21. Farther Up The Road
  22. Teach Me (How To Love You)
Disc 2:
  1. Bobby's Blues
  2. Loan Me A Helping Hand
  3. You Got Me (Where You Want Me)
  4. Last Night
  5. Little Boy Blue
  6. I Lost Sight Of The World (LP Version)
  7. You Did Me Wrong
  8. I Lost Sight Of The World (Single Version)
  9. I'm Not Ashamed
  10. Wishing Well
  11. Is It Real?
  12. That's Why
  13. Hold Me Tenderly
  14. Someday
  15. I'll Take Care Of You
  16. Cry, Cry, Cry
  17. Lead Me On
  18. I've Been Wrong So Long
  19. I Pity The Fool
  20. Close To You
  21. Two Steps From The Blues
  22. Don't Cry No More
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Editorial Review:
Because he wasn't a guitarist, a songwriter, or a particularly acrobatic performer, Bobby "Blue" Bland was perhaps the only major rhythm-and-bluesman who never really found favor among white audiences. Nevertheless, he still enjoyed about two decades' worth of R&B hits, and his suave, whisper-to-a-scream vocals--capped by a trademark throaty squall--influenced generations of singers (Van Morrison, most notably). Dating from 1952 to 1961, this 44-song set contains all highlights from Bland's first decade of hits: the perfectly relaxed, loping shuffle of "Farther Up the Road," the avuncular warmth of "I'll Take Care of You," and the unbridled anger of the title track, for openers. Everything's framed by unusually sophisticated horn arrangements and some fine, Texas-style blues guitar licks, but Bland's vocals on "It's My Life Baby" and--especially--"Little Boy Blue" are volcanic masterworks of almost frightening intensity and control. --Don Waller

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