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Midnight Blues [Time Life]

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Time Life's Midnight Blues collects 18 remastered songs centered around a loose theme of late nights, blues, and heartbreak. The diverse roster of talent combines such blues legends as B.B. King, Big Joe Turner, Percy Mayfield, and Bobby "Blue" Bland with those associated more with R&B or soul than blues in the strictest sense, like Chuck Berry ("Wee Wee Hours"), Aretha Franklin ("Today I Sing the Blues"), Barbara Lynn ("You'll Lose a Good Thing"), and Toussaint McCall ("Nothing Takes the Place of You"). Though better collections of this type of material have been assembled, Midnight Blues remains a solid and enjoyable blues/R&B overview.

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