Various Artists

A Taste Of The Blues, Vol. 1

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After his tenure at Chess Records, Lenoir made a handful of 45s for a variety of smaller Chicago labels and this 25 track compilation of largely obscure sides from the Vee-Jay vaults is where you go to find one of them. Although the singular reason for its listing here is the inclusion of the a-side of J.B.'s lone Vee-Jay single( the rocking "Do What I Say"), there's plenty of other classic tracks aboard by Elmore James ("The 12 Year Old Boy" and his original version of "It Hurts Me Too"), Jimmy Reed ("Boogie In The Dark"), Billy Boy Arnold ("Don't Stay Out All Night"), Eddie Taylor ("Bad Boy"), John Lee Hooker ("Tupelo") and the highly unheralded Morris Pejoe ("Hurt My Feelings"). The J.B. track, a thinly disguised version of Ray Charles' "What'd I Say," is a rockin' lost gem.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:36 Spotify
2 02:58 Spotify
3
02:50 Spotify
4
02:48 Spotify
5 03:27 Spotify
6 02:52 Spotify
7 02:52 Spotify
8 02:44
9 02:59 Spotify
10 03:24 Spotify
11 02:41 Spotify
12 03:09 Spotify
13 02:36 Spotify
14 03:04 Spotify
15 03:05
16 02:40 Spotify
17 02:32 Spotify
18 02:16 Spotify
19
02:25 Spotify
20 02:34 Spotify
21 02:14 Spotify
22 02:40 Spotify
23 02:09 Spotify
24 02:02 Spotify
25 03:22 Spotify
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