Various Artists

A Taste Of The Blues, Vol. 1

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AllMusic Review by Cub Koda

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 Jimmy Reed 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
2 Eddie Taylor 02:58 SpotifyAmazon
3
L.C. McKinley 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
4
Earl Phillips 02:48 SpotifyAmazon
5 Morris Pejoe 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
6 Priscilla Bowman / Jay McShann 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
7 Billy Boy Arnold 02:52 SpotifyAmazon
8 Billy "The Kid" Emerson 02:44
9 Eddie Taylor 02:59 SpotifyAmazon
10 Camille Howard 03:24 SpotifyAmazon
11 Snooky Pryor 02:41 SpotifyAmazon
12 Pee Wee Crayton 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
13 Pee Wee Crayton 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
14 Elmore James 03:04 SpotifyAmazon
15 Elmore James 03:05
16 Billy Boy Arnold 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
17 Jimmy Reed 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
18 Jimmy Witherspoon 02:16 SpotifyAmazon
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Jimmy Witherspoon 02:25 SpotifyAmazon
20 John Lee Hooker 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
21 Harold Burrage 02:14 SpotifyAmazon
22 Rosco Gordon 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
23 Rosco Gordon 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
24 J.B. Lenoir 02:02 SpotifyAmazon
25 John Lee Hooker 03:22 SpotifyAmazon
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