Doctor Ross

Doctor Ross, the Harmonica Boss

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Known alternately as Doctor Ross, the Harmonica Boss, I'd Rather Be an Old Woman's Baby Than a Young Woman's Slave, or simply The Harmonica Boss, this combines earlier singles and album tracks recorded for Detroit's Fortune and Hi-Q imprints. Some of the tracks here -- like the original version of "Cat Squirrel" -- are cut in mono while the stereo sides emanate from a chaotic and rough and tumble session with the good Doctor being backed by a group known as the Disciples of Soul. This album differs greatly from his better one-man band sides, as everything on here finds Doctor Ross backed by a full band. He negotiates his way through some Sonny Boy Williamson material ("My Black Name Ringing," "Biscuit Baking Woman"), but it's the quirky originals like "I'd Rather Be an Old Woman's Baby Than a Young Woman's Slave" and "I Am Not Dead" (and the line about "arresting my baby, cause she smokin' that dope" in "Good Things Come to My Mind") that make this one well worth hunting down.