Eddie Boyd

The Complete Recordings: 1947-1950

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The title is rather misleading -- this is not Eddie Boyd's "complete recordings," but rather collects everything the artist recorded between 1947 and 1950. As such, this is not the place to find "Five Long Years" or any of the other late-night classics Boyd recorded in the 1950s. Rather, The Complete Recordings 1947-1950 collects the pianist's early recordings for RCA Victor, and what a fine showcase for Boyd's playing this release is. His piano playing dominates the proceedings, being forceful but showing unerring subtlety on many occasions. Boyd was also composing prolifically after the war, and all the selections on this disc are composed by the artist, such as the excellent "Blue Monday Blues" and "I'm Goin' Downtown." Perhaps not the place to start listening to Boyd, but a wonderful release, further enhanced by excellent liner notes.

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