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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking at Long John Baldry - The beginnings of a legend, 28 Sep 2009
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Looking At Long John Baldry: The UA Years 1964-1966 (Audio CD)
For several years, Long John Baldry had been a singer with famous blues outfits, notably making his first appearance on record with Alexis Korner's Blue Incorporated. Having paid his dues he was recognised as a great singer and given the chanc to record in his own right. His first two albums for the UA label, `Long John's Blues' and `Looking at Long John' are presented here, along with various singles, mono versions, alternate takes, and the piece de resistance, three tracks recorded in a session with Ottilie Patterson, Britain's finest blues/jazz singer, often regarded as our very own Bessie Smith.

The repertoire is mainly blues/soul standards, with a hint of gospel thrown into the mix. The tracks have been well chosen, and suit Baldry's distinctive voice perfectly. The standard here is excellent, it s just a joy to hear this supreme master making the most of well known favourites.

The bonus tracks are pretty good, and add to the album, especially those with Patterson. They clearly got along famously at the recording session and had a lot of fun. Even more of a bonus, Rod Stewart also appears in the session.

The sound quality is excellent, and the liner notes contain an interesting and extensive essay.

Sadly these releases never achieved the success they deserved, and Baldry would soon go down the pop route in search of a chart hit, which he found with `let the heartaches begin'. Later he would come back to the blues fold with his critically acclaimed `It Ain't Easy' album. But the recordings presented here are among some of his best.

5 stars for an excellent presentation of two great albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Memories, 21 Aug 2013
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C. Lyne "colin@colinlyne.co.uk" (Richmond Yorkshire.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Looking At Long John Baldry: The UA Years 1964-1966 (Audio CD)
Excellent material from the sadly missed LJB. First heard ( and saw) LJB at the Twisted Wheel in Manchester, when Rod Stewart was backing vocal. "Up Above My Head" has always remained in my mind. Spent many a time in the company of Rod Stewart, chatting in the Nags Head in the next street.......memories. This brings it all back!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good R&B, 26 Feb 2013
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The Baldry R&B tracks are great, but the record label obviously wanted Long John to become a Pop-idol, so there is a load of unseemly stuff here (though thankfully no "let the heartaches begin) or "Mexico"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reissue, 17 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Looking At Long John Baldry: The UA Years 1964-1966 (Audio CD)
Have enjoyed Long John for years. He is sadly missed. This cd is a great reissue filling a void in my collection replacing earlier vinyl.
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