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This review is from: Two Steps from the Blues (Audio CD)
Good God almighty! If you have any affinity for any kind of music, buy this album! The effect this astonishing collection of singles had is still felt more than forty years after its initial release. The songs are simply stunning, and Bland's voice is truly phenomenal. Any singer who ever belted out a single note OWES Bobby "Blue" Bland. For those who have heard nothing but the man's latter day work with Malaco, this is nothing short of a revelation. This was one of the most amazing voices on God's green earth. He's somehow like a cross between Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, and Brook Benton, but with the strength of all three combined. Listening to this will make you realize how right B.B. King was when he said, "Me and Little Milton, we did alright, but NOBODY could move a crowd like Bobby Bland."
My only complaint is that these songs and the album itself are over far too early. Some of the songs barely make it over two minutes, but that was how they were done in those days. But I can't stress the greatness of this album and the magnitude of its impact enough. Along with James Brown's Live At the Apollo, this is arguably the most important and influential Soul album of all time.