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It Ain't Easy Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (24 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Stony Plain
  • ASIN: B000B5S92A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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This is one of those great albums that not everybody will have the opportunity to discover. I mean, if you wasn't there when John Baldry played guitar in Wardour Street, with an old hat full of pennies, and doin' that Boogie Woogie music, maybe you will lose the chance to listen to it. I wasn't there of course! and I am not sure how did I get the recommendation for "It Ain't Easy" but it has been one of the best albums I've ever bought.

It begins with what has been known as Baldry's biggest hit...and what a starter!..."Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock And Roll". It's pure and absolute rock and roll indeed! but the blues and the best pop music are present too all along this record.

"It Ain't Easy" is a song that I first heard with David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust album, and Baldry (With Maggie Bell on the vocals) does a great version of this song in a Stone The Crows' style.

The first part of the album runs produced by Rod Stewart, so if you love his Faces' Era it wont take you long to love this record too. And the other part, produced by Elton John is as good as the first one. It's more oriented to the pop side of the music, but it doesn't sacrify quality. It's curious, but there's a version of a Faces song, "Flying" under Elton John's production, very enjoyable by the way. And that smooth masterpiece, "Let's Burn Down The Cornfield"...WOW! it has it all, piano, guitar, feeling!.

It could be his voice, raised somewhere in the Mississippi and similar to Joe Cocker's...as if they were drinking some whisky or brandy just before they began singing, but the fact is that this guy knew how to do the blues!. I am glad to own a copy of this album...so give a click on "Order Now" and don't forget to put it into your buying cart!
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When Nashville songwriter Ron Davies wrote "It Ain't Easy" for his 1970 LP "Silent Song Through The Land" (A&M SP-4264) - he probably had no idea that huge artists would then take his unknown song and name TWO entire albums after it - THREE DOG NIGHT in 1970 and (LONG) JOHN BALDRY in 1971. Many will also be aware of the song through David Bowie's cover on Side 1 of 1972's "Ziggy Stardust". Even Dave Edmunds had a go for his debut album "Rockpile" on Regal Zonophone - also in 1972 (see separate review). "It Ain't Easy" was just one of those cool rock tracks that lent itself to other artists who then somehow made it 'their' song. Baldry (who loved bluesy based acoustic tunes) was also clearly partial to its charms (lyrics above)...

The LP "It Ain't Easy" was released on Warner Brothers WS 1921 in June 1971 in the USA and on Warner Brothers K 46088 in the UK. This 2005 CD reissue (Warner Brothers 8122784642) bolsters up the original 9-track album with 6 bonus outtakes and 1 Radio Spot. The cover uses the US artwork (the UK front and rear sleeve was different, but is unfortunately not featured anywhere on this reissue) while the booklet provides session details for each song (excepting the bonus tracks). The recording of the album also involved a large cast of British rock notables (all listed below) - but first here's a detailed track-by-track breakdown (69:11 minutes):

ORIGINAL VINYL ALBUM
1. Intro: Conditional Discharge
2. Don't Try To Lay No Boogie-Woogie On The King Of Rock And Roll [Jeff Thomas song]
3. Black Girl [Huddie Ledbetter aka Leadbelly cover]
4. It Ain't Easy [Ron Davies song]
5. Morning, Morning [Fugs cover]
6. I'm Ready [Willie Dixon song/Muddy Waters cover]
7. Let's Burn Down The Cornfield [Randy Newman cover]
8. Mr.
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Long John Baldry started out as a vocalist with Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated, appearimg on some of their most memorable tracks. He then truck out on a solo career, recording two blues albums for United Artists (Looking At Long John Baldry: The UA Years 1964-1966). Surprisingly these made little impact and he signed to Pye records, cutting tracks on the pop end of the spectrum in search of a hit (Let The Heartaches Begin). He had a major success with `Let The Heartaches Begin'. After three years of success he decided it was time to return to the blues, his first love. He signed to Warner, and recorded this cracking album in 1971.

Baldry's voice was a magnificent instrument. Suited for blues, soul, gospel and crooning, he could turn it to almost anything. Here he used it to magnificent effect on a set of fast and slow blues. Baldry's voice has a warmth and intensity that really draws you in and keeps you listening. On slow burners such as Black Girl or Flying he is totally mesmerising. And when he winds himself up for belting out the fast rockers, such as the opening Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie it is a powerful performance.

Backed by a talented band, including Elton John, and produced by Elton John and Rod Stewart, Baldry has a backing and production that is of the same quality as his voice and sympathetic to his style. In all aspects it is a classic recording.

Included here are several tracks left off the original album.
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