- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
It Ain't Easy Original recording remastered
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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!
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent album from 1971. One side produced by and featuring Elton John and his band. The other side produced by and featuring Rod Stewart and his band.Published 10 months ago by Jamie
John Baldry is a legend, I love the unknown at the time piano player - Elton John!Published 12 months ago by Mike Hall
Had the album since '71. So pleased this is out on CD. Amazing voice. One of the best albums EVER!!!! Thank you!Published 14 months ago by Kate Kato
Brilliant wonderful masterpiece of a recording by the late lamented master of English blues. A standard to measure everything that came after it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Keith Manaton
The Voice of the Blues. Fabulous sounds a must to a collectionPublished 21 months ago by longwayround
Ive been after this for years,rod stewart & Elton john fans will love itPublished 24 months ago by scouse515
Firstly, this is the one to get. It is the expanded version if you have doubts - at least my one is!
Best LJB album - other lengthy reviews tell you why and they're spot on. Read more
I loved his voice when I was in my teens. I was puzzled by the later material that gave him hits -but know some of the history now. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by maggi.d