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His last album. It all started when rock producer LIJ and musician Chris King went to visit Rosco Gordon in his New York appartment. Forgotten by the industry, Rosco was alive and well. The first takes, piano, some guitar, and vocals were recorded that day at his appartment. Rosco was still a strong vocalist and fine player. Back in Nashville a bunch of great musicians began working on overdubs to bring the raw recordings into shape. But the piano tracks were not usuable. The instrument was too much out of tune. So, back to NYC and into a studio with Rosco, re-doing his piano parts. Meanwhile, Rosoco had accepted an offer from Stony Plain Records that resulted in the excellent 'Memphis, Tennessee' CD. - Being shocked by the attacks of September 11, Rosco wrote 'No Dark In America', the title track of this album. This is a moving document, exciting, soulfully produced and perfectly accompanied by the liner notes. Recommended!

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What Makes You So Tough
Blue Shadows
Wine, Wine, Wine
Ain't Nobody's Business
That's It
Baby Don't Go
Loving Man
Almighty Dollar
We Belong Together
Confessin' The Blues

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding R&B swan song 20 Feb. 2005
By hyperbolium - Published on
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Gordon never became a household name, even in the R&B and blues circles from which he sprang, so it's especially sad that he passed away before he could reap the notoriety that this exceptional album should have brought. Recorded in 10 locations over nearly a half-dozen years, it neatly sums up the off-center R&B that was his forte. There's humor not unlike Rufus Thomas', grooves that cut as deep and soulful as Ike Turner, Charles Brown or Specialty artists like Jesse Belvin and Percy Mayfield. Gordon's loping piano style, still in evidence throughout this album, is often credited as the primary rhythmic inspiration for Ska (and thus Reggae).

This epitaph captures all that was great about Gordon. The title track responds to 9/11 with a celebratory, soulful love letter to the USA, and "Cheese & Crackers" showcases his performance tuned humor. Gordon's off-kilter delivery, whether on piano or in his vocals, adds a unique edge to everything he plays. The straight-ahead blues progression of "Early in the Morning" is taken for an original ride through Gordon's wailing, cantering vocal, and the horn-driven "That's What You Do To Me" has a wonderfully jumpy quality. Even the piano ballad "I Am the One" sparks an original mix of Lieber & Stoller 50s-isms and Stax-like soul.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Treat Yourself 5 Jun. 2006
By Stephen Boord - Published on
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I picked up this disc after recently watching Martin Scorsese's documentary on blues music. Rosco Gordon was the most likable person in the film, and I was curious to sample some of his music. Simply put, this album rocks. It was clearly performed and recorded with a lot of passion, and it comes through in the music. My whole family loves this album. Go ahead...treat yourself. It's worth every penny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably great album 8 July 2010
By Foreign Car Guy - Published on
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It was a hot summer day two days ago and I was working underneath a car. It was slow, dirty and sweaty work and I heard the song "You Look Bad When You're Naked" . The song stuck in my head (and it will yours too) for two years until I got around to seriously finding out about the man who it came from.

I'm glad I did.

Authentic and touching. This album delivers. One of the best albums I own.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One great song 26 Mar. 2007
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"You Look Bad When You're Naked" is a great song, with hilarious lyrics and a funky sound (due to a dilapidated piano), but the rest of the songs on this CD vary from decent to blah. The title track (written after 9/11) is touching.
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