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HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERon 14 January 2011
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. It must have been a tough choice deciding what to keep, as the extra tracks are of superb quality and really add to the album. Especially the stunning version of the old Robert Johnson standard Love In Vain.

This is an excellent release of a British blues masterpiece. Essential to any collection of blues. Along with the follow up album (Everything Stops for Tea: Remastered & Expanded) this is a highly recommended.
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