It's The Blues Man!
CAT # OBCCD-513-25
1. Down On My Knees 2:26 2. Don't Take My Heart 2:29 3. Daddy, Please Don't Cry 3:15 4. Have Mercy On Me 3:06 5. Saturday Night Stomp 2:29 6. I'm Gonna Forget You 3:30 7. I Tried 3:04 8. Man Of Stone 2:01 9. I'm Going To Keep Loving You 2:29 10. Train Done Gone 2:33 11. Something's Gone Wrong In My Life 2:56 12. Baby You Know It's True 2:58
For some reason, producers at Prestige were fond of backing rough-hewn, down-home blues stylists with more musically sophisticated New York studio musicians.Sometimes it worked, though usually it didn't. In the case of It's the Blues Man!, produced by Esmond Edwards for the short-lived Prestige Tru-Sound subsidiary in two sessions during the winter of 1961-62, the polish of the King Curtis band, which included second saxophonist Oliver Nelson, rhythm guitarist Billy Butler, and pianists George Stubbs and Herman Foster, detracted not at all from the impassioned vocal delivery and the electrified rural guitar assault of Eddie Kirkland. Born in Jamaica, bred in Alabama, and based in Detroit, where he frequently worked and recorded with John Lee Hooker, Kirkland had a prolific if rather obscure recording career, but this long-out-of-print album, much sought after by record collectors, is perhaps his most intense.
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