Friday, August 28, 2015

Little Joe Blue - It's My Turn Now

Little Joe Blue, born Joseph Valery, Jr., was a relatively late starter as a blues artist. Born in Mississippi in 1934, his musical sensibilities were heavily influenced by the work of Louis Jordan, Joe Liggins, and B.B. King, which he encountered from his teens into his 20s. He didn't turn to music as a profession until the late '50s, when he was well into his twenties, forming his band the Midnighters in Detroit at the end of the decade. By the early '60s, Valery had moved to Reno, Nevada, where he began recording as an adjunct to his performances in local clubs before moving on to Los Angeles. He recorded for various labels, including Kent and Chess' Checker Records division during the early to mid-'60s, and never entirely escaped the criticism that he was a B.B. King imitator, which dogged him right into the '80s. The style that King popularized also happened to suit Valery, however, and he gained some credibility in 1966 when he racked up a modest hit in 1966 with the song "Dirty Work Is Going On," which has since become a blues standard. He had extended stints with Jewel Records and Chess from the late '60s into the early '70s, and recorded until the end of the '80s. Valery performed throughout the south, and later Texas and California, during that decade, and later toured Europe, including performances as part of the International Jazz Fest during the '80s. There is currently one CD of his work in print, the Evejim disc Little Joe Blue's Greatest Hits, a reissue of two LPs, I'm Doing Alright and Dirty Work Going On, that he cut in the '80s. His "Standing on the Threshold," featuring a powerful vocal performance and some beautifully soaring horns behind some lean, mean guitar and piano, also appears on Jewel Spotlights the Blues, Vol. 1. Little Joe passed away in April 1990. (Allmusic - Bruce Eder)
Many Thanks go to Steve W., Richard S. and Gerard for sharing this hard to find LP.



Steve626 said...


Thanks to you, Steve W, Richard S and of course Gerard for sharing some Lil' Joe Blue. He's one of my favorites and always hard to find new music by him. Great to have you back!

marc said...

Is it me or does trk. 4 have distortion on the left channel? Thanks for the post , welcome back.

Xyros said...

@ marc, do you mean starting around 45 sec.? As I don't have the original LP I can't compare but it sounds wierd to me.

Gerard Herzhaft said...

I received a .mp3 copy of this LP that came from a tape that came from maybe another copy of the LP?. I've tried the best I could to enhance the sound but it's not always very easy. Remember that this LP is certainly one of the least easy to find out and we are lucky anyway to be able to hear it thanks to the generosity of Steve and Richard who willingly sent me a copy of this.

Xyros said...

Thank you Gerard for your reply. I never really worry about glitches that sometimes turn up on mp3's. I don't even mind the clicks and ticks that belong to old vinyl LP's all of it has it's charms. The music is provided as it is for our listening pleasure.

marc said...

I was not complaining I was just wondering if the problem was on my end. Glad to hear this rare LP.Thanks for the post .Maybe with the bad pressing the record might have been recalled thus making it scarce.