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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Little Joe Blue - I'm Doing All Right Again

Shortly before his death, Little Joe Blue recorded a pair of solid LP's for Evejim Records. Both the albums show Blue at his best, playing slick, urban yet still lowdown blues with terrific production by producer Leon Haywood. The songs are a mix of new originals, mostly written by Haywood, a few cover's as well as a few re-cuts of songs Blue recorded many years before for other labels. These include a new version of his most famous song, the classic "Dirty Work Going On" and "Encourage Me Baby", which he originally did for Jewel. The cover's include Sony Boy #2's "Don't Start Me to Talking" and Little Milton's "How Could You Do It to Me". Throughout the lp's Blue's lead guitar playing is focused and concise, without any silly tricks that plague many blues records. The horn arrangements are terrific throughout as well, especially on the funky "Who".
Little Joe Blue is pretty much forgotten these days, but with a few of his CD's still available we can still remember his terrific music. If you like slick, urban West Coast blues like BB King or Lowell Fulson than you will definitely want to check out the great Little Joe Blue.

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13 comments:

vitaly said...

Thank You, Xyros, for very good album. Best wishes. Vitaly.

Xyros said...

Glad you liked the albums Vitaly.

vitaly said...

Xyros, Vitaly (Nikukius)is the same. Thank You for future posts. Best wishes.

mary said...

Hi my name is Mary. I have a cartoon drawing of a jazz musician titled "Little Joe". the drawing indicated it was drawn in Shiverport, Lousianna 1940.

Is there any information you can give me on this art work.

People keep wanting to buy it from me.

Thanks,

Mary

HM said...

Hi Xyros,
thank you again for all the great postings. Could it be, that you postet 'Dirty Work' twice? Best HM

Big Jimmy said...

Hello Xyros, the zippy link is same as "Little Joe Blue - Dirty Work Going On". Always enjoy your posts! ~Big Jimmy

Xyros said...

Link has been corrected.

Franck Goldwasser said...


Those are decent records, but that's not Joe playing guitar, it's a studio guy.

Xyros said...

Thank you for the info Franck. I've never really liked these LP's but it's still a disappointment to read that Little Joe didn't do the guitar work. Wonder why they or Joe himself chose not to do it.

Franck Goldwasser said...

Joe played rudimentary but very soulful BB-inspired guitar, and he would have been more than up to the task, but evidently Leon Haywood felt that a generic-sounding, rock-influenced guitar player would help sell more records. Go figure...

Bob Mac said...

Has anyone found out the name of the guitarist who plays those dynamite solos of LJB's Soul Set 45 from the live blues festival?

Franck Goldwasser said...

Sorry to break the news to you, but Joe doesn't play any guitar on those Evejim records, it's some session guy.

Xyros said...

@ Franck Goldwasser, that's ok. I've come to terms with it since you first broke the bad news to me back in 2015. :-)