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Luther Allison - Love Me Mama (1969) Expanded Reissue 1996

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Luther Allison - Love Me Mama (1969) Expanded Reissue 1996

Luther Allison - Love Me Mama (1969) Expanded Reissue 1996
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Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Delmark | # DE-625 | Time: 01:00:45

Luther Allison seemed to be on a roll when he died in 1998. He was back home after many years in Europe, and was winning awards and making a good living. This, his debut album, was cut in 1969 when he was 30 years old. He sang as if barely able to keep a lid on his emotion, and the elegance and precision of his guitar playing belied the fact that he had only been playing the instrument for a few years. If this debut can be faulted it's only in that it relies too heavily on overfamiliar standards like "Little Red Rooster," "Five Long Years," "Dust My Broom," "Sky Is Crying," and "Every Night About This Time." The CD reissue has been expanded with alternate takes and bonus cuts.

Luther Allison - Luther's Blues (1974) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2001

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Luther Allison - Luther's Blues (1974) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2001

Luther Allison - Luther's Blues (1974) Expanded Remastered Reissue 2001
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Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Blues | Label: Motown | # 440 013 409-2 | 01:10:26

The second of three Allison albums issued on Motown's Gordy subsidiary in the 1970s, Luther's Blues captures the guitarist's uncovered-wire sound in its full glory. The crescendo ending of "Let's Have a Little Talk," one of five Allison originals here, is more than another standard variation on crowd-pleasing clichés. It's an apocalyptic, blues-wailing roar, with Allison's pleading vocal at its core. Berry Gordy turns up in the composer credits for one tune, "Someday Pretty Baby," which, along with "Part Time Love," trawls the company's early raw-edged back catalog. Even the funk-flavored "K.T."–an attempted hit single?–fits the mood. The three bonus tracks on this exemplary remaster nearly double the original LP's length, with a raw version of Freddy King's "San-Ho-Zay" glowing alongside an alternate version of Allison's "Bloomington Closing" and a lengthy medley from the 1973 Ann Arbor Blues Festival.