Thursday, June 22, 2006

Get on Down With Bobby Bland: It's a Sad Feeling ...

Bobby "Blue" Bland - Sad Feeling

This is one of the Chicago-recorded sides Bobby did in the mid-'60s, and it's a serious sender. From the sinister bass heartbeat that begins the tune and the horn opening, you know that Bobby's got something on his mind. Then two neat things happen: an uncredited bass singer does some call-and-response with Bobby on the first verse, and at the end of said verse, the horns hit like a brick and a female vocalist (also uncredited) comes in to give support. Bobby is in top form on this one, but the arrangement is really the star of the show. I remember that the first time I heard this one I played it about 15 times in a row. I think you might want to, also.

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