Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Tuesday Is "Blue" Day

Bobby Bland - I Ain't Gonna Be The First To Cry

Bobby "Blue" Bland is no stranger to this blog, so I'll jump right to the music. "I Ain't Gonna Be The First To Cry" came from Bobby's ABC LP Dreamer. The arrangement borrows a bit from B.B. King's "The Thrill Is Gone," as is evidenced on the joint Bland-King LP Together Again ... Live, in which Bland interpolates the song into a live version of "Thrill Is Gone" to good effect (as discussed in this prior post). Bland's relatively cool reading of the tune on the studio version fits well with the great rhythm track and strings, making it one of my favorite Bland ABC recordings.

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