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Album: First Class Blues
# Song Title   Time
1)    Two Steps from the Blues
2)    St. James Infirmary
3)    Members Only
4)    Sunday Morning Love
5)    In the Ghetto
6)    Sweet Woman's Love
7)    Angel
8)    I've Just Got to Know
9)    Can We Make Love Tonight
10)    After All
11)    I Hear You Thinkin'
12)    Straight from the Shoulder
13)    Love Me or Leave Me
14)    Second Hand Heart
15)    Walkin' and Talkin' and Singin' the Blues
16)    Heart, Open up Again
 

Album: First Class Blues
# Song Title   Time
1)    Two Steps from the Blues
2)    St. James Infirmary
3)    Members Only
4)    Sunday Morning Love
5)    In the Ghetto
6)    Sweet Woman's Love
7)    Angel
8)    I've Just Got to Know
9)    Can We Make Love Tonight
10)    After All
11)    I Hear You Thinkin'
12)    Straight from the Shoulder
13)    Love Me or Leave Me
14)    Second Hand Heart
15)    Walkin' and Talkin' and Singin' the Blues
16)    Heart, Open up Again
 
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  • Personnel: Bobby "Blue" Bland (vocals); Dino Zimmerman, Jimmy Johnson, Larry Byrom, Jerry Puckett, Wayne Bennett, Rick Harvey, Jessie Robinson, Bernard Jenkins (guitar); Mickey Davis, Bob McNally, Claudette Hampton, Peggy Plucker, Janet Dressler, Steve Dressler, John Frantz, Brian Gum, Linda Geidel, Patrice Evans, Mark Hatch, Tim Mika (strings); Jim Horn (flute, horns); Sybil Cheesman (flute); Harrison Calloway, Ben Cauley, Harvey Thompson, Charles Rose, Ronnie Eades, Wayne Jackson (horns); Carson Whitsett (keyboards); Ray Griffin (bass); James Robertson (drums); Vince Barranco, Carmelo Garcia (percussion); Jewel Bass, Thomisene Anderson, Catherine Henderson, George Soule (background vocals).
  • Engineers: Wolf Stephenson, Tom Easley, Pete Green.
  • Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Sheffield, Alabama; Malaco Studios, Jackson, Mississippi. Includes liner notes by Jeff Hannusch aka Almost Slim.
  • Digitally remastered by M.C. Rather (Custom Mastering, Nashville, Tennessee).
  • Personnel: Bobby "Blue" Bland (vocals); Charles Rose (guitar, horns); Jimmy Johnson , Roderick Harvey, Jerry Puckett, Jessie Mae Robinson, Larry Byrom, Wayne Bennett, Dino Zimmerman (guitar); Brian Gum, John Frantz, Tim Mika, Linda Geidel, Mark Hatch, Steve Dressler, Bob McNally, Mickey Davis, Peggy Plucker, Janet Dressler, Claudette Hampton (strings); Jim Horn (flute, horns); Sybil Cheesman (flute); Harrison Calloway, Jr., Wayne Jackson , Ben Cauley, Harvey Thompson, Ronnie Eades (horns); Carson Whitsett (keyboards); Ray Griffin (bass guitar); James Robertson (drums); Vince Barranco, Carmelo Garcia (percussion); George Soul?, Jewel Bass, Thomisene Anderson, Catherine Henderson (background vocals).
  • Liner Note Author: Jeff Hannusch.
  • Recording information: Malaco Studios, Jackson, MS; Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, AL.
  • Photographer: Paul White.
  • Although it isn't billed as such, this is a compilation of some of the best tracks from Bland's first two '80s albums for Malaco fleshed out with remakes of some of his most famous late-'50s and early-'60s hits. Of the latter, the standouts are probably "Two Steps From the Blues" and "St. James Infirmary." Bland can't quite hit the high notes the way he once did, but his voice is still attractive and his phrasing is, if anything, even better. The more recent material ranges from "Members Only," with its great retro-60s soul groove, to the straight-ahead blues of "Straight From the Shoulder."
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