Luther Allison - Bad News Is Coming (CD)

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Categories
BluesMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. Blues
  3. Chicago Blues
Number of Discs
1
Number of Items
1
Title
Bad News Is Coming [Remaster]
Media
CD
BarCode
044001340727
Country of Origin
USA
Label
Motown
Distributor
Universal Distribution
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Barcode
044001340727
Previews

JazzTimes (9/01, p.89) - "...Featuring some intensely scorching fretboard work and throat-ripping vocals..."
Living Blues (9-10/01, p.79) - "...Exceptional...one of the best recordings Luther ever made....composed of several familiar titles...not one is a pro forma performance..."

Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Little Red Rooster
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Evil Is Going On
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Raggedy And Dirty
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Rock Me Baby
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Bad News Is Coming
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Cut You A-loose
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Dust My Broom
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Stumble, The - (previously Unreleased)
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Sweet Home Chicago - (previously Unreleased)
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] It's Been A Long Time - (previously Unreleased)
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Take My Love (i Want To Give It All To You) - (previously Unreleased)
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Little Red Rooster, The
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Evil Is Going On
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Raggedy and Dirty
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Rock Me Baby
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Bad News Is Coming
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Cut You A-Loose
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Dust My Broom
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Stumble, The - (previously unreleased)
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Sweet Home Chicago - (previously unreleased)
  10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] It's Been a Long Time - (previously unreleased)
  11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Take My Love - (previously unreleased)
Genre
Blues
Country
South Africa
Notes

Personnel: Luther Allison (vocals, guitar); Ray Goodman (guitar); Garfield Angove (harmonica); Paul White (piano); Andrew Smith (bass, drums).
Producer: Joe Peraino.
Reissue producer: Andy McKaie.
Recorded in 1972. Originally released on Gordy (9462). Includes liner notes by Bill Dahl.
Digitally remastered by Suha Gur (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
Personnel: Luther Allison (vocals, guitar); Ray Goodman (guitar); Garfield Anyove (harmonica); Paul White (piano, keyboards); Andrew Smith (drums).
Liner Note Author: Bill Dahl.
Recording information: 02/29/1972-08/04/1972.
Arranger: Luther Allison.
The very thing that made Luther Allison noteworthy became an albatross around his neck. Years after his initial run of records in the '70s, he was known for the same thing he was at the time -- he was the only blues artist on Gordy, or any Motown affiliated label. This was true and novel, but many focused on the novelty, not the truth, ignoring Allison's status as a terrific torchbearer of raw Chicago blues. Some of material illustrates some contemporary influence -- dig that funky groove and organ on "Raggedy and Dirty," or the rock-oriented slow burn of Mel London's "Cut You A-Loose" -- but as his original title track illustrates, he can also deliver a torturous, impassioned slow grind. Still, this isn't an album about originality, it's a record how tradition can remain alive in a contemporary setting. Apart from the slightly cleaner production and the extended running time, this could have been released 15 years earlier, since its heart is in classic Chicago blues, particularly Chess. He draws on Willie Dixon via Howlin' Wolf for the first two tracks, dipping into Elmore James and B.B. King's catalogs later on in the record. This accounts for over half of the album's running time, and every one of these tunes are familiar -- and, for good measure, he dips into "Spoonful" on "Cut You A-Loose" -- but what matters is Allison's performance, which is never less than committed and usually gripping. And that's what makes this record work -- it's firmly on familiar territory, but Allison gives it his own personality through the sheer strength of his love for this music. Perhaps that doesn't make for a revolutionary debut -- it's not a visionary record the way, say, Magic Sam's West Side Soul is -- but that would come later. With Bad News Is Coming, Luther Allison just delivered one of the best straight-ahead Chicago blues records of the early '70s. Too bad everybody thought of it as a little folly on Motown. [Allison and producer Joe Peraino cut a lot of material during these sessions, and four of the best of these outtakes -- the original "It's Been a Long Time," plus versions of "The Stumble," "Sweet Home Chicago," and "Take My Love (I Want to Give It All to You)" -- appeared on Universal/Motown's excellent 2001 reissue. There's really no difference in quality with these cuts; they simply couldn't fit on the original, but thanks to the expanded time of a CD, there's four other first-class cuts to savor on this fine modern blues platter.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Date Released
2002-06-01
Audio Format
PCM Audio
Studio / Live
Studio
Video Disabled
0
Performer
Luther Allison
Artists
  1. Allison, Luther
Duration
56m 4s
Engineer
Don Fostle; Ken Sands

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