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I'm normally a classical and/or jazz listener. When I saw this pop up on HDTT, it piqued my curiosity. I recall hearing a blues collection LP years ago that had one great cut on it by Otis Spann, so I figured what the heck and downloaded this one. The DXD sound is what audiophiles expect from albums on this website: soundstage, details, dynamics, and "here" rather than "there." It lets you hear just what a master Spann was. He has almost insanely strong hands, endless stamina, and technique to burn. He goes on dizzying long runs that somehow managed to include intricate figures and counter figures, and his singing perfectly complements his piano playing. How substantial is this music? It's arresting, and at least sometimes, very moving. “Going Down Slow,” “Bad Condition,” and “Half Ain’t Been Told” are folksongs – is blues folk music? – of real emotional impact, get-youthinking-about-life-and-death material. If you are a blues lover, or even if you “ain’t”, this one is certainly worth a listen!
Title: Walking the Blues
Artist(s): Piano, Vocals – Otis Spann
Guitar, Vocals – Robert Lockwood Jr.
Vocals – James Oden (tracks: 3, 5, 8, 10)
Recording Info: Transferred from a 15ips 2 track tape
Recorded by Candid at Fine Recording Studios, NY August 23rd, 1960
Engineer – George Piros
1 It Must Have Been The Devil 3:47
2 Otis' Blues 4:19
3 Going Down Slow 4:00
4 Half Ain't Been Told 4:41
5 Monkey Face Woman 4:58
6 This Is The Blues 3:10
7 Evil Ways 3:53
8 Come Day, Go Day 4:13
9 Walking The Blues 4:58
10 Bad Condition 4:24
11 My Home Is On The Delta 3:13
Total Time: 45:36