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The Traditional Delta and Country Blues

Blues & Soul Man by Albert Washington

Label: Ace Records.
Release Date: August 24, 1999.
Releases: December 9, 2003.
Recording Time: 74 minutes.
Recording Date: 1967 - 1973.

Styles: Juke Joint Blues, Soul.

Washington may have been a journeyman at what he did, but he was at the very top of the journeyman class, and what he did -- play a hybrid of blues and soul -- is not as overmined a genre as many blues styles are. That means that if you like blues-soul crossover, you will almost certainly like this compilation of late-'60s and early-'70s sides, which represent the peak of Washington as a recording artist. Most of these were done for Fraternity from 1967-1970, and show him comfortable in deep gospel-like Southern soul grooves ("Doggin' Me Around"), quasi-Sam Cooke pop-soul ("A Woman Is a Funny Thing"), and party-tempo blues-soul hybrids that sometimes show a B.B. King influence. The material is more soul than blues; the blues bite is usually supplied by the sharp guitar licks (sometimes played by the great Lonnie Mack), the soul embellished by Washington's cheery, uplifting vocals. The exact tracks featuring Mack are not precisely identified, but his burning, slightly distorted tone is certainly on "Turn on the Bright Lights." Three of the 25 tracks were previously unissued, and in addition to the Fraternity material there are a couple of subsequent singles on Jewel from 1971 and 1973. - Review by Richie Unterberger.

Living Blues: "...the songs are in a deep soul bag....quite good....sound quality and production values are first-rate....A must have for fans of '60s soul."

Personnel includes: Albert Washington, Lonnie Mack (guitar).

Credits: Robert Bateman - composer; Jon Broven - research; Brian Burrows - design; Duncan Cowell - mastering; Rob Hughes - research; Lonnie Mack - guest artist; Wilson Pickett - composer; Otis Redding - composer; Sonny Sanders - composer; K. Smith - composer; Traditional - composer; Albert Washington - composer, primary artist.

Tracks: 1) Doggin' Me Around; 2) A Woman Is a Funny Thing; 3) Tellin' All Your Friends; 4) Rome, GA.; 5) You Got to Pay Your Dues; 6) Jealous Woman; 7) These Arms of Mine; 8) I'm the Man; 9) Woman Love; 10) Bring It on Up; 11) Turn on the Bright Lights; 12) Lonely Mountain; 13) Hold Me Baby; 14) I'm Gonna Pour Me a Drink; 15) He's Got the Whole World in His Hands; 16) Having a Good Time; 17) Crazy Legs, Pt. 1; 18) Crazy Legs, Pt. 2; 19) Mischievous Ways; 20) Hour of Power; 21) Case of the Blues; 22) Go on and Help Yourself; 23) Loosen These Pains and Let Me Go; 24) If You Need Me; 25) Love Is a Wonderful Thing.