Unmatched: The Very Best Of

Unmatched: The Very Best Of

by Bobby "Blue" BlandBobby "Blue" Bland


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Bobby Bland's gospel-inflected vocals and sophisticated phrasing set him aside from the typical R&B blues singer, and he continued to stand aside in the genre throughout his long career -- if he didn't exactly end up a household name, he well should have. He was years removed from his legacy-establishing recordings for the Chess, Modern, and Duke imprints from the 1950s and 1960s when he signed with Malaco Records in 1985, and with his voice starting to show the wear of age and of countless nights of singing, it's easy to be ready to dismiss the nine albums he did for the label between 1985 and 2003. But that would be a mistake, as this 16-track compilation of some of the best sides he did for Malaco clearly shows. There's more to a singer than timbre and range. There's also heart and soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/05/2011
Label: Malaco Records
UPC: 0048021753826
catalogNumber: 7538
Rank: 61031

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bobby "Blue" Bland   Primary Artist
Frederick Knight   Background Vocals
Dorothy Moore   Background Vocals
Memphis Horns   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Thomisene Anderson   Background Vocals
Gary Armstrong   Trumpet
Robert Basso   Violin
Wayne Bennett   Guitar
Larry Byrom   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Harrison Calloway   Trumpet
Duncan Cameron   Guitar
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
David Chappell   Viola
Bob Cheesman   Trumpet,Guest Appearance
Mickey Davis   Concert Master
Ronnie Eades   Baritone Saxophone
Carol Freedman   Cello
Ray Griffin   Bass
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Catherine Henderson   Background Vocals
David Hood   Bass
Jim Horn   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist,Fills
Clayton Ivey   Keyboards,Hammond B3
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Jimmy Johnson   Rhythm Guitar
Will McFarlane   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Steve Patrick   Flugelhorn
James Robertson   Drums
George Soulé   Background Vocals
Harvey Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Toles   Guitar
Carson Whitsett   Piano,Electric Piano,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Jim Williamson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dino Zimmerman   Guitar
Charlotte Chenault   Background Vocals
Larry Grisham   Harmonica
Geremy Miller   Violin
John DiPuccio   Violin
Jorge Orbon   Violin
Sybil Cheesman   Flute
Mei Mei Luo   Violin
Steve Sigurdson   Cello
Yang Xi   Violin
DeAnn Burger   Violin
Bob Johnson   Electric Piano
Mike Lewis   Conductor
Marion Myzko   Violin
Stuart MacDonald   Violin
Debra Spring   Viola
Sam Ray Mosley   Guitar
Dennis Solee   Alto Saxophone
Alfred Olivo   Violin
Jewell Bass   Background Vocals
Jesse Robinson   Guitar
Quandra Brooks   Background Vocals
Valerie Kashimura   Background Vocals
Rosalind Lang   Violin

Technical Credits

Frederick Knight   Producer
Hal Batt   Engineer
Harrison Calloway   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Jerry Masters   Engineer
Steve Melton   Engineer
Charles Rose   Horn Arrangements
Wolf Stephenson   Engineer
Kent Bruce   Engineer
Barney Hoskyns   Liner Notes
Mike Lewis   String Arrangements
Dennis Hetzendorfter   Engineer

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