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Bobby "Blue" Bland: Two Steps From The Blues (Soul Jam)

Mike Atherton, Echoes, 2012

WHEN BOBBY BLAND'S debut LP Two Steps From The Blues crept out over here on Vogue in the early '60s, one reviewer, whether through bitchiness, ignorance or both, dubbed it "Two million steps from the blues," the fashion back then being to exalt old cottonpatch hotfoots who, if not actually deceased, at least had one foot in the grave.

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