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Black and Blue / Tobacco Road


Download links and information about Black and Blue / Tobacco Road by Lou Rawls. This album was released in 2006 and it belongs to Blues, Jazz, Vocal Jazz genres. It contains 24 tracks with total duration of 01:16:33 minutes.

Artist: Lou Rawls
Release date: 2006
Genre: Blues, Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Tracks: 24
Duration: 01:16:33
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No. Title Length
1. Roll 'Em Pete 1:53
2. I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water 3:35
3. How Long, How Long Blues 2:31
4. Every Day, I Have the Blues 4:22
5. St. James Infirmary 4:42
6. (What Did I Do To Be So) Black and Blue 3:30
7. Gloomy Sunday 3:07
8. Kansas City 2:12
9. Goin' To Chicago Blues 2:53
10. Trouble In Mind 3:52
11. World of Trouble 3:11
12. Six Cold Feet of Ground 3:02
13. Strange Fruit 3:28
14. Tobacco Road 4:01
15. Cotton Fields (The Cotton Song) 2:10
16. Rockin' Chair 1:57
17. Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) 3:02
18. Old Man River 3:49
19. Blues For a Four String Guitar 3:30
20. St. Louis Blues 2:28
21. Georgia On My Mind 3:19
22. Sentimental Journey 3:19
23. Summertime 3:34
24. When It's Sleepy Time Down South 3:06



Black and Blue and Tobacco Road were Lou Rawls' third and fourth records for Capitol cut in 1962 and 1963, respectively. The powers that be at the label made the decision to send Rawls into the studio with a swinging big band under the direction of Onzy Matthews and featuring some real heavyweights like saxophonists Curtis Amy, Teddy Edwards, and Sonny Criss; organist Groove Holmes; and bassist Curtis Counce. The choice didn't pan out commercially, but artistically it is a triumph. The band is perfect, the arrangements are tight and interesting, and Rawls sounds completely in his element as he belts out jazz standards like "Summertime" and "Gloomy Sunday." Most of the records are devoted to blues standards like "Trouble in Mind," "Stormy Weather," "St. James Infirmary," and "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water," and while on paper they may look like the same old songs everyone does, Rawls brings them to life and even sets a few ablaze with his rich, rough, and powerful vocals. The best moment is his sparse and exhilarating version of "Tobacco Road," a tune that has come to be associated with him, mostly due to his live version cut a couple of years later on Lou Rawls Live! This version is a touch less exciting but just as impressive, and it is a treat to hear. In fact, both albums are a treat. Rawls may just be starting his long career, but he sounds fully formed, relaxed, and at home with the big band behind him. It makes for some of the most enjoyable Lou Rawls you'll hear, and fans of Rawls and great jazz and blues vocals should rejoice that Capitol has finally made the records available on CD.