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Raw Blues


Download links and information about Raw Blues by Johnnie Taylor. This album was released in 1969 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Blues genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 33:54 minutes.

Artist: Johnnie Taylor
Release date: 1969
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Blues
Tracks: 11
Duration: 33:54
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No. Title Length
1. Where There's Smoke There's Fire 3:05
2. Hello Sundown 2:49
3. Pardon Me Lady 2:56
4. Where Can a Man Go From Here 3:15
5. That Bone 2:58
6. That's Where It's At 3:31
7. Part Time Love 3:31
8. If I Had It To Do All Over 3:05
9. You're Good For Me 3:31
10. You Can't Keep a Good Man Down 2:39
11. You Can't Win With a Losing Hand 2:34



While the "Raw" part of the title may be overstating the case just a bit, "Blues" describes this disc pretty well, thank you — on his fourth album, Johnnie Taylor shifts his focus away from Stax's trademark Southern soul stylings towards leaner and grittier blues-based performances, a style he'd already shown a knack for on his earlier sets. Raw Blues still walks a line between soul and blues, with the sweet-and-sour tone of The Memphis Horns sometimes stacking the deck in favor of the former, but "Part Time Love", "Hello Sundown" and "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down" generate a potent late-night mood vibe which match the downcast authority of Taylor's voice. And if the always air-tight performances of the Stax studio crew (including Steve Cropper and Isaac Hayes) pack enough heat to turn "You Can't Win With A Losing Hand" and "That Bone" into potent dance floor material, Taylor's rough but passionate delivery never lets this get too close to the Land of the Slick. A strong and heartfelt set that serves as an important precursor to Taylor's later blues-oriented sets for Malaco.