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Two Steps From the Blues

Bobby "Blue" BlandAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B000002P9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Two Steps From The Blues
2. Cry, Cry, Cry
3. I'm Not Ashamed
4. Don't Cry No More
5. Lead Me On
6. I Pity The Fool
7. I've Got To Forget You
8. Little Boy Blue
9. St. James Infirmary
10. I'll Take Care Of You
11. I Don't Want No Woman
12. I've Been Wrong So Long

Editorial Reviews

Bobby Bland could both comfort and chill, sometimes in the same song. He does so on this undeniably classic album's "Lead Me On," which begins with the line "You know how it feels, you understand / What it is to be a stranger in this unfriendly land" and ends softly two minutes later with the promise "I'll follow you." Such drama, coupled with a mellow soulfulness, is the norm on Two Steps. Bland has been called "the Sinatra of the blues" more than once, and this album is the best explanation ever for that appellation. --Rickey Wright


Originally issued in 1961, this sublime album has Bland merging precise and eloquent vocals with an exceptional musical imagination on "I Pity the Fool," "Don't Cry No More," and nine more enthralling songs. Sympathetic producer Joe Scott never lets the brass section hinder the upsurge of Bland's phrases. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

Customer Reviews

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal.... January 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Here's an album anyone looking for great music should own. Has to be as good as any soul or blues album in the 1960's. Not dance music. Slow, simmering, deep but smoothe music from the human heart, and the crisp accompaniment of Bland's backing musicians is stellar and just punctuates the performances perfectly. The arranger and producer need some credits here, too, even though Bland and his band get first dibs on kudos. This is definitive Bobby "Blue" Bland. Make it your first purchase. Cream of the crop stuff. My favorite is "Lead Me On", a recording of haunting beauty. When his voice was in his prime and good form, this is a relief for those having purchased too many albums that overpromise. This one delivers in spades (sic). You won't feeled gipped here; that won't even occur to you. For the newcomer to the blues and the connoisseur of great records alike. A treat of a great set of performances par excellence, and what songs too! A tour-de-force, to use a term we seldom use anymore, because they hardly make great records like this anymore.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic album. May 19, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Bobby Bland is one of my favourite singers for decades, and on its initial release this album set new standards for R&B singers. Almost every track on this CD is a classic of the genre: "I pity the fool" and "St James Infirmary" could almost be described as "classic classics" they were so definitive at the time. It was such an advance for a blues singer that one reviewer then described it as "two million steps from the blues". Bland went on to become one of the most highly regarded R&B singers of his generation, influencing the singing style of later singers like Tyrone Davis.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Bobby Blue's" Blues May 10, 2001
By Genie S
Format:Audio CD
Bobby "Blue" Bland has been a well-known and well-loved favorite around Louisiana for more years than I can count, and I believe this is THE BEST of his many albums. This stuff gets in your blood, right down to your bones. Can you imagine lyrics that make you want to cry but vocals that just make your HEART SING??? Listen to this album a couple of times and you'll know what I mean. It's addictive, even if you aren't a real blues fan. This one should be in everyone's collection. Go, Bobby!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, great sonic quality April 28, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Put this on, loud, while you're getting ready to go out Friday nite. It's not a party album per se, but you'll feel as though Bobby were in the room with you, building your confidence for the evening's exploits.
The production is great. It was a great vinyl LP, but this is one CD where the digital technology makes the performance come to life. The drumming and horns are fantastic complements to Bobby's full-barreled, yet tastefully restrained vocal style.
I have a ton of CDs, but this one is on the top row of the rack.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
In high school in Louisiana in 1961 this was our favorite album. The high scool was all white (segregation) but we all loved rhythmn and blues. Bo Didley palayed at our senior dance. Bobby Bluesboy Bland was the greatest of the singers with a voice with unbelievable range. I saw him in 1997 and his voice was still in remarkbly good shape. Two Steps from the Blues is a great album and is definitely unappreciated or should I say under appreciated because if you listen you have to love. Bill Johnson
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this record April 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
These raves are all right on the mark - this is transcendent. Funny thing is, it kind of took me awhile to get it. I liked, but never loved, my lp, but a year or two after getting the cd it all clicked into place. I think sometimes exceptionally profound music takes a while to sink in. I'm sure glad I stuck with this, and trusted all the folks who said it was a classic. It's now a treasured favorite.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bobby's Best June 27, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been listening to this album since 1967 and still can't get enough of hearing the great songs on it. I have it on vinyl and CD.
Every track is great, particularly this version of "St. James Infirmary"
If you are a Bland fan, make this a must have for your collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and tasty - a MUST HAVE! June 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is a killer album, no two ways about it. I don't even think you need to be a blues-head to dig this either. It's got some INCREDIBLE singing on it and the music just doesn't come any better. They don't make em like this anymore. This record IS as essential and historic as fans, historians and music guides would have you believe. "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More" "I Pity the Fool" "St. James Infirmary" ALL these tunes are killer! No need to isolate any of them, tho the aforementioned are indeed classics. But to pick only one, i'd have to go with "Little Boy Blue". Who could find anything negative to say about this all around GREAT album? Man, they just don't make em like this anymore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent.
Great music at an affordable price.
Published 7 hours ago by Sidney A. Gines
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby's first but just one great album and more to come...
Essentially a collection (mainly) of single sides from the past few years (1958-61) but not quite a hits compilation, either... Read more
Published 10 days ago by EMBish
5.0 out of 5 stars Please listen to this
this record came out when I was in 6 grade. This is my second time purchasing it as an adult. Bobby has a smooth as silk voice and a bourbon like tone that keeps you wanting more.
Published 14 days ago by tillie king
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Sings the Blues With Heart
Bobby Blue Bland's greatest songs sung with the right amount of moans and heartache. Love it when he cries with anguish. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca Brumbaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Blue Bland
The cd's I ordered of Bobby Blue Bland was better than I expected. All the music was awesome. I could not have picked a better artist.
Published 6 months ago by Anita M Abdalla
5.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Blue Bland is Wonderful!
I love it. I had the vinyl years ago and it sounds great! It's nice to have extra music like his famous "Further on up the Road."
Published 8 months ago by Callie
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Bobby Bland
No music collection should be without this volume. He sings the blues and moans heartbreak like no other. The title track is a "tell-all"for the album...
Published 10 months ago by STILL BILL
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Bobby Blue Bland
I was reviewing top or best album for Bobby Blue Bland and Two Steps was stated as the best. This has been the greatest CD. My mother loves it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
considered nearly perfect by artists and critics and little ol me. cha cha cha, etc,etc so long good buy .amen
Published 11 months ago by ignat
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Beat This
This is my all time favorite album by Bobby "Blue Bland". I have 2 copies of the original vinyl releases. Read more
Published 12 months ago by WILLIAM H SQUIRE
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