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An integral member of the nonpareil Muddy Waters band of the 1950s and '60s, pianist Otis Spann took his sweet time in launching a full-fledged solo career. But his own discography is a satisfying one nonetheless, offering ample proof as to why so many aficionados considered him then and now Chicago's leading post-war blues pianist. Spann played on most of Waters' classic Chess ... Read more in Amazon's Otis Spann Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 14, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Inspired Corporation
  • ASIN: B000001V08
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #750,820 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1961 Candid session reveals an artist who at 30 posessed a full-grown style. His experience had mostly been with the Muddy Waters troupe - a wonderful place to be, but with such a charismatic a leader, scarcely a place in the sun. Nevertheless he took command of his own session. Even when he fell into the role of accompanist, as he does on four tracks here behind the singer James Ogden (St. Louis Jimmy), he was not in the least anonymous. This CD brings out much of what was best and most characteristic in the music of Otis Spann - it's some of his finest work.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gordon B. Neavill on April 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The CD's of Otis Spann's "Walking the Blues" and "Otis Spann Is the Blues" include extra tracks that aren't listed on the packaging or the Amazon track-listing. These tracks were originally on the Japanese releases on the P-Vine label and on the limited-edition (and long out of print) Mosaic box set, which also includes Lightnin' Hopkins' 1960 Candid session. The Mosaic set includes 6 unissued tracks by Lightnin' Hopkins that as far as I know haven't been released elsewhere.

The 7 extra tracks on "Walking the Blues" are:

12. Talkin' the Blues (take 3) (5:20)
13. It Hurts Me Too (4:56)
14. One Doggone Reason (2:40)
15. Strange Woman Blues (3:51)
16. The Girl I Love (3:47)
17. Come Day, Go Day (take 3) (4:10)
18. Baby Child (take 5) (4:04)

These are classic recordings by Otis Spann (my favorite blues pianist) and Robert Lockwood, Jr. (my favorite blues guitarist), along with vocals on several tracks by St. Louis Jimmy Oden. You can't go wrong.

See my review of "Otis Spann Is the Blues" for the unissued tracks included on that CD.
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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 28, 2004
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Otis Spann was the piano player in the famous Muddy Waters blues band in Chicago from 1953 to 1969. On this record we get a chance to listen to Otis Spann singing and playing the piano solo (accompanied by a guitar only). 40 years have passed since this recording was made. Looking back I have to confess that in my judgement Otis Spann was the greater talent of the two. Today, the music of Otis Spann is still fresh, original and timeless in its deep "soulfulness" while in comparison, the music of Muddy Waters sounds to me dated and somewhat artificial in its heavy reliance on the "electrified" sound of the guitar. According to Waters, Spann "is the best blues piano player we have today. There is no one left like him who plays the real, solid, bottom blues" (a quote from an interview given by Waters in the late 1960's). Waters also liked to emphasize that Spann played the piano "with both hands" (refering to the strong and articulate left hand in Spann's piano playing). Otis Spann died rather young at the age of 40 in 1970 appearently as a poor man, while Muddy Waters continued his successful career until his death in 1983 at the age of 68.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By James Bradley on February 28, 2002
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Otis Spann has a heavenly facility at the keys, and through it he expresses not only the gamut of human feelings, but the combinations and conflicts of feelings that we all experience. I really enjoy this disk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By pegasus on December 31, 2009
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I hesitated to buy this one as there were no reviews. Jumped in anyway. Both Otis Spann's voice & piano playing on "Walking The Blues" are as good as I've heard. Ditto Robert Lockwood, Jr.; both voice & guitar accompaniment.
James Oden is good but doesn't complete w/ Spann and Lockwood. Still, no complaints; he is good, also. No one could compete w/ Spann & Lockwood on this one.
This recording has great, clear sound w/ voices & instruments complimenting each other wonderfully; no fighting to dominate.
The CD is well worth the money if all I got was Otis Spann on this version of his "Half Ain't Been Told". It's hard to decide on a favorite on this CD but if I had to "Half..." would be it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Surf'n blues on August 25, 2008
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The liner notes indicate that this was originally intended to be a Volume 2 follow-up to "Otis Spann Is the Blues", and was recorded at the same time with the same great sound quality. It includes Robert Lockwood, and features the singing of James Oden (St. Louis Jimmy) on five songs. James Oden has an unusual singing style, and takes some getting used to, but grows on you (listen to "Bad Condition" above). Overall this is a good album, but not quite as charming as the first album. A good alternative to this album is "Good Morning Mr. Blues", as it is in the same vein, but is strictly Spann with his piano. Another great recording.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Butschli on February 2, 2012
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While I share a great fondness for Spann and Lockwood Jr., and this CD is truly a great example of their work, I was disappointed to find that the pressings Amazon is currently delivering do NOT contain the seven additional tracks. Darn! The other CD mentioned, "Otis Spann Is The Blues", is still shipping with additional tracks.
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