Good Morning Mr. Blues (Remastered) Otis Spann
- 1Good Morning Mr. Blues03:23
- 2Love, Love, Love02:32
- 3Riverside Blues03:23
- 4Must Have Been The Devil02:54
- 5Jelly Roll Baker04:11
- 6Trouble in Mind03:31
- 7Worried Life Blues04:09
- 8T.B. Blues04:15
- 9Spann's Boogie02:14
- 10Don't You Know?04:31
- 11Goin' Down Slow04:45
- 12The Skies are Blue03:35
- 13Keep Your Hands Out of My Pocket02:52
- 14Boots and Shoes03:16
Info for Good Morning Mr. Blues (Remastered)
If the Copenhagen sessions from Storyville yielded some memorable moments for Sonny Boy, the Otis Spann recording sessions could be summarized as some of his best. Totally focused on the instrument and voice, the listener is practically leaning over the piano enjoying every nuance of the keys and his incredible vocals-that is the blues. Otis Spann may have made more popular recordings with Muddy Waters, but he certainly wasn’t heard like this. After all the amplifier howlin' was over, one can understand why many of his contemporaries enjoyed having him play after hours shows following their concerts - it was so they could hear him like this.
This is one hell of an awesome recording. Listen to Spann breath as he wails on those keys. Hear his lips smack. Every nuance. Every detail.
More than 47 years after his death in 1970, at the age of 40, Otis Spann is still regarded as the quintessential Chicago Blues pianist.
This recording has been venerated by audiophiles throughout the years since its initial LP release. Remastered with 2xHD’s proprietary 2xHD Fusion Process it is now available in all high resolution formats on the 2xHD label.
„Although Otis Spann will always be known as the piano player in the Muddy Waters band, his solo work should not be overlooked. Possessing a beautifully expressive voice, Spann was also a facile songwriter, and freed of the restrictions inherent in a working electric blues band, his solo sides find him stretching out on piano, as well. This set was recorded live in 1963 in a Copenhagen studio, and it features Spann mostly solo at the piano, although at least one track, the elegant "Trouble in Mind," adds the great Lonnie Johnson on electric guitar. Spann sounds relaxed and in control here, and his silky smooth piano runs combine with his smoky, soulful singing to create what will be a complete revelation to listeners who only know his work with Waters. Essentially, this is blues done at the more sophisticated end of the scale, and though it stops short of being true jazz, it has that timeless, airy feel of skillfully arranged improvisation. Highlights include the poignant and graceful "Love, Love, Love," the intriguing "Boots and Shoes," a wonderful rendition of "Worried Life Blues," and a powerful, stomping version of "Must Have Been the Devil," Spann's 1954 single from Chess Records. This same set, with the same running order, is also available from Storyville Records under the title Blues Masters, Vol. 10.“ (Steve Leggett, AMG)
Otis Spann, piano, vocals
Recorded 1962 in Copenhagen, Denmark
the first piano player inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, did more than anyone to define the pianist’s role in postwar Chicago blues. His rock-solid support of Muddy Waters throughout the ’50s and ’60s was superb, and during his last decade Spann was able to record an impressive number of his own albums, which showcased the depth of his blues even more convincingly. Many of Spann’s recordings were made with various configurations of the Muddy Waters band, but among his most memorable sessions were those pairing him with only a guitarist or a drummer. Spann’s rumbling piano and ruminant vocals were sometimes reminiscent of the previous Chicago blues piano king, Big Maceo Merriweather. Ironically, Spann’s only minor hit single, “Hungry Country Girl,” recorded with the Fleetwood Mac band, was not released until after his death from cancer on April 24, 1970. His age was officially listed as 40, based on a March 21, 1930 birthdate that appears in various documents, but many who knew Spann thought him to be considerably older. (All Music Guide)