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Keb' Mo'
Keb' Mo' (Musician)
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Okeh/Epic/Legacy, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
At head of title: Martin Scorsese presents.

Issued in conjuction with the PBS documentary Martin Scorsese presents the blues.

Selections previously released ca. 1994-2000, except track 16, which is previously unreleased.

Notes by Martin Scorsese and Billy Altman laid in container.

Compact disc.
Soon as I get paid (4:38) -- Come on in my kitchen (4:08) -- Perpetual blues machine (3:15) -- Don't try to explain (3:57) -- I'm on your side (3:39) -- Henry (5:18) -- Am I wrong (2:18) -- A letter to Tracy (4:08) -- Love in vain (3:04) -- Dirty low down and bad (3:07) -- Every morning (2:59) -- Dangerous mood (4:57) -- It hurts me too (5:26) -- Crapped out again (2:30) -- Love blues (3:03) -- Peace of mind (4:11).
Added Uniform Title:
Martin Scorsese presents The blues (Television program)
Format :
Music CD


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The occasion of the series of television films broadcast under the umbrella title The Blues in the fall of 2003 provided the opportunity to compile the highlights of Keb' Mo''s recording career thus far into a single-disc collection. One might argue that, with only four regular albums under his belt (there was also a children's album, Big Wide Grin), Keb' Mo' wasn't quite ready for a best-of, but those albums attracted a wide audience among blues fans; each one lodged in the Top Five of Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart, and the second and third, Just Like You and Slow Down, won Grammys for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Actually, it's the self-titled first album from 1994 that is the most impressive (as well as the least "contemporary"), and six tracks from it have been excerpted here, with three from Just Like You, four from Slow Down, and one from the fourth album, The Door. "Crapped Out Again" appeared on the Tin Cup soundtrack in 1996, and the final track, "Piece of Mind," is a new recording. While Keb' Mo' covers Robert Johnson twice here, he generally uses traditional blues only as a touchstone, preferring to write his own songs in a blues-influenced but essentially pop style, and play them in the same manner. The film series wasn't a chronological documentary in the manner of Ken Burns' Jazz, but if it were, Keb' Mo' would have come at the end as an example of the kind of music blues has evolved into, for better or worse. He is a part of the story, but, at least on the basis of this compilation, not a major figure in it as yet. (Happily, the compilation was not released at a major price. Like the other titles in the series, it was given a mid-line list price of only $11.98). ~ William Ruhlmann