Bobby Parker – Soul Of The Blues

Virtuoso blues guitarist Bobby Parker inspired John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page and many others yet it has taken 66 years since his recording debut for a proper compilation to be issued under his name. The one you all know, Watch your Step was played on stage by the Beatles in their Hamburg days who by their own admission, took its riff to fashion the opening to I Feel Fine. And let’s not forget Led Zeppelin’s Moby Dick, which borrowed that same riff. What a great soulful blues singer Bobby Parker was too. From his 1956 recording of Titanic, to 1969’s It’s Hard But It’s Fair, we present some unforgettable vocal performances plus guitar instrumentals that showcase his unique way of playing the blues. And there are some unreleased live performances from a radio show broadcast in 1995. Bobby Parker originals are hard to come by – apart from the hit Watch your Step, everything else is a valuable collector’s item. But this compilation brings them all together in one set and we can promise a treat in store for you.


Label: rhythm and blues records
Release date: November 2020


Disc One

Sally Lou 1954
Why Must I Wonder 1954
I’m Looking For A Woman 1955
Titanic 1956
Once Upon A Time, Long Ago 1956
Suggie Duggie Boogie Baby 1956
Up, Up, Up 1956
Blues Get Off My Shoulder 1957
You Got What It Takes 1957
Foolish Love 1959
Stop By My House 1959
Watch Your Step 1961
Steal Your Heart Away 1961
Night Stroll (Pt. 2) 1961
I Got The Blues So Bad 1962
It’s Too Late Darling 1963
Get Right 1963
Gimme Some Lovin’ 1964
Do The Monkey 1964
Don’t Drive Me Away 1965
Keep Away From My Heart 1965
I Won’t Believe It Till I See It 1966
Hard But It’s Fair 1968
Couldn’t Quit My Baby 1968
You Don’t Know (Just How I Feel) 1966
Money, You Never Get Tired Of 1967
Hot Gravy 1967
In Be Tween 1967
Soul Party (Pt. 2) 1968
Both Eyes Open 1968

Disc 2

Born Under A Bad Sign 1995
Everyday I Have The Blues 1995
Bent Out Of Shape 1995
Break It Up 1995
I Call Her Baby 1995
Bobby A-Go-Go 1995
Chicken Wings 1969
Watch Your Step (take 2) 1961
Suggie Duggie Boogie Baby (take 2) 1956
There She Blows 1970
Talkin’ About Love 1967
Why 1966
Soul Party (Pt. 1) 1969
Night Stroll (Pt. 1) 1961
Funky Funky 1970
Bo Diddley 1955
Diddy Wah Diddy 1955
Dancing Girl 1955
Pass the Buck 1956
Give It Up 1956
Big Two Four 1956
South Shore Drive 1956

All in all the 52 tracks here are a veritable treasure trove of wonderful music. And the presentation of the CD set is superb with a sumptuous booklet… I can’t recommend (it) strongly enough… The definitive Bobby Parker is a dream come true for fans like me – this is the best reissue CD of 2020 for sure. Don’t you dare miss it! John Ridley

Within these 52 tracks you’ll find jump blues, novelty blues, rock ‘n’ roll blues, Chicago-style blues, gospel blues and funky blues…a fine start to a lovingly compiled set. Richard Williams

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