Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Very Best of Otis Spann

This is my own 'best of' compilation of one of the greatest blues piano player ever, Otis Spann, famous by his work with the Muddy Waters blues band -he did some superb recordings with Lonnie Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson II in Europe too- , but a sensational bluesman in his own right. I've enclosed some of his very best boogie and mid-tempo instrumentals and of course also some of his soulfulest vocals ever, from the 1960 Candid sessions with Robert Jr Lockwood, to some of his gems for Bluesway, Vanguard and Testament Records, plus a marvelous single with harp master Big Walter Horton. As a bonus -as 'half ain't been told'- I've added a full Storyville album too, some of his very best solo stuff, Blues Masters Vol. 10 - Otis Spann, recorded in Denmark in 1963. Pure blues mastery.

-Jay Bee Rodríguez

The Best of Otis Spann

01. Candid_1-01 - Can't Stand Your Evil Ways (tk 2)_C
02. Candid_1-04 - Walkin' The Blues.(1960)_C
03. Candid_1-05 - Otis In The Dark_E
04. Candid_1-06 - This Is The Blues_D
05. Candid_1-07 - Worried Life Blues_C
06. Candid_1-08 - Cow Cow Blues_Bb
07. Candid_1-09 - Beat-Up Team_E
08. Candid_1-11 - My Home Is On The Delta_G
09. Candid_1-12 - It Must Have Been The Devil_A
10. Candid_2-10 - Otis' Blues_A
11. Candid_2-11 - Half Ain't Been Told_Am
12. Candid_2-12 - Can't Stand Your Evil Ways (take 4)
13. TheBluesOf - I_Got_A_Feeling (1964)_G
14. TheBluesOf - Keep_Your_Hand_Out_D
15. TheBluesOf - Lost_Sheep_In_The_Fold_C
16. TheBluesOf - Meet_Me_In_The_Bottom_G
17. TheBlueswayRec - Diving Duck_C
18. TheBlueswayRec - Nobody Knows Chicago_G
19. Vanguard - Marie (1967)_C
20. Vanguard - S.P. Blues_F
21. Vanguard - Spann's Stomp
22. wBigWalter - Bloody Murder_D
23. wBigWalter - G.B. Blues (Testament)
24. Testament_05. You Can't Hide (1969)_C
25. Testament_08. Vicksburg Blues_F
26. Testament_11. See See Rider_Bb
27. Testament_Mr. Jelly Roll Baker_D


The Blues Masters vol.10 - Otis Spann

01. Good Morning Mr. Blues
02. Love, Love, Love
03. Riverside Blues
04. Must Have Been The Devil
05. Jelly Roll Baker
06. Trouble In Mind
07. Worried Life Blues
08. T.B. Blues
09. Don't You Know
10. Goin' Down Slow
11. The Skies Are Blue
12. Keep Your Hands Out Of My Pocket
13. Boots and Shoes




  1. Thank you for taking the trouble to produce this compilation. Spann is one of those people I don't know much about, and I've resisted downloading random discs I've come across ... this makes getting to know his work easier.