Chip Deffaa
July 21, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Unsung Blues Legend -- The Living Room Session

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Lonnie Johnson
Producers
Blues Magnet
genre
Blues

We gave it an B+

The Unsung Blues Legend — The Living Room Session, unreleased performances by the man billed as ”the world’s greatest blues singer”, are a major addition to the Lonnie Johnson canon. Audio quality isn’t up to snuff, but throughout this 1965 set, recorded at a friend’s home, Johnson’s unaffected voice aches with feeling. On his own classics (”New Orleans Blues”) and vintage pop (”My Mother’s Bees”) he projects the richness of a well-lived life. B+

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