Bobby "Blue" Bland - Turn On Your Love Light

Bobby Bland

Turn On Your Love Light

Duke Records

Release Date: November 27th, 1961

Words by: Whaley Big Jesus
March 17th, 1962

Bobby's name is misleading here. Admittedly, I was almost out the door before I'd even given the shrill horn section a chance to ring out. I took the man at face value for a second – with a last name like Bland that's hard to avoid – but I couldn't have been more misguided.

On the contrary Bobby comes across as a charismatic and energetic force on 'turn on your love light'. Especially during the pulsing and atmospheric middle eight section, wherein, the loose, feel driven drums and the reverberating vocal, deliver this tune to its pinnacle.

Sometimes it's hard not to judge based simply on a name, and such judgments may often be warranted. For example, I didn't really need to hear the music of Limp Bizkit, My Chemical Romance, or Muse to know that I wasn't going to like them. However, perhaps in this sense Bobby "Blue" Bland comes as a revelation to me. Has he proven that maybe I shouldn't judge a band based purely on their name being along the lines of Dragonforce?

Ah, I wouldn't go that far. Let's just apply this rule of 'non-name-discrimination' to solo artists from now on. Thanks largely to this fantastic work from Bobby "Blue" Bland.

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