The Soul Survives: Testifying At Blues Alley, Washington, D.C. (Original LP)

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Format: LP 
Label: Flair 
Year: 1982  

Media Condition: NM 
Sleeve/Cover Condition: VG+ 


A1 Fine Brown Frame
A2 This Bitter Earth
A3 Sonny Boy
A4 Summertime
A5 Teardrops From My Eyes
A6 You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

B1 5/10/15 Hours
B2 Looking Back
B3 Honky Tonk
B4 Be Anything
B5 Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean

Original pressing from 1982. Gatefold sleeve with photos and notes.

Drums – Tootsie Bean
Guitar – Billy Butler
Organ – Bobby Forrester
Saxophone – Earl Swanson

"The Soul Survives: Testifying At Blues Alley" is something of a late-career homecoming for the original queen of R&B. Having begun her career performing at DC's Bohemian Caverns and being "discovered" there by none other than Duke Ellington, Ruth Brown jumped off from those humble beginnings to pave the way for future royalty like Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and Etta James.

Despite a creer arc which saw her retreat to private life for a number of years, Brown made her mark not only as a singer, but also as an actor and activist who helped secure better financial terms for performers all over the country. She won both a Grammy and a Tony award, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

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