A pair of overlooked gems from Atlantic Records artist Bobby
Lance – back to back on a single CD! First up is First Peace, the debut album from Bobby
Lance – one of the great southern-styled rockers of the 70s – and like most of the best, an artist with a heck of a lot of soul in his sound! The album was recorded at Muscle Shoals, with a very soul-based pedigree that also includes work from King
Curtis on tenor, Eddie Hinton on guitar, Barry Beckett on keyboards, Roger Hawkins on drums, and even The Sweet Inspirations on vocals – all elements that give the music a similar shape to some of the best Atlantic Records soul albums of the time, while Bobby
delivers some heartfelt, blue-eyed vocals. Titles are all originals – and include "Somebody Tell Me", "More Than Enough Rain", "I May Not Have Enough Time", "One Turn You're In One Turn You're Out", and "Shake Down Blues". Rollin Man is a record that has Bobby
a lot more long-haired than before – a set that was recorded up in the Atlantic Records studios up north, but with a sound that still has plenty of the same southern elements of Lance's debut – including some burning organ lines that really work great with the deeper, more sophisticated style of Bobby
's music. There's less easy soul elements here, and instead this really compelling fusion of redneck rock and more sophisticated singer-songwriter modes – with Bobby
even more fully-voiced and confident than ever – on titles that include "Hot Wood & Coal", "She Made Me A Man", "John The Rollin Man", "He Played The Reals", "Tribute To A Woman", and "Something Unfinished".