Luther Allison ‎– Bad News Is Coming

Gordy ‎– G 964L
Vinyl, LP



1972 Motown Record Corporation

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Label Code (Side 1): HS-2007-2
  • Label Code (Side 1): B4RS-8250
  • Label Code (Side 2): HS-2008-2
  • Label Code (Side 2): B4RS-8251
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1): B4RS-8250
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): B4RS-8251

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
440 013 407-2 Luther Allison Bad News Is Coming(CD, Album, RE, RM) Motown 440 013 407-2 US 2001 Sell This Version
G 964L DJ Luther Allison Bad News Is Coming(LP, Album, Promo) Gordy G 964L DJ US 1972 Sell This Version
2C 068 94.123 Luther Allison Bad News Is Coming(LP, RE) Motown 2C 068 94.123 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 064-94123 Luther Allison Bad News Is Coming(LP) Tamla Motown 2C 064-94123 France 1973 Sell This Version
none Luther Allison Bad News Is Coming(LP, Album, RE, 180) Motown none Italy 2016 Sell This Version



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November 24, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
If not the most abrasive album Motown ever released, at least one of the most aptly titled. Blues legend (aren't they all?) Luther A. straddles the sawhorse between plodding doldrums and pure physical pain on this seven-song collection guaranteed, like most 'blues' albums, to *give* you the blues.

Side 1 opens with three dragging, lumbering behemoths of dispiriting ultragrunge. On "The Little Red Rooster," Luther comes out yelpin' like R. Plant. "Evil Is Going On" has a halting rhythm that will prompt you to scan the liner notes and discover that the bassist on all of these tunes is one Andrew Smith, and that the drummer on all of the tunes is...[sloppy press roll]...the same Andrew Smith. "Ragged and Dirty" is 'funk' per se, with ear-gouging vocals. B. B. King's joyful "Rock Me Baby" becomes a 6/8 Rush Street bummer

Side 2 opens with a shock: the title track is a 6/8 blues ballad that can only be described as agony, in the best sense of the word. It's barely music -- more like simple sound waves that somehow approximate human suffering. "Cut You a Loose" cuts the rally off in its track(s), alternating between midtempo semi-shuffle and 6/8 ballad -- formula blooz with rubbish drumming. The closer, "Dust My Broom," the sonic graveyard of all legendary bluesmen, is mediocre, of course, except for the slide guitar playing, straight razor vocal, and deranged Beefheart-like guitar-only break.

The Metal Machine Music of electric blues? Neglected masterpiece? Uncompromising roots manifesto? Existential howl of grand despair? Or one of a million reasons to avoid any blues after 1960? You be the judge. I'm exhausted.