500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Bobby Bland, 'Two Steps From the Blues'
284/500

284. Bobby Bland, 'Two Steps From the Blues'

Duke, 1961

Bland's stirring, guttural howl is epitomized by "Little Boy Blue" and "Cry, Cry, Cry," which erase any distinction between blues and soul. "I Pity the Fool" and "Lead Me On" may just be some of the purest, most heartbroken singing you'll ever hear.

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