Good To Be Alive - (1973/1975) is probably one of Long John's most unknown records particularly in North America. Arguments can be made that this record is one of LJB's best records and it's a personal favorite of John's. The release of 'Good To Be Alive' in 1973 on GM Records (Gaff Mgt.) in England was the third great record that John had recorded in three years along with It Ain't Easy (1971) and Everything Stops for Tea (1972). This set of 3 recordings definitely marks a peak in Long John Baldry's recording career.

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Good To Be Alive - Producer: Jimmy Horowitz -IBC Studios - London/UK 1973
FULL DOWNLOAD MP3's - 1. Gasoline Alley      2. High and Low      3. Song For Martin Luther King
4. Good To Be Alive       5. Rake and Rambling Boy         6. Let Me Pass      7. I Wish I Was A Rock
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Brand New Day     9. Up In The Trees
      10. Let's Go        11. Maggie Bell       12. She
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Part of the problem with the record being unknown to North American fans is the fact it wasn't released until 1975 on Casablanca Records. It has always been my contention that if this Folk, Blues, and Roots-Rock recording had been given an international release on a major label in 1973 then John's career would have sky rocketed. This album was recorded in the spring of 1973 and it features some stunning slide guitar by Sammy Mitchell. John does a wonderful duet with the great session singer Liza Strike on 'She' a song by Graham Parsons. The title track, 'Good To Be Alive' is a great rocker written by Colin Allen and Zoot Money. John does a acoustic version of the traditional folk song 'Rake and A Rambling Boy' which in many ways is semi-autobiographical and Bo Diddley's 'Let Me Pass'. There is a strong interpretation of 'Gasoline Alley' that highlights the first side of the record. Also a rare Baldry written song, 'Maggie Bell' an acoustic tribute to the great Scottish singer of Stone The Crows fame. It would be nice if this record was someday recognized for its greatness by a proper North American CD release. -Jeff Edmunds

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'I wish to express my deepest sorrow for John's passing to his family and friends. I'm from Greenville Mississippi
the heart of the Delta and his music and vocals were truly the
Mississippi Delta Blues. He will truly be missed'.

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Allen O'Bryant
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