Some prime Ivory Joe Hunter here, but BEWARE!
J. Owens | Chattanooga, TN USA | 04/10/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"There are 6 good Ivory Joe Hunter songs on this CD. "If You Want My Love," "In Memories," "If You Were My Own," "How About Me," "I'm Cuttin' Out," and "I Need You So" are excellent Ivory Joe tracks, and some of them are difficult to find elsewhere. However, the other four tracks on this CD ("Blue Blues," "Cold Blooded Woman," "I'm Lost Without You," and the title track "It's Been Too Long") are by Memphis Slim (or someone trying very hard to sound like him). So, no, this is not the best of Ivory Joe Hunter; it's not even ALL Ivory Joe Hunter; NOT EVEN THE TITLE TRACK is Ivory Joe Hunter. It's a fine CD with good sound, but be forewarned that 40% of this CD is not Ivory Joe Hunter at all. Having said that, the 60% that is him, is prime IJH and I can't imagine an Ivory Joe fan that wouldn't enjoy it. It gets only 3 stars, however, because almost half the album is by Memphis Slim."