Contains 9 CD bonus tracks.
Personnel: Joe Liggins (vocals, piano); Candy Rivers (vocals); Frank Pasley, Harold Leonard Grant (guitar); Floyd Turnham, Floyd Thurnam, Jr. (clarinet, saxophone); Willie E. Jackson, Willis "Gator" Jackson (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jewell L. Grant, William B. Woodman, Jr., James Jackson, Ewell Goldyn "Bo" Rhambo, William Woodman Jr., Thomas Maxwell Davis (tenor saxophone); Nathaniel Jack McFay, Earl Carter, Peppy Prince (drums).
Liner Note Author: Billy Vera.
Recording information: Universal Recorders, Hollywood, CA (01/20/1950-03/12/1954).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Wallace Sanford; Joe Liggins.
Pianist Joe Liggins presented a fairly sophisticated brand of swinging jump blues to jitterbuggers during the early '50s, when his irresistible "Pink Champagne" scaled the R&B charts. Twenty-five of his very best 1950-1954 Specialty sides grace this collection, including a tasty remake of "The Honeydripper;" "Rhythm in the Barnyard," and the syncopated "Going Back to New Orleans" (recently revived by Dr. John). ~ Bill Dahl