Clarence "Frogman" Henry Ain't Got No Home: The Best of Clarence "Frogman" Henry

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  • Originally Released: 1994
  • Label: Chess

Tracks:

  • Buy for $1.291.Ain't Got No Home
  • Buy for $0.992.Troubles, Troubles
  • Buy for $0.993.Lonely Tramp
  • Buy for $0.994.It Won't Be Long
  • Buy for $0.995.Baby Baby Please
  • Buy for $0.996.I'm in Love
  • Buy for $0.997.But I Do, (I Don't Know Why)
  • Buy for $0.998.Just My Baby and Me
  • Buy for $0.999.Your Picture
  • Buy for $0.9910.You Always Hurt the One You Love
  • Buy for $0.9911.Lonely Street
  • Buy for $0.9912.I Love You, Yes I Do
  • Buy for $0.9913.Standing in the Need of Love
  • Buy for $0.9914.On Bended Knees
  • Buy for $0.9915.A Little Too Much
  • Buy for $0.9916.Lost Without You
  • Buy for $0.9917.Long Lost and Worried
  • Buy for $0.9918.Looking Back

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Scoring an unexpected novelty hit with the title track in 1956, Henry disappeared from the charts for four years before roaring back with two smashes in the early '60s, "(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" and "You Always Hurt the One You Love." Actually, Clarence recorded a fair number of singles for Chess' Argo subsidiary between 1956 and 1964 in the relaxed New Orleans R&B styles of his big hits. Ain't Got No Home includes 18 of these sides, most of which were previously unavailable on U.S. album. Henry developed slightly over the course of his career, adding beefier horn sections that occasionally reached back to the spirit of Dixieland. Crescent City legends like saxophonist Lee Allen and pianists Allen Toussaint and Paul Gayton crop up on these sessions; when Henry traveled to Memphis for a session, he was backed by the all-star band of Bill Justis (guitar), Boots Randolph (sax), and Floyd Cramer (piano). A bit more eccentric and unpredictable than Fats Domino, not as contemporary or inventive as, say, Lee Dorsey, Henry's vocals were consistently warm and humorous, his recordings always polished. That said, the hits remain the standouts on this collection. The rest is pleasant and fun, but don't vary much from the prototype or cause exceptional interest. A couple tracks worth noting are "I Love You, Yes I Do," an R&B ballad subsequently covered by several acts during the '60s, and the 1964 single "Long Lost and Worried," written by a young Dr. John. The informative booklet includes a neat photo of Clarence with the Beatles, ironic considering that the British Invasion made types like Clarence an anachronism. ~ Richie Unterberger

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  • Sales Rank: 13,749
  • UPC: 076732934623
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
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