- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
Johnny Otis become a widely recognized force in the West Coast "race" music scene in the late '50s. This collection brings together twenty-four of Otis' original Capitol recordings for over an hour of catchy R&B rocking fun. Included are the Billboard Top 10 hit "Willie And The Hand Jive", plus "Castin' My Spell", "Telephone Baby", and more.
- 1.Willie And The Hand Jive
- 2.Good Golly
- 3.Crazy Country Hop
- 4.Can't You Hear Me Callin'
- 5.Castin' My Spell
- 6.Telephone Baby
- 7.Willie Did The Cha Cha
- 8.Livin' In Misery
- 9.Three Girls Named Molly
- 10.Until We Meet Again (Bye Bye Baby)
- 12.Baby Just You
- 13.Ring A Ling
- 14.Hey Baby Don't You Know
- 15.Let The Sunshine In My Life
- 16.Well, Well, Well
- 17.Ma (He's Makin Eyes At Me)
- 18.Cold Turkey (Instrumental)
- 19.I Wonder
- 20.I'm With You
- 21.Little Angel
- 22.Why Don't You Do Right? (Get Me Some Money, Too) (Instrumental)
- 23.Voodoo Woman
- 24.Vine Street Swing (Instrumental)
2 LPs on 1 CD.
Compilation producers: Ben Vaughn, Johnny Otis.
Personnel: Johnny Otis (vocals, piano); Marie Adams, Mel Williams,
Marci Lee (vocals); Jimmy Nolan (guitar); Jack Kelso (alto, tenor & baritone
saxophones); Fred Harmon (tenor & baritone saxophones); Don Johnson, Paul Lopez (trumpet); Ernie Freeman (piano); Curtis Counce (bass); Earl Palmer (drums).
Producer: Tom Morgan.
Compilation producers: Ben Vaughn.
Includes liner notes by Ben Vaughn.
In addition to his achievements as a producer, nightclub owner, TV-show host, and talent scout (responsible for discovering Big Mama Thornton, Jackie Wilson, and Etta James, among others), Johnny Otis also led his own band. Raw, bluesy, and infectiously catchy, Otis's music chugs along on that delicious 1950s middle ground between R&B and rock & roll. THE CAPITOL YEARS collects 24 classic Otis tracks, including "Willie and the Hand Jive." With its Bo Diddley beat and infamous accompanying dance, the tune is Otis's most enduring contribution to rock & roll history
Though Otis scored most of his chart hits before his tenure with Capitol, the rest of the tracks here are up to the quality of "Willie and the Hand Jive." Rumbling beats, twangy guitars, and wailing sax solos of "Can't You Hear Me Callin'," "Castin' My Spell," and "Hum-Ding-a-Ling," for example, push all the right rock & roll buttons. The vocal help Otis gets from Marie Adams, Mel Williams, and Marci Lee, and the contributions by his cadre of fine backing musicians, lend sparkle to this set of rollicking good-time music.