Wynonie Harris Rock, Mr Blues! - The King & Atco Recordings 1949-1956

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CD Details

  • Released: January 22, 2013
  • Label: Rev-Ola Bandstand

Tracks:

  • 1.Sittin' on It All the Time
  • 2.Rock Mr. Blues
  • 3.I Like My Baby's Pudding
  • 4.Triflin' Woman
  • 5.Good Morning Judge
  • 6.A Love Untrue
  • 7.Bloodshot Eyes
  • 8.Confessin' the Blues
  • 9.Mr. Blues Is Coming to Town
  • 10.The Deacon Don't Like It
  • 11.Please Louise
  • 12.Mama, Your Daughter Done Lied to Me
  • 13.I Get a Thrill
  • 14.Christina
  • 15.Keep A-Talkin'
  • 16.Quiet Whiskey
  • 17.My Playful Baby's Gone
  • 18.Man's Best Friend
  • 19.Fishtail Blues
  • 20.Keep on Churnin' ('Til the Butter Comes)
  • 21.Drinking Blues
  • 22.Mr. Dollar
  • 23.Lovin' Machine
  • 24.Wasn't That Good?
  • 25.Just Like Two Drops of Water
  • 26.Down Boy Down
  • 27.Git with the Grits
  • 28.I Don't Know Where to Go
  • 29.Tell a Whale of a Tale
  • 30.Destination Love

Product Description:

Personnel: Clarence Kenner, Jimmy Shirley, Mickey Baker (guitar); Bill Graham (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Alonzo Buddy Lucas (alto saxophone); John Hartzfield, Robert Darby, Reuben Phillips, Charles "Lefty" Edwards, Ray Felder, David Van Dyke, Orrington Hall, Big John Greer, Louis Stephens (tenor saxophone); Curtis Peagler, Tommy Purkson, Walter Hiles (baritone saxophone); John Blain Hunt, Hal Mitchell, Frank Galbraith, Lammar Wright, Jr., Joe Wilder, Willie Wells, Bill Martin, Jimmy Nottingham (trumpet); Henderson Chambers, Alfred Cobbs, Cornelius Tate, Freddie Zito, Moses Gant (trombone); Don Abney, Eddie Smith & the Hornets, Simeon Hatch, Milt Buckner, Sir Charles Thompson, Todd Rhodes (piano); Norman Blake, Joe Foster (synthesizer); Gordon "Specs" Powell, Solomon Hall, Alfred Walker, Bill Benjamin, Herman Bradley, Edison Gore, Bill Warren, Jimmy Crawford (drums).
Liner Note Author: Dave Penny.
Recording information: Cincinnati, OH (10/19/1949-10/24/1956); New York, NY (10/19/1949-10/24/1956).
While this single-disc, 30-track CD certainly provides value for money, it's something of an awkward fit into the Wynonie Harris discography. It can't be recommended as the best Harris compilation, as it doesn't contain any material he recorded prior to late 1949. Since that pre-1949 output happens to include what's by far his best-known recording, "Good Rockin' Tonight," that's a major flaw for someone looking for Harris at his best. Still, much of what's here is Harris at his best, as it contains 28 sides he cut for King between 1949 and 1954, adding his 1956 Atco single "Destination Love"/"Tell a Whale of a Tale" (which was his sole release for the label). Too, there are a bunch of big R&B hits here, among them "Sittin' on It All the Time," "I Like My Baby's Pudding," "Good Morning Judge," "Bloodshot Eyes," and "Lovin' Machine" (though his 1950 R&B hit cover of Louis Prima's "Oh Babe!" is missing). If you're stickler for getting the biggest and most well-known hits, the briefer 18-track Rhino compilation Bloodshot Eyes: The Best of Wynonie Harris is a better starting point. Of course, there's a wealth of good jump blues here, sometimes with an underacknowledged, almost novelty-like Prima influence, occasionally getting into more rock & roll/pop-flavored tunes on the later tracks. This might be too large a dose for non-specialists, but Harris fans looking for a more thorough document of these years than is available on other compilations will appreciate it, and the liner notes and sessionography (covering just the tracks on this compilation) are well done. ~ Richie Unterberger

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  • UPC: 5013929481923
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