Phillip Walker Bottom of the Top
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- Released: January 29, 1990
- Label: Hightone Records
Option"consistently engaging, and frequently stunning"
- 1.I Can't Lose With the Stuff I Use
- 2.Tin Pan Alley
- 3.Hello Central
- 4.Hello, My Darling
- 5.Laughing and Clowning
- 6.Crazy Girl
- 7.It's All in Your Mind
- 8.The Bottom of the Top
- 9.Hey, Hey Baby's Gone
- 10.Cryin' Time
Personnel includes: Phillip Walker (vocals, guitar); Teddy Reynolds (keyboards).
Engineers include: Ed Fournier, John Cevetello, Bill Dasheell.
Recorded in 1969 & 1972. Includes liner notes by Pete Welding.
Digitally remastered by Bernie Grundman.
Personnel: Phillip Walker (vocals, guitar); Ina Bea Walker, Ian Walker (vocals); Dennis Brown (steel guitar); Joel Peskin (alto saxophone); David Li, David II (tenor saxophone, organ); Lacy Freeman, Freeman Lacy (tenor saxophone); Samuel Cross (baritone saxophone); Chops Anthony, Sammie Coleman, Ike Williams (trumpet); Teddy Reynolds, Arthur Woods, Ted Reynolds, Jimmy Vaughn, Nathaniel Dove, James Vaughn (keyboards); Glenway McTeer, Johnny Tucker (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Bernie Grundman; Bill Dashiell.
Liner Note Author: Pete Welding.
Recording information: Edorado Studio, Los Angeles, CA (09/03/1969-08/10/1972); Harmony Studio, Los Angeles, CA (09/03/1969-08/10/1972); Joliet Studio (09/03/1969-08/10/1972); Vault Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA (09/03/1969-08/10/1972).
Photographers: John DeLeon; Carol Lee.
There weren't many blues albums issued during the early '70s that hit harder than this one. First out on the short-lived Playboy logo, the set firmly established Walker as a blistering axeman sporting enduring Gulf Coast roots despite his adopted L.A. homebase. Of all the times he's cut the rocking "Hello My Darling," this is indeed the hottest, while his funky, horn-driven revival of Lester Williams's "I Can't Lose (With the Stuff I Lose)" and his own R&B-drenched "It's All in Your Mind" are irresistible. After-hours renditions of Sam Cooke's "Laughing & Clowning" and Long John Hunter's "Crazy Girl" are striking vehicles for Walker's twisting, turning guitar riffs and impassioned vocal delivery. ~ Bill Dahl
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